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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Hollande - Sarkozy, Le Débat - where were Ferrari and Pujadas?

How was your Wednesday evening?

Did you spend it as reportedly more than 17 million others did in France, in front of the box watching Le Débat, the long-awaited televised duel between François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy four days before the country goes to the polls?

Well did you?

And what about those loo breaks - did you manage them? Because there were no commercials and the two kept going and going and going for almost three hours.

If you did manage to stick with it, the chances are that you'll have found something to confirm your opinions on both candidates - be that positive or negative - and their relative claims to be the country's choice when the French vote on Sunday.

It probably also depends on where you stand - politically speaking.

But surely everyone must be agreed on one thing.

What the heck happened to the two journalists who were supposedly moderating the debate?

Laurence Ferrari, TF1's nightly news anchor, and her counterpart from France 2, David Pujadas, were there.

You could see them on the screen and occasionally hear them try to get the two "political pugilists" either side of them back on the agreed track in terms of subjects to be discussed.

Somehow though they just seemed to get lost in the crossfire; a fact that didn't go unnoticed by political commentators and viewers alike.

The magical kingdom of the Net of course provided a playground for those not only wishing to parody what Hollande and Sarkozy had to say but also what Ferrari and Pujadas didn't manage to do.

There's a great selection of them on Tumblr for you to peruse at your leisure - it's worth looking through and will certainly raise a smile or two.

But perhaps the best was the one depicting Ferrari and Pujadas as the subjects of an Alerte enlèvement  or Amber Alert with the cruelly accurate, "We're currently looking for two journalists who should be chairing the debate between Sarkozy and Hollande. One is wearing a wig and the other makes eyes at Sarkozy. The last time they were seen was playing Scrabble on

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are unfair! they did serve a purpose, they looked at the clock and regularly said "we're running late" or "Mr X., you are 2min behind Mr Y.".

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