Sarkozy holes up in café as protesters vent their anger
Friday 02 March 2012
Several hundred angry protesters booed President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take refuge in a café protected by riot police as he campaigned yesterday in France's south-west Basque country.
Riot police surrounded the Bar du Palais in Bayonne, where Mr Sarkozy holed up to get away from the protesters – some of them Basque nationalists, others carrying posters of rival Socialist candidate François Hollande.
Inside the café, Mr Sarkozy denounced "the violence of a minority and their unacceptable behaviour".
He remained in the café for about an hour, meeting with residents of Bayonne. Some of the protesters outside threw eggs towards the barrier of riot police guarding the café.
The conservative Mr Sarkozy trails Mr Hollande, the front-runner, in the two-pronged April and May presidential election.
"Here, we're in France, on the territory of the French republic, and the president of the republic will go everywhere," Mr Sarkozy said once inside the café. "And if that doesn't please a minority of troublemakers, too bad for them."
- 1 Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Royal baby: Live updates as the wait continues for Duchess of Cambridge's second child
Hermann Goering's daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...
Voluntary: Cancer Research UK: We’re looking for someone to support our award ...