Tape of Sarkozy Snapping at 'Ill-Mannered' TV Tech a Hit

Presidential temper flares after worker fails to return greeting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 9:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A leaked film of French President Nicolas Sarkozy telling off a TV technician has become an Internet hit, the Australian reports. Sarko, unaware he's being filmed, snaps at the man after the worker fails to respond to a greeting, and even suggests the technician shouldn't be working for state television. The video, the latest embarrassment for Sarkozy, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

"It's a matter of upbringing," said the irritable president to the technician minutes after Sarkozy infuriated the TV staff by announcing his plans to shake up the station. "When you're a guest you're entitled to have people say 'hello' to you. Incredible!"