Zut Alors! Sarko Blasts Photogs on US Boat Trip

Jumps on board, demands they stop snapping pics
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2007 5:44 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy heads out for a boat ride while vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Clad only in swim trunks, French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday lashed out at two US news photographers—screaming at them in French to scram—while he was vacationing with his family on a New Hampshire lake. "The president was very agitated, speaking French at a loud volume very rapidly," said one of the photographers.

Sarkozy was headed into open water when he spotted the two journalists on a boat. He redirected his boat toward them and jumped on board to scold them. At first "he was smiling," said an AP photographer who had permission from a security patrol boat to be nearby. "Then he noticed us taking pictures and his happy demeanor diminished immediately."