Sarko Jeered at African Leader's Funeral

French president booed, taunted in Gabon
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2009 5:39 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former French President Jacques Chirac lay flowers in front of the coffin of late Gabonese president Omar Bongo yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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(Newser) – Crowds in the African nation of Gabon booed Nicolas Sarkozy at the funeral of the country's long-serving strongman president, Omar Bongo. Dozens of onlookers shouted "We don't want you, leave!" at the French leader and his predecessor, Jacques Chirac. France ruled Gabon in the colonial era and kept close ties to the oil-rich nation after independence.