Sarkozy Heroics Made-for-TV

President's 1993 "Human Bomb" story remade for television
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 8:39 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at the Senate in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. Sarkozy, making good on election promises of ground-shifting reforms for France, forged ahead on two...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the hagiography of Nicolas Sarkozy, no story looms larger than the then-mayor's 1993 negotiation with a psychotic who took children hostage at a daycare center. Now, writes the Times of London, French state television is releasing Human Bomb, a docu-fiction of the 46-hour standoff between Sarkozy and the hostage taker.

The film mixes documentary footage with reenactments by a young actor as Sarkozy. A senator has said that the performance is more real than real life, but the French daily Libération laments that the country is suffering from a "Sark-overdose" after too much media exposure. The film screens tonight on France 2.