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Rencontres du Figaro: cultural walk with Nicolas Sarkozy


Nicolas Sarkozy, back ... Salle Gaveau. In this symbolic place where he celebrated his victory on May 6, 2007, and where he welcomed the new members of the UMP, the former head of state responded to the Figaro's invitation to talk about art and French beauty, identity and culture.

"For me, it's very moving to come back here"

, confides Nicolas Sarkozy in front of a conquered room of nearly 800 people. Chance of the calendar, the meeting organized under the aegis of Alexis Brézet and Vincent Trémolet de Villers, takes place at the same time as the declaration of candidacy of Eric Zemmour and the last debate of the LR candidates at the congress.

"Thank you for depriving yourself of all this for us"

, laughs Alexis Brézet.

“If I understand correctly, you have all made immense sacrifices! »

, Bounces Nicolas Sarkozy, still LR inset.

“Basically I am like you. I'm wondering. What do we have to do ? "

, He pretends to wonder in the middle of the week of LR congress.

To read also Nicolas Sarkozy: "There is a French culture!"

There is total silence, the public suspended from the words of the former head of state.

“It is useless to be cruel or to be mean. It is so classic to say that his successors are less good than oneself ”,

develops the one who does not intend to fall into this“ vulgarity ”.

“The Republican candidates, I got them all. And, if they ask me for advice, I will gladly give them. "

Often, LR elected urging him to intervene to

" help the leader. " “If the leader needs to be helped, if he needs to be taken by the hand, he is not a leader because I do not remember that Chirac helped me a lot… And maybe he did me the greatest service! »

, Argues theex-president. He won't say more.

Art, "it's vital!"

Tuesday evening, Nicolas Sarkozy came to talk about art and the emotions it brings. It was through reproductions of works on stamps that he bought with his maternal grandfather that he discovered painting. He fell, as a child, on

Les Joueurs de cartes,

by Cézanne

. “It moved me so much. Where does this magic come from of people who have such technicality, such mastery without killing emotion? He

asks. “

It was there that I discovered beauty for the first time. And maybe, all my life, I've been



, he continues.

There is nothing to explain in front of the beautiful. There is to be moved. It is a shared emotion. "

Even today,in front

of Michelangelo's


in Saint-Pierre, Nicolas Sarkozy does

"Can prevent herself from speaking in a low voice"


“Perhaps the beginning of the beginning of the proof of the existence of God is in art that we find it.

There is a mystical dimension to art, if we don't understand it, we don't understand anything, ”he


There can be no culture without roots.

When I hear that there is no French culture, it's a huge problem for me

Nicolas sarkozy

Long despised by a part of the intelligentsia, which suggested to him what he should read or admire, Nicolas Sarkozy, who devours 50 pages a day, ignites: art,

"it is vital!" "


“It's a priority. Can you go a day without reading a book? From my point of view, it is dangerous. "

Evoking the great literary works, from Balzac to Céline, passing by Tolstoy and Shakespeare, Nicolas Sarkozy lingers on

" the soul of a country "

that each work carries within it.

“There can be no culture without roots. (…) When I hear that there is no French culture, it is a huge problem for me. There is a French culture which speaks to the universal ”

,insists the ex-president.

There is a continuum in history;

removing a part is like removing a load-bearing wall, everything collapses.

This is what the very small, very tight minds of today have not understood

Nicolas sarkozy

A culture that we must




like our history, notes Nicolas Sarkozy, who denounces the "cancel culture".

“I don't like this hatred of us,” he

sweeps away.

"The word culture has never been used so badly"

, he annoys, seeing in this current

"an improbable claim". “We should throw everything away… It's the new world. It all starts with them. It makes no sense, ”

he says, calling on everyone to

“ try to live up to this heritage ”

. If the former president does not forget

"the painful, painful, sometimes shameful or scandalous moments"

of the past, he invites us to remember that

"We are France"


“There is a continuum in history;

removing a part is like removing a load-bearing wall, everything collapses,

he concludes under heavy applause from the room.

This is what the very small, very close minds of today have not understood.


Source: lefigaro

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