With only six days remaining before the first round of voting in the French presidential elections, what at first seemed a staid and unpromising campaign season has once again veered into the rocambolesque
. Agence France Presse
According to the UDF candidate`s campaign team, Fran?§ois Bayrou`s headquarters, located in Paris` VIIth arrondissement, was occupied by illegal aliens [sans-papiers] late Friday afternoon.Around 4:30 P.M., "around a hundred" illegal aliens, among them mothers and small children, entered the headquarters according to our source. They left shortly before 7 P.M.
In the aftermath of the much publicized Gare du Nord riot
, today`s raid on the centrist candidate`s headquarters [for Bayrou`s relatively wimpy stance on immigration, see here
] only serves to confirm the central place accorded immigration and national identity
in a campaign that has, so far, been largely defined around these issues. Sarkozy
and Le Pen
, one must suppose, are rubbing their hands in glee.