Speedy's Race Against Crime

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WHIRLWIND: Sarkozy keeps up a frantic pace and craves the limelight

Until recently, Nicolas Sarkozy was often derided as a cynical schemer driven exclusively by his own career ambitions. He was called a "bastard" and a "traitor" — by members of his own political party. But now the French Interior Minister's performance as his country's top crime fighter has made him the darling of the French public, and given him 63% approval ratings. Sarkozy, 47, redeemed his image by pushing the kind of tough law-and-order program his countrymen have been demanding. His ministry is already reporting that the new policies have caused a drop in crime and their popularity has helped make...

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