APPEAL OF CONSCIENCEPresident of French Republic
Regrets Stain On Tricolor Flag
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
ICOLAS SARKOZY, the president of the French republic, held on to the crystal eagle statuette for dear life. Rabbi Arthur Schneier was trying to wrest the prize away to hold it up for the 1,200 guests at the Appeal for Conscious Foundation dinner last week at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Rabbi Schneier, founding president of the organization, presented the group’s award to Sarkozy because "you made sure we live in a united world, not a divided world."
"Receiving the World Statesman Award when everything is going wrong is a great honor," Sarkozy responded.
On the current war on terror Sarkozy insisted, "Coming from France that symbolizes human rights, terrorists cannot be opposed with their tactics, but with human rights and due process."
He called anti-Semitism in his country "a stain on our tricolor flag."
"When a Jew is insulted or ill-treated because he is Jewish, it affects Jews throughout the world. Anti-Semitism should never be explained. We should wage war on it. This I will continue to do tirelessly."
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that we require "the involvement and cooperation of Russia in proliferation, Iran and jihad Islam. Sarkozy has made a major effort in this regard."
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, and recipient of the Appeal of Conscience Award, said he has 10,000 employees in France, "our second home." He added, "Thanks to Sarkozy, our employees can work 40 hours a week instead of 30."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who accepted a Public Service Award, confessed that in high school he got his first D in French.
"President Sarkozy, we welcome you here," Bloomberg added. "We want you to come back and spend a lot of money."