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No Sarkozy Day in Paris

Many of us have seen pictures of huge crowds protesting and chanting against Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Now this is happening in France too.

The grassroots movement “No Sarkozy Day” is protesting today against the flamboyant President Nicolas Sarkozy — just a week after Sarkozy’s right-wing party took a blow in the regional elections.

The movement is hoping to gather 10,000 protesters in Paris, and its Facebook group has around 380,000 members.

Most of them don’t belong to any political party, and they say are fed up with Sarkozy’s style — “too bling-bling” as they like to say — and the fact that close to a quarter of French people under 25 are unemployed.

To give you a sense of the vibe this afternoon on Place de la Republique in Paris, here is a short video.