The French president is in excellent health, but his celebrity means even minor incidents get the full press treatment.
President Sarkozy's law-and-order push now includes three years in jail or a 45,000 euro fine for being a member of a gang.
A new discourse is emerging in France and Europe that urges a focus on ability – rather than on race or skin.
French politicians don't talk about faith openly. But President Sarkozy wants a more open discussion of the role of religion.
His latest faux pas – a new hit on YouTube – comes as his approval rating slips to 36 percent.