The left-wing website Indymedia seems to have allowed itself to be manipulated by the anti-semitic right again. A recent report on the site, citing the Iranian-government-sponsored Press TV (for which Yvonne Ridley works) as source, claims that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a former agent of the Israeli secret police Mossad.
The Indymedia posting adds: "This would explain the country's new alignment with the 'Neo-Cons'."
So if Sarkozy were a proper French bourgeois politician, he couldn't be "neo-con" inclined, or friendly to the US administration? Only the secret intrigues of "the Zionists" can explain why bourgeois politicians of second-rank countries might want to keep "in" with the world's superpower?
Presumably the person posting on Indymedia would want to blame Sarkozy's attacks on union rights and on pensions on the hidden hand of "the Zionists", too.
A quick check on Google reveals that the story has gone round the web like wildfire.
The Indymedia version is:
Sarkozy was ex-Mossad secret agent
A report reveals that French President Nicolas Sarkozy worked for Israeli intelligence for a long time before he was elected president.
French daily Le Figaro has revealed the French leader once worked for the Zionist regime as a sayan, Hebrew for 'collaborator'...
"Sarko the Sayan" has also followed in the footsteps of the White House by choosing a hostile approach toward Iran and its peaceful nuclear activities.
There was a report in Le Figaro, on 12 October 2007. Le Figaro, a conservative paper, far from crediting what it called "the strange accusations" against Sarkozy, quoted a French government official as saying that the anonymous accusations looked like a gambit by some far-right group.