France: Let’s Turn On the Heat!

Bettencourt has supplied the pot . . . let’s turn on the heat!

Karak is a cartoonist based in Montpellier, France, who blogs at <>.  This cartoon was published in his blog on 24 September 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at]  Cf. “President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government has been destabilised for months by allegations of conflicts of interests and exchanges of favours by Eric Woerth, social affairs minister and former UMP party treasurer, and Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oréal billionairess.  Mr Woerth denies any wrongdoing.  But an in-depth investigation is likely to leave the controversy — surrounding his role as minister and chief party fund-raiser — hanging over him and Mr Sarkozy potentially up to the 2012 presidential election” (Ben Hall, “Prosecutor Calls for Fresh Woerth Probe,” Financial Times, 27 September 2010); CGT, “Le 12 octobre : énorme ! “ (12 October 2010); CGT, “Intersyndicale: 16 et 19 octobre : amplifier les mobilizations” (14 October 2010).

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