An audience of 8,000 flag waving supporters is a guaranteed way to fire up the passions of any speaker.
And when you are the French President, faced with a battle to win re-election, that’s an opportunity not to be missed. President Sarkozy’s speech in Lyon at the weekend saw him in defiant mood as he used his electioneering platform to bash his nearest rival for the Presidency, Francois Hollande.
Only weeks ago observers noted that the President hadn’t really got into his electioneering stride.
His speech on Saturday suggested that he now has. In fact poll data suggests that the gap that existed between the two leading candidates has closed. But president Sarkozy’s poll rating is still a long way from his 2007 election levels. To applause, his speech noted:
In a presidential campaign, you can’t lie. You can’t hide what you are and what you want. “You can’t hide what kind of President you’ll be. You can’t keep on talking about nothing indefinitely and committing to nothing, you can’t keep running away from debate, masking the challenges.
His 45-minute speech was far from elegant. It didn’t seem to note any new policy initiative. Yet still his audience loved it. Speaking to the converted has something going for it.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+