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Palin takes prank call from fake French president

world Updated: Nov 02, 2008 19:15 IST
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Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a prank call that "maybe in 8 years" she will be president. The Republican nominee discusses politics, the perils of hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Sarkozy's "beautiful wife," in the telephone call with comedian Marc-Antoine Audette released Saturday and set to air Monday on a Quebec radio station. When the caller tells Palin she would make a good president, she laughs and says: "Maybe in eight years."

Palin campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt confirmed she received the prank call.

"Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," she said.

The comedian, one half of the Masked Avengers duo, drops several clues that the call is a trick. He refers to French singer Johnny Hallyday as his special adviser to the United States and to Canadian singer Steph Carse as Canada's prime minister. In reality, the prime minister is Stephen Harper.

At one point in the conversation, Audette tells Palin that he enjoys hunting and loves "killing those animals." We should go hunting together," she replies. "I think we could have a lot of fun together as we're getting work done _ kill two birds with one stone."

Audette then responds that they should not invite Cheney along, referring to a 2006 incident in which the vice president accidentally shot a friend with buckshot while quail hunting. "I'll be a careful shot," she says.

The comedian tells Palin, as Sarkozy, that his wife Carla Bruni is "so hot in bed" and then informs her that Bruni has written a song for her about Joe the Plumber called "De rouge a levre sur un cochon" _ which actually means "lipstick on a pig." He also tells the Alaska governor that he loved the "documentary" made about her, and referred to a pornographic film made by Hustler founder Larry Flynt.

She answers tentatively, "Oh, good, thank you, yes." The duo of Audette and Sebastien Trudel has also played pranks on Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, and former French President Jacques Chirac.