Selling Home to Run for Elysee

Campaigning under the motto "Selling my apartment to finance my campaign", Nekkas has put his three-room flat for sale on his website to run for Elysee.

Selling Home to Run for Elysee

Rachid Nekkas, a French of Algerianorigin, is increasingly coming into the limelight of the race for theprestigious seat of the Elysee, especially with his self-funded campaign.

Campaigning under the motto "Selling myapartment to finance my campaign", Nekkas has put his three-room flat forsale on his website.

The 34-year-old also made the headlines aftertearing down a sponsorship form he had bought from a municipal chief.

Under rules designed to weed out frivolouscandidacies, contenders for the French presidency must have the public backingof 500 out of some 42,000 elected officials, including the country's 36,500mayors.

In most cases, Elysee hopefuls pay money to get thesponsorship forms.

"I oppose any violation of democracy in ademocratic country such as France,"Nekkas told thousands of viewers watching him live on the LCI TV news channel.

"Please stop selling your sponsorshipforms," he told a host of municipal chief present, tearing down a sponsorform for which he had paid 1550 euros.

Nekkas is still 50 sponsorships short of the legalrequirement to accept his candidacy.

The first round of the French presidential electionsis set for April 22.

The main contenders are Interior Minister NicolasSarkozy, the candidate of the ruling Union for Popular Movement (UPM),Socialist Segolene Royal, far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, the centristFrancois Bayrou and the communist Marie-George Buffet.


Nekkas, now a successful Internet entrepreneur, hasunveiled a new environment-friendly car that only operates with water anddiesel.

He propagated the new vehicle as a demonstration ofhis unwavering commitment to protect the environment as opposed to thesugar-coated promises of other challengers.

Describing himself as a defender of youth ofimmigrant backgrounds, Nekkas is pledging to address racism and discriminationas well as the under-representation of minorities in France.

He has called for drafting legislations to promotepositive discrimination in favor of youth of immigrant backgrounds in thesuburbs.

During his campaign, Nekkas visited the suburbs andmet with disgruntled youth to speak about their woes.

France, home to a sizable Muslim minority ofsix million, was hit by a deadly wave of riots in 2005 following thedeath of two youths of immigrant background while fleeing police.

The deaths ignited pent up frustration among youngmen, many of North African origin, at racism, unemployment, marginalization andmistreatment by police.

Years of government negligence and marginalizationhave turned the Parissuburb of Saint Denis, where half a million Muslims live, into a hotbed forunemployment and aberration.

A Sorbonne research released last year by the FrenchObservatory Against Racism found that Arab names and dark complexion representan obstacle to jobseekers.

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