VP pick Sarah Palin hoaxed by comedy prank call
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MONTREAL (AFP) — Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin on Saturday was the victim of a prank phone call by a French-Canadian comedian impersonating French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
After Palin realized the call was a hoax, her campaign staff admitted she was "mildly amused."
The prank tag-team from Quebec, "Justiciers masques," who have previously targeted heads of state and celebrities, posted the conversation on their website (www.justiciers.tv).
In the recording, John McCain's running mate enthusiastically takes the fake Sarkozy's call.
"It's so good to hear you, thank you for calling us ... we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I, we love you!" Palin said.
She appeared unfazed by the fake president's thick French accent and some outrageous comments.
At one point the impersonator, comedian Marc Antoine Audette, told the Alaskan governor he is following the US elections closely along with his special American advisor Johnny Hallyday -- a famous French rock'n'roll singer.
When the fake president told Palin his wife Carla Bruni is "hot in bed," the governor chuckled and complimented him for his "beautiful family."
Palin also proffered to continue relations if she reaches the White House.
"We should go hunting together," Palin said.
Palin laughed in response to Audette's comment: "I just love killing those animals ... take away life, that is so fun!"
The governor, who is making a whistle-stop tour through key states in the last weekend before the November 4 election, told the fake president that she is "very confident" about the Republican ticket's chances, and said she thought "the race is tightening" ahead of Tuesday's general election.
"I see you as a president one day, too," said the comedian.
"Maybe in eight years," replied Palin.
The comedy duo have previously used their impersonations to target former French president Jacques Chirac, celebrities Mick Jagger and Britney Spears, and Sarkozy himself.
"This was our most explosive coup so far," comedian Audette told AFP, adding that it was "difficult" for he and his accomplice Sebastien Trudel to get their request for a phone conversation past Palin's entourage and her Secret Service detail.
The McCain campaign later released a statement about the phone 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."