How do you interpret Sarkozy’s specific comments , on “African man” and his relationship to history?

How do you interpret Sarkozy’s specific comments from the clip shared (link (b) below), on “African man” and his relationship to history?  Sarkozy had been president for about two months, and was the head of the main center-right political party in France.  Do you think these comments indicate a certain political attitude? a certain French attitude?  a certain intellectual attitude?  Why do you think this speech was controversial?  How would you receive these comments if you were in the audience?  Can you draw any comparison (or comment on a lack of similarity) to American political speeches?

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