Sarkozy defends luxury yacht cruise

France's president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy rejected opposition criticism of his post-election holiday on a luxury yacht on Wednesday, saying there was nothing out of the ordinary about the three-day break.

Sarkozy defends luxury yacht cruise
France's president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy rejected opposition criticism of his post-election holiday on a luxury yacht on Wednesday, saying there was nothing out of the ordinary about the three-day break.

"I have no intention of hiding. I have no intention of lying. I have no intention of apologizing," Sarkozy told reporters on the Mediterranean island of Malta after a jog in the countryside. "I don't see the controversy."

He said he had the right to a break before assuming his post next week.

Sarkozy beat his Socialist presidential rival Segolene Royal on Sunday, presenting himself as the "candidate of the people", promising to cut high unemployment, raise low purchasing power and reduce France's debt mountain.

Socialists said his stay on the yacht of billionaire friend and media mogul Vincent Bollore showed Sarkozy was out of touch with the problems of normal people. During his campaign, critics attacked Sarkozy's close ties to media and business barons.

Sarkozy was due to return to France later in the day and was set to face more trouble back in Paris, where youths staged a third night of violence to protest against his election.

France's interior minister accused far-left activists of fanning political violence on Wednesday. Police reported 200 cars were torched overnight and some 80 people arrested.
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