New French government Web site triggers satirical spoof site
July 16, 1997
Web posted at: 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- French President Jacques Chirac had barely
launched his new government Web site when a spoof page
appeared -- with a very similar address.
The spoof site, www.elysee.org, clearly tries to provide a
"counter voice" to the official chorus of praise on the
official Web page, www.elysee.fr.
The official site, launched on Bastille Day, is essentially a
public political profile of the conservative president, who
is part of what is known as a "cohabitation government" with
socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.
The Web site is apparently aimed at presenting the president
as a significant player on the stage of world politics. The
site also outlines the president's views on key political
The graphic layout of the "fake site" is deceptively similar
to the official site -- but its satirical and critical
content clearly is not. In its apparent attempt to "right the
official picture" of the conservative head of state, the
spoof site goes as far as to claim that Chirac is a
"Socialist at heart."
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