(From McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Denver Post - Colorado)
Byline: Clare Byrne
PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Thursday the "thuggish behaviour" of hundreds of protesters who booed him during a campaign visit to the city of Bayonne Thursday and barred his path, forcing him to take refuge in a bar.
Shouting "Sarkozy, president of the rich" and "Sarkozy, get lost," the protesters swarmed the president while he was on a walkabout in the narrow streets of the fortified city.
Some shouted slogans demanding more autonomy for the Basque region and threw mock ballot papers at him.
The president, who is campaigning …