November 1st, 2008
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin tricked by Sarkozy impersonator

Palin fell victim to Canadian pranksters Saturday.
Palin fell victim to Canadian pranksters Saturday.

(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin fell victim Saturday to Canadian pranksters who convinced her she was actually speaking by phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Palin spoke to Marc-Antoine Audette for about six minutes before the comedian identified himself, and she ended the call.

“Thank you sir, we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I, we love you,” Palin tells the imposter, who tells her he hoped she will be president one day. "Ha ha, maybe in eight years," she responded.

Audette, as Sarkozy told Palin that hunting was one of his favorite activities. "Oh, very good, we should go hunting together," Palin replied, adding, "I think we could have a lot of fun together as we're getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone that way."

"I just love killing those animals! Taking away life, that is so fun," said the fake French president.

Palin laughed. The prankster told her that he'd love to go hunting, as long as "we don't bring Vice President Cheney."

"I'll be a very careful shot, don't worry," says Palin, with another laugh.

Added Audette: "You know we have a lot in common also because from my house I can see Belgium."

"Yes, see, we are all right next door to other countries that we need to be working with," said Palin.

Audette is half of the comedy duo The Masked Avengers, who host a show on Montreal radio station CKOI.

The Palin campaign confirmed the prank. "Governor Palin received a phone call on Saturday from a French Canadian talk show host claiming to be French President Nicholas Sarkozy. 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."


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