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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sarkozy Party's Singalong Video Prompts Mockery, Parodies (VIDEO)

It was devised as a video that would show Sarkozy's ruling Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party ministers as young, fun loving sorts before regional elections in March.

Instead, the video of French parliamentarians singing the 1976 French pop hit Tous Ceux Qui Veulent Changer Le Monde (Everyone Who Wants To Change The World) has become an absurd internet meme, ridiculed by the Francophone online world and facing the wrath of Sarkozy himself.

The bizarre sight of the middle age politicians lip-synching and dancing with the party's youth wing has prompted a variety of reactions, reports The Telegraph:

The former education minister, Luc Ferry, said the clip "oozes idiocy" and made him "want to vomit". Yves Jego, the former minister for French overseas territories, said: "Honestly, I think that this was a mistake."

Sarkozy himself is reported to be furious.

However the response from most viewers has usually taken a more satiric edge. The Independent reports how the song has provoked a huge response from Facebook users, in particular of the performances by Finance minister Christine Lagarde and Sports minister Rama Yade:

A Facebook group has been formed to call for the song, and the singers, to be the French entry for next year's Eurovision song contest. The spoof "fan" group declares the glamorous Ms Yade to be the "next Chantal Goya" and the school-teacherly Ms Lagarde to be "more sexy than Vanessa Paradis". In the space of five days, 26,664 people have joined. A Facebook "fan page" supporting the video had 331 adherents last night.

The bizarre video has also resulted in a number of internet parodies. One, seen below, turns the song into a rap, whilst mocking the apparently racist comment caught on film by another UMP politician, the interior minister, Brice Hortefeux. He was seen saying of a young North African UMP member: "One of them is all right. It is when there are a lot that it causes a problem".

LIP DAUBE (ump lip dub parodie mozinor )

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As if that wasn't bad enough, the video did not clear the rights to use the song in the video. Another embarrassment for Sarkozy, who has been championing copyright laws in France.

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