Politicians come and go. Often they are quickly forgotten about. However they sometimes leave an impression on society's collective psychic; especially when that impression is left to future generations to correct.
Mr Sarkozy's reckless venture with the Roma can only split Europe over the issue. Some wishing to demonise them while others recognising similarities with xenophobia and racism.
Politics, as it is today does not work as it should. This has been the case since power shifted to the people after the second war. It may be that we need to purge the political establishmnet and moderise how we govern, rather that pick fights with a part of humanity in desperate need of education and financial assistance.