Entries in Czech (2)


Czech Aims to Be First Tattooed President

Martin Divisek/isifa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vladimir Franz, 53, is a Czech drama professor, a talented painter and a prolific opera and theater composer.  But Franz wants to move out of the arts and into politics.  If he can win his longshot bid to become president of the Czech Republic, he'd go down in history as the world's first head of state with a fully tattooed head.

Franz has tattoos covering 90 percent of his body, a variety of body piercings and dyed, blue hair.

His presidential bid aims to oust Vaclav Klaus, the sitting president of the Czech Republic since 2003.  Franz is not only running as an oddity but as an independent whose political views are far less extreme than his looks.  

According to the Daily Mail, Franz' "politics are moderate, promoting tolerance, human rights, democracy and encouraging the search for alternative energy sources."

Though many think that the campaign of this unlikely candidate is a joke, Franz assures them that it is not.  He is charging full force ahead with his campaign, travelling across the Eastern European country collecting the 50,000 signatures required to run for office.

And people seem to be taking to the campaign as Franz collected almost 8,800 signatures during his first weekend of campaigning.

Though he is new to politics, Franz has already assimilated into the life of a politician, utilizing social networking sites like Facebook, where he has well over 25,000 followers.  A Facebook photo posted to his page even snaps a photo of him holding a baby in true political fashion.

Franz, whose intimidating image may be off-putting to some, graduated from law school and got a doctorate in the field of law.  He never pursued a career in law, instead dedicating his life to the arts.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


5,000 Czechs Sign Up to Send President Pens After Viral Video

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CZECH REPUBLIC) -- The Czech people have come to the aid of their president after his pen-lifting ways became a viral hit on YouTube.

More than 5,000 Czechs have joined a Facebook campaign to mail President Vaclav Klaus pens on May 2 because "Mr. President obviously has nothing to write with."

The video, which was uploaded Monday, has more than 350,000 views. It shows Klaus pocketing an official pen last week during a visit to Chile.

Viewers don't have to know Spanish or Czech to get the idea. Red circles and arrows -- accompanied by comical music -- catch Klaus in the act as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks during a news conference.

"All I have to say, it is not a pen but just a stylus," Klaus said Tuesday, adding that he takes things all the time. Klaus said he has a pen from October's NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, and a notepad from the Latvian Parliament, among other souvenirs.

"It is what people do regularly," he said. "They keep notepads and pen from such events."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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