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Nicolas Sarkozy's Height

The Sarkozy Complex: Short Men Aren't Angry, but Should Be

Tall security need not apply to protect French president Nicolas Sarkozy. An unidentified police source told the Le Parisien that "there's no point recruiting supermen" as "large-sized" candidates would not likely be hired.

This isn't the first time we've heard about the 5'5" president's short-man complex. He's been spotted adding height with heeled shoes, accused of putting short factory workers (only) on stage for a televised speech, and standing on boxes hidden behind podiums while speaking.

Can you blame him? Psychologists Leslie Martel and Henry Biller found that short men don't measure up in the eyes of men and women. Both sexes perceive them to be less capable, confident, successful, masculine, outgoing, secure, positive, and mature than taller men. And scientists have evidence that they're more jealous.


The Napoleon complex — named for the French emperor who was two inches taller than Sarkozy — says short men are angry, but that myth's been debunked. Taller men have proven to be more aggressive and quicker to lose their tempers.

But as long taller men earn more money, get more responses to dating ads, and are more likely to marry and have kids, I'd say short men actually do have the same-sized end of the stick. Maybe they should be angry?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
He should take a hint from Jon Stewart on this one and laugh it off. Or he could call himself petit-Sarkozy. Sort of like Lil' Wayne.
Blackwood Blackwood 7 years
As far I'm concerned, Napoleon wasn't that tall, at all. I read somewhere that he was 1.50, which would be near 5'. And then, there are some of us who actually have a soft spot for short men. Women who will not give men a chance because of their height will probably also dump a tall men as soon as they find some other "flaw" that they couldn't first spot down the road, so short men are lucky they don't approach them. By the way, is there a reverse tall woman complex? I had friends who happened to be quite tall and men seemed to be intimidated/put off by that as well.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
I too thought Napoleon was shorter than that Much shorter, in fact. It's true. Most women I know won't date a man shorter than 6 feet. Some will go a little lower than that (5'10 or so). But I know not one woman who has a preference for shorter men. Not all short guys have it rough though. I know some playas with little height but who are very smooth talkers and attract many women.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Maybe shorter people will end up with the last laugh... haven't there been studies showing a possible link between shorter heights and longetivity? I also thought Napoleon was shorter than 5'7". I mean, 5'7" isn't the tallest for a man, but I always assumed he was very short because of all the buzz around his stature.
nancita nancita 7 years
I had no idea Napoleon was that tall. Rather ironic.
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