With his poll numbers sinking, is French President Nicolas Sarkozy losing his cool?

An opposition leader pounced Sunday and Web surfers gawked by the hundreds of thousands over video footage showing Sarkozy snapping at a man in a crowd at a Paris trade fair.

"Casse-toi alors, pauvre con, va," he said, a phrase whose mildest translation is: "Then get out of here, you total jerk."

Le Parisien newspaper posted a video of the incident on its Internet site, and it tallied more than a half-million views by Sunday afternoon.