UD finds the best writing – so far – on Francois Hollande.

It’s all good, but the writer has in particular a way with phrases:

While still a student at the Ecole Nationale d’Admininstration, the elite college that turns out France’s bureaucrats, Hollande met Ségolène Royal, a glossily-coiffed fellow political obsessive…


wobbly-chopped socialist… glossily-coiffed fellow political obsessive…

Wonderfully pithy. But the whole thing is good.


A side-note on all this:
UD argues that the photo of Hollande wearing a big macho motorcycle helmet (in order to hide his identity as he enters his love nest) is the functional equivalent of the photo of Michael Dukakis wearing a big macho military helmet during his presidential election. Not a good look for them.

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8 Responses to ““Recently voted the world’s worst politician, and still plumbing ever-deeper depths of domestic unpopularity, the wobbly-chopped socialist can be forgiven for seeking consolation somewhere.””

  1. JKW Says:

    And now it comes out that the flat they were using is owned by the Corsican mafia! This gets better and better.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    JKW: Yeah – I couldn’t figure out how to put that in the post without getting off-point…

  3. JKW Says:

    Or, rather, owned by someone with links to the Corsican mafia, to quote the Guardian article that I can’t paste here on my phone.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    One doesn’t even need the criminal element – the fact that Monsieur Socialiste was using a billionaire’s pad, and of course using French tax dollars to use it – does the trick.

  5. MattF Says:

    Art Goldhammer’s a long-time American blogger on French politics:


    He’s also been covering the Dieudonné affair.

  6. Alan Allport Says:

    President Félix Faure died in 1899 in the middle of a blow job. Couldn’t they write it into the constitution that all French Presidents have to leave office that way?

  7. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Hi Alan: As always, the US is superior. President Clinton survived his blow job.

  8. charlie Says:

    Yeah, but Faure was controlling inflation, corruption and attempting to maintain French imperialism. You know, the guy deserved a blow job…..

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