Friday, November 5, 2010

Sarko and Hu Follow in My Footsteps

Presidents Sarkozy and Hu visited the Villa Masséna in Nice today. I, too, enjoyed a private visit to the villa this May, along with other participants in the Tocqueville colloquium. Rather than ogle this rather kitschy temple of robber-baron era opulence, Hu might have taken in a little Matisse or motored over to Cagnes to look at Renoir's place, but de gustibus non disputandum ... Apparently it was the Chinese leader who wanted to do up the Côte d'Azur in a big way, and Sarko, who is a familiar of the Riviera now that he can share the Bruni property there, was glad to oblige. Two bling-bling presidents touring the Masséna would have been a sight to behold, I wager. I suspect that we won't see any photos of Hu in a bathing suit, however.

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