Sunday, January 12, 2014

More trouble for Hollande

More trouble for Hollande: it seems that the apartment he used for his rendezvous with Julie Gayet belongs to an actor who not only plays a gangster in a film about the Corsican mafia but has actual ties to the mafia and received an 18-month suspended sentence for his role in managing the Cercle Wagram, a notorious Parisian gambling den mixed up in several sports corruption affairs.

Charles de Gaulle must be turning over in his grave.

The US and France Compared

Frédéric Martel here and me here.

Valérie Trierweiler Hospitalized

Valérie Trierweiler hospitalisée

L'Elysée confirme les informations du "Parisien" selon lesquelles la première dame est hospitalisée. La compagne de François Hollande a été admise à l'hôpital vendredi après-midi pour un "gros coup de blues" après la révélation dans le magazine "Closer" d'une liaison entre le chef de l'Etat et la comédienne Julie Gayet.

Suddenly, Hollande's amorous escapades are no longer a joking matter. It's hard to see how this can do the president any good. Even the Sarkozy soap opera never descended to such tragic depths. In a quasi-royal presidential system like the French, the health of the body politic itself suffers when the president is damaged to such a degree. I shake my head in sadness.