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The Unbearable Lightness of Hollande
New York Times, by Sylvie Kauffmann

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Posted By:Drive, 1/20/2014 7:47:14 AM

Let’s face it: For the world’s media, nothing beats a good story about a French politician’s love life. Forget Bill Clinton, Jacob Zuma and Silvio Berlusconi. For some reason, it’s always more fun in Paris. Reporters from around the globe descend on the City of Light, baffled by the same old question: Why don’t the French care about their politicians’ affairs? Across the Channel, by contrast, anything goes. Even The Financial Times got carried away with this story and, to make up for it, then printed a letter from a reader scolding it for putting “a photo of an attractive

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/20/2014 8:30:08 AM     (No. 9698548)

Er, why does this rate an article in the NYT?This is the French Left -- what else would you expect? This is probably a standard lefty domestic arrangement. Remember Sarkozy conservative, sort of) and Carla Bruni? He married her shortly after they were "outed".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/20/2014 8:37:18 AM     (No. 9698559)

Lefty indiscretions are "fun", conservative missteps are to be disdained and proof of existential illegitimacy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/20/2014 9:11:56 AM     (No. 9698594)

Hollande is a homely, sexless little dolt. He is probably enjoying all of this enormously. All he has is power, and that is temporary.

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