FRANCE: Vive le new Presidente

Wishing our friends and neighbours all the very best as they gamble again in their political casino.

"We are a great nation. Throughout its history, France has overcome the challenges it faced," he added. "Each time, the people have prevailed while remaining faithful to themselves." He added: "My mandate is to bring France back to justice, open up a new way in Europe, contribute to world peace and preserve the planet."


Live now, but you'll itch all over if you watch the guard of honour. You've been warned!

BBC News - Live: Francois Hollande inauguration


Why is it at Hyde Park corner? Wellington Arch would be appropriate I suppose :)

Lovely weather for it.
Thank goodness he is off to see Angela shortly. It was a nightmare trying to get into work with the roads blocked, a 21 gun salute going off when I'm on the phone, barriers everywhere, police vehicles getting in the way of my run ...... and that helicopter is still buzzing overhead ...


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No, he needs his original partner, Marie-Ségolène Royal, by his side for that to happen. She is worth 20 of him - wonder if he has paid her the four children's maintenance this month?
Yeeoww Miaow!

I look forward to more incisive commentary on the new presidente's manifold failures as a man, as a leader of men and as a grey Socialist in a grey suit from the depths of La France profonde over the coming months....:judge:

the FNG - and his current squeeze....

As long as Angular doesn't suggest scrapping the Common Agri-thieving Policy as an austerity measure he'll bumble along.

It will be interesting to see whether the policy on French engagement in Afghanistan takes a violent swerve this side of Christmas.....<< bonhommes chez EUX, bonhommes chez EUX!>>

( hmmm.....on another point, what is French exposure to Spanish banks like at present ?)


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<cough> Austerlitz....Corunna.....Marengo....Jena..Fort Douamont.....Bir Al Hakeim.....

( yeah I know...Senlac doesn't count 'cos they were Vikings dressed up as Frenchmen...:roll: )


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On HIGNFY, they had a wicked clip of Msieu 'L'Ollandeaise arriving in Das Vaterland....walking rather warily past a line of German soldiers (Heer with fixed bayonets - well, I expect the ancestral hairs were busy rising on his neck) turns the corner - and Frau Merks physically shoving him back onto the right side of the red carpet.

What's the grammatical French for ' I ain't gonnae be pushed around ' again ? :woot:


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