I'll probably get in trouble for this, since I work for a French-owned company. But it's Friday, and on Friday who can resist a little French bashing. Here's a French joke:
How many Frenchmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? One. He holds the bulb and waits for the world to revolve around him.
The gag popped into my mind this morning while I was reading the New York Times and spotted this story . Apparently French President Nicholas Sarkozy has a fondness for disparaging other world leaders at public gatherings. On Wednesday he was attending a luncheon with other French politicians, and he regailed them with his thoughts on President Barack Obama (weak), Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (not clever) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who did not comprehend her country's economic problems and “had no other choice than to rally to my position." He did praise Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who recently told earthquake victims to pretend they were camping, for his charisma.
The bottom line is, who cares, really, what the French president thinks? Still, he should have anticipated that opposition politicians would leak his remarks, and that opposition newspapers like Liberation would run with the story.
By this point you're wondering what any of this has to do with photography. Not much, actually. But, as I said, it's Friday, and I had some time to kill. A little online photo research turned up this shot of the French leader with his former-supermodel wife, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, standing with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at their recent meeting in Paris.