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Richard Riheed
Richard Riheed
7 months ago

Great article, Mr Sandbrook. Love your style: more please!

Philip L
Philip L
7 months ago
Reply to  Richard Riheed

Even the PR portrait at the top is vaguely Sellers-esque.

Kevin Hansen
Kevin Hansen
7 months ago

I heartily recommend the podcast The Rest is History. I imagine this episode will be witty and informative at the same time and hopefully as good as the one about Germany’s post war Chancellors.

ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
7 months ago
Reply to  Kevin Hansen

I trust that podcast is an improvement on the two made over Easter concerning the Jewish Revolt and Crucifixion?

Bruno Lucy
Bruno Lucy
7 months ago

« When he visited Poland, he had the French air force send fighter jets to bring his forgotten hunting rifles »
you need to get your facts right. No fighter jet Mirage like flew to Poland to bring him his hunting rifles. It was simply a government executive transport…….and that was bad enough. No fighter jet would have penetrated the iron curtain without starting the scrambling of both polish and soviet interception fighters.

David Simpson
David Simpson
7 months ago

The key point was the majority that de Gaulle got in his 1958 referendum – 85%. Unfortunately, at the moment Macron is a very very long way away from that. In a straight fight with a “far right” candidate, he only got 41% of French voters to support him. She got 30%. Hardly a convincing mandate. The parliamentary elections will be interesting, or possibly equally unconvincing.

Last edited 7 months ago by David Simpson
Bruno Lucy
Bruno Lucy
7 months ago
Reply to  David Simpson

58 % versus 42 %…..he lost…..she gained.

Margaret Tudeau-Clayton
Margaret Tudeau-Clayton
7 months ago

He does, however, lack the ‘mistress’ – almost an institution in France, even MR ordinary Holland had his lady friend. Plus he’s married to a woman old enough to be his mother which upsets the traditional older man young mistress ‘norm’. Hence perhaps the rumours of his homosexuality, but certainly one of the reasons he doesn’t fit the bill outlined here.

K Dwyer
K Dwyer
7 months ago

Brilliant, needed a good laugh after voting for ‘le moins pire’ (the least bad.)
And someone should tell Monsieur M that the official photo of a sneery gap-toothed smirk is not endearing either.

Jimmy Snooks
Jimmy Snooks
7 months ago

Excellent and insightful article. I particularly liked the prank at the end. Well done.

Jay Gls
Jay Gls
7 months ago

Jean Dujardin’s portrayal Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, Aka OSS 117, would have been a perfect match as well. Macron almost looks like him as well.

Andrew Richardson
Andrew Richardson
7 months ago

I can recommend the podcast “the rest is history” but only in very small doses. as the repartee between the two participants of the pod can easily shift into utter irritability and even worse.