Leo McKinstry's... Attack on... François Hollande...

"What Gaul ! "....

Leo McKinstry wrote... in a scathing article this week in one of the British newspapers...

"Hello, Frenchies fleeing François Hollande! Enchanté!"... headlined the British Tatler magazine...

Boris Johnson the Mayor of London recently said...

"Bienvenue à Londres. This is the global capital of finance. It's on your doorstep and if your own president does not want the jobs, the opportunities and the economic growth that you generate.... we do"...

David Cameron... the British Prime Minister... also stated...

"If the French go ahead with a 75 per cent top rate of tax... we will roll out the red carpet and welcome more French businesses to Britain, and they can pay tax in Britain and pay for our Health Service and schools and everything else."

Monsieur Hollande the French President unsurprisingly retaliated this week... while visiting the French Olympic team in London... at the flagrant lack of finesse in the blatantly inelegant proposals of the two British leaders... by saying... "We will put France’s medals into the Europe pot, so that the British will be happy to be European. We don’t talk of money. We talk of gold"...

Leo McKinstry's less than gracious... actually vicious... subjective personal attack on François Hollande's character, describing him as...  "a weak, indecisive man and is nicknamed ‘Flanby’ at home after a wobbly caramel pudding"... is completely unacceptable... unprofessional.

He goes on... hitting rock bottom by referring acerbically to Mr. Hollande as... "the 5ft 7in president"... sneeringly suggesting that the French have no reason to be arrogant nor superior to others... since his country... "France is in a dire mess, dragged down by colossal debts, lack of enterprise, a bloated state machine, a corrupt political class and an accelerating loss of national identity."

Mr. McKinstry continues spitting his venom... by demeaning the French President and his countrymen's failings by stating that Mr. Hollande has risen to the top job... not by any talent or charisma of his own...

In fact... Monsieur Hollande is renowned for his sense of humour... is quite charming in an understated manner... and is a graduate from the highly prestigious École Nationale d'Administration... which is no small feat... since we're more than familiar with the extremely difficult and superior educational system here in France in general... and Paris in particular.

McKinstry criticises Hollande... for having worked closely with the brilliantly intellectual François Mitterrand whom he describes as... "another slippery, ambitious socialist"...

"Mais Non"...

Monsieur Hollande is neither "slippery" nor "ambitious"... actually he is a humble, straight-talking man, who calls himself "Monsieur Normal"... as for being ambitious... he's not in the habit of jet setting all over the globe... and oh... what's wrong with being ambitious for one's country.

"Voila"...

McKinstry even descends into truly vulgar territory... describing the ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni as... "pouting, cosmetically enhanced ex-model third wife"...

He also ruthlessly attacks Mr. Hollande's personal life as an... "embarrassment"... describing in sordid detail his entangled love life with his ex-partner Ségolène Royal (herself a former Socialist presidential candidate)... and his current partner "the fiery magazine journalist Valerie Trierweiler"... which made him "a laughing stock".  Whether the current whispers and rumours of his... "planning to leave her"... as has been hinted... is true or not... really should not be anybody's business... especially a well-known journalist like Leo McKinstry.

McKinstry goes on to goad and deride the French...

"Even the traditional French national identity, something that is meant to be so powerful, is now dying, broken by forces of mass immigration and European integration. In vast swathes of urban France, particularly around Paris and the cities of the south, many neighbourhoods are no longer visibly Gallic."

If we recall correctly in Britain of the 1960's and 1970's... there was a massive immigration of skilled scientists and professionals... the "Brain Drain"... to other countries, particularly the United States...

Also upon visiting London recently... it would not be far off the mark... if one thought one was in the Indian subcontinent...  So much for McKinstry's immigration dig at France.

Finally... unrelentingly... he continues insulting the French... the "mood of disquiet and dislocation"... in France... (where surprisingly we understand he has a home in Provence)...

"Indebted and broken, the French people will pay a terrible price for their leaders’ cowardice, no matter how many gold medals their athletes win in London"... in reference to the triumphant performances of the French athletes who won at the Olympics this week.... he added...

"That cocktail of inferiority, self-reverence and arrogance is still central to the Gallic character"... in retaliation to Napoleon who said that Britain was "nothing more than ‘a nation of shopkeepers"...

"Mon Dieu"...

He even criticised the French's reluctance to fight the Germans in World War II.

Boff...!

No matter... it's a one-sided McKinstry opinion...

The truth of the matter... is the fact that the French are superior on many fronts.

They are a people to be utterly admired...

Having become Parisian... we are constantly fascinated by the lack of "bling bling" in the everyday Paris lifestyle.  There is very little showing off... no ostentation...

Men and women of all classes... from Chanel... Yves Saint Laurent clad chic women... to the humble "gardienne"... jump on the well-run buses and metro... carry their "caddy" (buggy for shopping) on their daily chores without chauffeurs nannies or housekeepers to help them.

They are down-to-earth... stylishly but simply dressed and very much less... self-indulgent.

The French are cultured... elegant... discreet... slim even in old age... self-reliant... and dignified.  Their discipline is enviable...  Their elegance emulated and copied all over the globe...

Their pride and excellence in their "patrimoine"... heritage... is to be exalted... rather than attached and criticized.

Their lifestyle is all about... "joie de vivre"... rather than vulgar drunken parties... the relentless pursuit of material gluttony... the culture of "bling"... and the worship of celebrity.

They live simply... with charm... style... and beauty.

May the... Gallic character...

 

Thrive... and prosper...

For without this... amazing species...

The... French...

The world... will be...

Much...

Impoverished.

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