Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Naughty Marianne

One of the things I'll always admire about the French is their ability to turn a phrase (it's one reason French history is so delightful to write). Like this one:

It is difficult to be optimistic about France’s future, particularly when hearing what Jacques Godfrain, a Conservative MP, had to say when he emerged from a lunch with Chirac and his ministers in February. "There was a strong sense of agreement to the effect that France is ungovernable. But that she likes being governed."

That, by the way, is from a fascinating profile of Ségolène Royal, a stylish, 52-year-old mother of four from Poitiers who just might become France's first female president.