In today’s International Herald Tribune — “From the top, a new tone in France”:
“Mr Ordinary,” Francois Hollande, France’s new president, is impressing the French with his down-to-earth style.
In sharp contrast to the “bling-bling” of the presidency of Nicolas Sarkosy.
• Hollande took the train instead of plane to a meeting in Brussels recently.
• Ministers to travel coach class on planes.
• Smaller cars for government officials.
• Champaign is at receptions replaced with Muscadet
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July 13, 2012