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Is She Sucking Her Tummy In?


It is all over the news: the French President, Francois Hollande, was photographed during his holidays (you can see him here, and there is an even worse photo here). Let’s just say that the pictures are not very flattering, and that the whole thing created a huge controversy in my home country. Lots of fellow French citizen said that such photos were downright disrespectful, and that journalists shouldn’t indulge in such silly practices. They added that no other French president had been treated this badly before.

I beg to disagree. I don’t think it is the journalists’ fault. They simply took photos from the street! Come on, it is far too easy to blame them, and surely a little bit of common sense would have prevented such photos from existing at all. And if they think that the French President was badly treated because of such pictures, they should have a look at what is happening (gasp!) outside of France (yes, there is a world out there!). If you don’t believe me, have a look here, and ignore the first picture (It’s Francois Hollande again. I know. No comments).


Let’s take a step back: if Francois Hollande didn’t want to face ridicule over the pool photos, there were lots of options:
1. Lose some weight and try to look, well, a bit fitter. All it takes is a jog every day, and he was a lot better-looking when he was elected, I must say. This means that he can do it. But once he had had what he wanted (i.e. when he got elected), he clearly has let himself go. Always the same story: guy gets what he wants, guy stops trying. Sigh. Some things never change;
2. Alternatively, just sucking his tummy in would have helped. We French women have done it for centuries, and, well, it seems to have earned us quite a reputation of seductresses. No, it isn’t nice. But it works;
3. Choose a more discreet spot to relax after a dip (surely he has some media advisors who can tell him these things, right?). I can’t believe that, as a French taxpayer, nobody batted an eyelid when he said that he was going to spend some time in such an exposed place;
4. Sit next to a bigger person. Or hide behind a bodyguard. Or a wall. Or anything, really. In short, try to draw people’s attention elsewhere. Come on, it isn’t rocket science, right?

Tummy Sucked In! Much Better, Right?



In short, I am far from being an expert, and I could come up with quick solutions here. This probably means that something deeper might be going on. Maybe, just maybe, we French have a tendency to always blame others. At about the same time, the same Francois Hollande tried to blame Germany for the budget deficit. Apparently, Germany needed to invest more. How about we French try to reduce public expenses? Come on, Darling, once again, it is time to get rid of the fat!

NB: Once again, huge thanks to all my readers: I have won the Silver Award of the Oscars of the online expat world. I am chuffed to bits (and speechless for once…). Check it out here.

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • With all that is going on in this world- from Syria to Iraq to Israel to Gaza to the Ukraine to Africa.. THIS???? is a topic of conversation.
    Stop the world, I want to get off!

    • Yes, Roy, this made the headlines last week. Sad but true. And with all the chaos, I found it funny!

  • Anonymous

    Get off, who is stopping you?

    • No sure I understand what you mean, but thanks for visiting!

  • Not that I like him, but, poor fellow! he is only a middle aged man…. quite nice to see that someone in such a position of power is really so ordinary…..

    • Well, Jenny, he is an ordinary man with a tumultuous love life, right? Surely he could have made a little effort.

  • He should fire his PR advisors 🙂

  • I’m going to be controversial here and say I just don’t understand why it warranted such a kerfuffle! Why shouldn’t we cut someone a bit of slack for not looking perfect on holiday? Maybe I’m too British to get it, but as his job doesn’t require him to look perfect all the time – he’s not a supermodel! – so is it really of importance and media-worthy? Maybe it’s another great difference between our countries, Muriel?

    • Maybe…What gets me is his amateurism: he got caught on a scooter when visiting his mistress, and he is not careful with paparazzis on hols. I agree that being President is not a beauty contest, but you have to be professional, don’t you think?

  • He’s such an amateur. Being French president isn’t what it was, obviously…

    • That’s exactly what is bothering me. He looks like an amateur. Whoever was on this street could have killed him.

  • Lou

    I’m on a beach vacation right now, spending most of my day in a bathing suit, and I’m very glad I’m not famous so no one wants to take my picture. Being in one’s 50’s is tough, the weight doesn’t move like it used to.
    I’m sure if he was a more effective president, no one would care what he looked like. It’s just one more thing to criticize him for.
    Congratulations on the award, Muriel!

    • Thank you Lou! As for president Hollande, he just looks like an amateur. Once again.