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How to upset one's uncle - an object lesson from France

The nephew in question is one Frédéric Mitterrand, and the uncle currently rotating at speed in his grave is Le Sphinxe himself, the deeply odious Francois.

And for why? Because young Freddie has just taken Sarko's Louis d'or Euro in the form of the job of Minister of Culture.

Mitterand jr would appear to have passed a comparatively blameless life as a thespian, producer etc and head of the French Academy in Rome, in stark contrast to his jailbird cousin Jean-Christophe Mitterrand.

Our French chums, always alert to nuance, will either be laughing themselves into convulsions or crying into their pastis.

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