You couldn’t make it up. The trial of former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin for allegedly plotting a smear campaign against the man he affectionately calls “the dwarf” and known to the rest of the world as Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France is just the most amazing tale of political betrayal and lust for power.
Just his name is like something from Dangerous Liaisons. Dominique Marie Francois Rene Galouzeau de Villepin. Can you imagine? How his parents ever remembered the whole thing is a mystery.
I have to admit I always found him rather attractive. “At last,” I sighed when he showed up on French news. “An attractive man in politics.” The Silver Fox could certainly have turned me into a Jemimah Puddleduck. He is suave, intellectual and deeply dodgy in a rather aristocratic manner. Just the sort of man we all know we should avoid but can’t help wanting to get close to.
Anyway now it seems we may have to queue up at the prison gates to catch a glimpse of him. If convicted of trying to discredit Sarko he will face up to five years behind bars.
But somehow I just can’t imagine it happening. Sometimes villains triumph, but we don’t mind too much. Especially is they are French and rather posh. And taller than the president (which wouldn’t be too difficult).
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009