The Midas Of Elysée
If diamonds are a girl's best friend (they aren't exactly friendly, but they help in a pinch), gold is the favorite of kings. And while Jacques Chirac lacks the majesty, wisdom and visceral attachment to his country one would expect from a king - think of Frederick the Great or Louis XIV - he has a certain pomposity that leads people to describe him as "regal" or "monarchical". This video by Charles Henry, whose previous effort "The Party's Over" was featured at Galliawatch, paints a jarring portrait of the French leader going through the motions of presiding over a country on the brink. Images of "Douce France" are juxtaposed with the well-known scenes of mayhem. And through it all the strangely detached figure of the man who is, at least partly, responsible for it all.
Charles tends to be much harder on Chirac than on Bush. I would not want to have to choose which one was worse. I only know Bush had it in his power to reverse the tide, and he set his sails with the wind. From both men emanates an almost comical pomposity.
Read Charles' own comments at Covenant Zone.