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Wednesday 23 July 2014

The Punt: Obama and Beyonce? Only having le laugh

Published 13/02/2014|02:30

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President Barack Obama greets singer Beyonce after she performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration following his re-election.

President Obama and Beyonce? Of course not. It's Jennifer Aniston. In an hilarious spoof leader under the heading "La Maison Blance," the 'Economist' magazine said Washington was agog at news that Barack Obama had been having an affair with Ms Aniston.

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Beyonce did come into it, though. She was the second wife of Mr Obama's predecessor, George W Bush.

The magazine was trying to highlight the differences between the way the French handle such matters from the Americans – or most of the rest of us.

For the above names, read President Hollande, Julie Gayet, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, pictured, in real French life.

Now Pascal Rostain, the photographer who got the snaps of Hollande going to visit Gayet, says Obama and Beyonce are an item. Only, he didn't really mean it.

It's a kind of spoof as well.

Or maybe he just doesn't get that strange British sense of humour. Especially not in the august page of the 'Economist'.

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