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Martina Devlin: Liberty, fraternity, infidelity -- cad plays lead in French farce

Published 16/01/2014 | 02:30

French President Francois Hollande with his long-term girlfriend Valerie
Trierweiler at an event in Paris last week. ALAIN JOCARD
French President Francois Hollande with his long-term girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler at an event in Paris last week. ALAIN JOCARD

IN theatre, a farce involves a far-fetched plot and a series of unfortunate coincidences. The most common version is the bedroom farce, heavily reliant on dropped trousers, red faces, revolving doors and furtive sexual pairings.

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In the theatre of life, the confluence of so many slapstick elements is unusual. Where they do occur, they tend to be regarded as almost too improbable to credit. Which brings us to the pillion-riding, helmet-disguising, fresh croissant-loving French president who is publicly juggling two women. Not adeptly.

A Lothario no longer -- in fact, exposed as a bit of a cad -- he crouches behind privacy laws, while two successful, intelligent, good-looking women wait for him to toss a coin and decide who should be his first lady.

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