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When Sarkozy Publicly Dissed A French Classic - And Paid The Price
"Nicolas Sarkozy, as the French head of state and even before he ascended to the role, developed an odd habit of publicly bad-mouthing Madame de Lafayette's 1678 work, The Princess of Clèves, one of the first modern French novels, which is obligatory reading in schools across the republic." The backlash he suffered dwarfed any reaction Bush would have gotten for dissing The Scarlet Letter. The New Yorker 11/08/12
Posted November 9, 2012 12:47 AM

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