One of the odd occurrances in comparing US and French politics is that fact that there is a 24-year spousal age difference exists in the White House and a 25-year spousal age difference in the Palais de l'Élysée (Élysée Palace). However, the marriages are a mirror image of one another: in the US, the elder partner is the husband and in France, the elder partner is the wife. Il Douche is 70, going on 71, and the First Lady in absentia is 47. Brigitte Trogneux, First Lady of France, is 64 and Emmanuel Macron, newly-elected President of France, is 39 and will be 40 in December 2017. For musical background, here is a link to "Robbin' The Cradle" (1959) by Tony Bellus. Aside from the age-difference anomaly on both sides of the Atlantic, Andy Borowitz offers some fake news from post-election France. If this is (fair & balanced) drollery, so be it.
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French Annoyingly Retain Right To Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans
By Andy Borowitz
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On Sunday, the people of France annoyingly retained their traditional right to claim intellectual superiority over Americans, as millions of French citizens paused to enjoy just how much smarter they were than their allies across the Atlantic.
In bars and cafés across France, voters breathed a sigh of relief in the knowledge that arrogantly comparing themselves to the US population, a longtime favorite pastime of the French people, would remain viable for the foreseeable future.
Pierre Grimange, a Parisian café-goer, sipped on a glass of Bordeaux and toasted his nation “for not being so dumb as the United States after all.”
“A lot was at stake today: the future of our liberal traditions and our democracy itself,” he said. “But by far the greatest loss of all would have been our right to look down on Americans.”
“Grâce à Dieu, that has been secured!” Grimange exclaimed.
But, sitting a few tables away, Helene Commonceau, another Parisian, admitted that she did not understand what all of the celebrating was about. “We are smarter than the Americans, true, but they have set the bar very low, no?” she said. ###
[Andy Borowitz is the creator the "Borowitz Report," a Web site that is a lot funnier than the stuff posted by Matt Drudge and his ilk. Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker. He is the first winner of the National Press Club's humor award and has won seven Dot-Comedy Awards for his web site. His most recent book (and Amazon's Best Kindle Single of the Year) is An Unexpected Twist (2012). Borowitz received a BA magna cum laude (English) from Harvard University.]
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