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Those presidents who commemorated the past to overlook the present


Highlights: Hollande has made 15 trips in six months to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. The French president is keen to use the occasion to make a point about the importance of the war. He is also keen to show that he is a man of the people, rather than a leader of a political party or a party of the same name. The president is also determined to make the most of his time in France, which he has spent in the war zone since it began.

STORY - All presidents have used memorial references to gain height.

The difficulties appear from the first months. And rather than any state of grace, it is the polls of unpopularity that François Hollande knows massively. So, when the centenary of the Great War arrived, in 2014, the head of state found it as a refuge. Everything in the exercise seems to correspond to him. The president is a great history buff, also eager for unifying speeches.

He fears to see the country fracture even more and finds in these moments the gravity perhaps capable of reconciling the French. Presenting himself as a "normal" president, he can also recall his function, since he, and he alone, can thus embody the nation. During fifteen concentrated trips in six months, François Hollande therefore asserts the attributes that are so often denied to him. He travels to new places, appears alongside heads of state from all over the world and makes his prose heard. "These are moments that allow you to install in small...

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Source: lefigaro

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