France's President François Hollande has continued to side-step questions over an alleged affair. He refused to be drawn on his private life at a televised press conference and focused on economic and social issues. Read more >>
The cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent shows a stressed-looking President Hollande during his press conference. Sweat is pouring off his face and he reaches for a handkerchief to mop his brow — only it's not a hankie in his top pocket but a pair of frilly panties featuring the words, "C'est l'économie, stupide!"
There are two jokes here really. The first is the fact that Hollande finds the panties in his pocket rather than a handkerchief — a clear reference to his alleged affair. And the second is the phrase, "C'est l'économie, stupide!", which is a translation of "It's the economy, stupid!" — a phrase coined by James Carville, the campaign strategist of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. By using this phrase, the cartoonist is making a connection with Bill Clinton's own "affair" (with Monica Lewinsky), and maybe suggesting that Hollande should be giving his attention to reviving the ailing French economy rather than indulging in 'escapades nocturnes' (other interpretations are possible!).
Steve Bell has a nice cartoon in The Guardian based on Manet's Olympia, while Peter Brookes' cartoon in The Times takes its inspiration from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. And don't miss this lovely Matt cartoon from The Telegraph!