Last Friday the French celebrity magazine Closer published pictures of what it said was French President François Hollande wearing a motorcycle helmet visiting actress Julie Gayet for nocturnal trysts. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows the scene outside the Elysée Palace - the French President's official residence. A host of photographers and cameramen are waiting outside for François Hollande to appear. Meanwhile, a clown walks past them without attracting any attention. One of the gendarmes on duty says to the other, "Very wise. He stuck out like a sore thumb in his old crash helmet disguise."
The clown is - of course - François Hollande (an appropriate disguise given that he's become a laughing stock all over the world). His meetings with the actress Julie Gayet took place in a flat in the Rue du Cirque (Circus Street) - also very appropriate for a clown! The flowers are a nice touch.
If someone or something sticks out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they are very different from the people or things around them. • Everyone else was in jeans and casual gear and I had my office clothes on - I stuck out like a sore thumb.