The French gossip magazine Closer has published claims President François Hollande has been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet for two years. It also printed more details of the alleged romance, which it says began during the 2012 presidential race. Read more >>
Following in the footsteps of The Guardian's Steve Bell and The Times's Peter Brookes, The Independent's Dave Brown also takes his inspiration from a French classical painter — Jacques-Louis David and "La Mort de Marat", his painting of the murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat, which is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution.
In the cartoon, Hollande is portrayed as Murat, who was assassinated with a knife by Charlotte Corday, a Girondist sympathizer, while taking a medicinal bath. In his left hand he holds a copy of Closer magazine. The bathtub is draped with the French tricolor flag, and a model of a wilting Eiffel Tower is strategically positioned to symbolize Hollande's, er, downfall. The title of the painting "La Petite Mort de François Hollande" translates as "The Little Death of François Hollande", but "la petite mort" in French is also a euphemism for orgasm, another reference to Hollande's alleged love affair.
The cartoon can be interpreted in diffent ways - Hollande 'assassinated' by Closer's article, Hollande brought down by a woman (just like Murat was killed by a woman) ... and, of course there are all sorts of political references with Hollande being a Socialist and the French Revolution, etc.