© Chappatte in NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich
Just over one week ago former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on suspicion of influence peddling and other crimes, after being detained and questioned by prosecutors as a suspect for over 18 hours. Sarkozy was indicted with bribery and violation of professional secrecy. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte shows a couple sitting at a café terrace somewhere in Paris (note the Eiffel Tower). The man is reading about the Sarkozy's judicial problems on his tablet, and the woman is reading an article about 'Welcome to New York', the film starring Gérard Depardieu which tells the story of the so-called Sofitel scandal in which French left-wing politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn (aka DSK) was accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid in a New York hotel. Strauss-Kahn was head of the IMF at the time, but was widely tipped to become the next French president.
The expression 'political alternance' would normally refer to a situation where political parties take it in turns to hold power. Here, however, it's used ironically to highlight the fact that a scandal on the left is followed by one on the right, and so on.