Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation over alleged influence peddling. He appeared before a judge in Paris late on Tuesday after 15 hours of questioning by anti-corruption police. This is thought to be the first time a former French head of state has been held in police custody. Read more >>
Sarkozy has often been depicted as Napoleon (see here for reasons why), and the Battle of Waterloo was Napoleon's final defeat. In fact, there's an English idiom to meet one's Waterloo, which means to meet one final and insurmountable challenge. So there's an obvious suggestion here that Sarkozy's latest judicial problems will put an end to his chances of making a political comeback (personally, I wouldn't be so sure). The cartoon also references the idiom to go down the toilet, as in "Since Torres joined Chelsea, his career has gone down the toilet." And finally, there's a play on the word 'Waterloo' — a toilet uses water, and 'loo' is informal word for toilet, "I'm just going to the loo."
To flush the toilet, to pull the flush, the toilet seat, the bowl, toilet paper ...