When Nicolas Sarkozy was elected, his private chef accidentally let out the news that the President requested no cheese to be served after meals. Sarkozy doesn’t drink wine – he believes that alcohol slows one down. He may well be right on that, but Mon Dieu, a leader who does not eat cheese or drink wine. Though it didn’t prove too much for French voters to swallow – did it cause people to view him with suspicion? Some say yes!
Charles De Gaulle once famously said “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” and one could add, especially if he doesn’t even eat it?!