|Françoise Meyers-Bettencourt with her sons|
he lost his job at the IMF as well as his chance of winning the French presidential election in 2012 for which he was poised; his wife, wealthy and popular French journalist Anne Sinclair, left him in 2013; much of his fortune went to pay lawyers' fees and a financial settlement to his New York victim, and he suffered heavy financial losses in an investment firm he had founded with a partner who bankrupted the company and then committed suicide. Today he looks far older than his 65 years, burnt out and burnt up in the sordid and humiliating blowup of a brilliant career in politics and finance. Icarus revisited.
(Confession: I would miss the glorious royal weddings on television, having relished those of Kate and Maxima. Yum-yum).
|Spanish State visit to Elysée Palace|
|Hollande-Royal in Manila|
This week saw the beginning of the week-long final exams that conclude the six-year secondary education in France and leads to the Baccalaureate, popularly known as le bac, and access to university. The first of these standardized exams is Philosophy, which all students have to take and which is a uniquely French requirement.
A delicious sound calls me to the window where I hear a young voice trilling to a Haendel aria accompanied on the harpsichord. It's that time of the year in Aix-en-Provence, where the pre-opera season of master classes, open rehearsals, conferences and free concerts started a week ago.
I must go now, but I promise to be back to you next month with some up-close news from our opera festival.