Let’s (not) shake on it! Pictures of international snubs prove François Hollande’s popularity problem
Images add insult to ignominy for the man who polls suggest is now the most unpopular French president in history
Thursday 02 January 2014
François Hollande has had a troubled term as France’s President. But despite his domestic problems he should expect that other world leaders might be prepared to shake him by the hand.
Now it appears he has had difficulty even getting that done.
A series of photographs showing a year of failed handshakes in 2013, first published in the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, stands as proof. Pictured with a range of world leaders from Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, to EU Commission president Manuel Barroso, Mr Hollande can certainly be accused of failing to grasp the hand, if not the moment.
And it’s not just other world leaders Mr Hollande is failing to connect with – polls show he is now the most unpopular French president in history.
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 iPhone 6s camera: features to include 4K video camera and flash for selfies
- 5 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
Most expensive city to live in for expatriates: Luanda, Angola takes number one spot with Hong Kong and Zurich in top three
Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
If Surrey were Syria: Social experiment shows what it's like to live under siege
Irish tourist filmed fighting with shopkeepers in Turkey says they 'messed with the wrong man'
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal get peerages
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Unpaid - £4 lunch allowance plus travel to and from work: Barnardo's: Purpose ...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£15000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...