Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Les Aventures de Big Mac

1. Rencontre avec le Tzar des Ténèbres

France’s new President Emmanuel Macron has had a pretty good run so far, as his recent encounter with his Russian counterpart shows and where his brash style and reliance on handshake diplomacy seems to have paid off. For this reason, it might be useful to break down how the encounter as it unfolded.

Unsurprisingly, the story began with a not-so-innocent handshake.

Then there was a private tête-à-tête whose details remain sketchy, albeit the Czar of Darkness seems to have been unhappy about it for some reason.   

Then the two alpha males took a stroll meant to help them smooth things out and where Putin tried to appeal to Macron’s romantic spirit.

The stroll finished with Macron proposing another handshake.

Putin finally relented, against his better judgment.  

Macron then convinced a reluctant Putin to hold a joint press conference.

The conference was everything Putin feared and worse. But Macron finally showed some sympathy.

Macron was not the first western leader to give Putin a public dressing down. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has that honor, despite Putin’s attempt at intimidation.

Moreover, Merkel has a more subtle take on handshake diplomacy.

And it seems to work even with bad boys.

Fun Fact: The modern-day inventor of the handshake diplomacy and that is becoming more and more in vogue these days is the renowned mid-20th Century Belgian anthropologist Hippolyte Bergamotte who seems to have been inspired by his studies of the ancient civilizations of South America, especially the Incas.


Big Mac: A term of endearment given to young French leaders who refuse to kotow to idiots and autocrats.

Brexshit: To shit in one’s pants as a protest against an ill-fitting underwear.

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