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The above image comes from de Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper.

Under the headline “No man’s hand” (a pleasing, rare example of a pun which crosses language barriers), they present a cringeworthy gallery of snaps of François Hollande being snubbed by a variety of world leaders. As an aside, it’s worth noting the hint of Dutch euroscepticism in the bottom left – the only person whose hand Hollande is shown ignoring belongs to José Manuel Barroso.

This is the latest symptom of Hollande’s meteoric descent from icon of European socialism to all-round economic disaster zone. His experiment with what Ed Balls would call Plan B has been a national catastrophe, with rising unemployment and all the indices warning of a return to recession.

With the furthest, fastest approval rating fall in French presidential history, how low can he go?

**UPDATE**

Reader WelshRacer has pointed out in the comments that the answer to “how low can he go?” is “This low:”

Hollande Miliband

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