Sure, it occasionally leaves us horizontal, but itâ€™s a proud part of our identity. And anyway, we donâ€™t drink as much as you. Rightâ€¦?
If you want to become â€“ or remain â€“ the president of France, you have to touch a cow.
FranÃ§ois Hollande touched a cow; Nicolas Sarkozy touched a cow; Jacques Chirac touched more cows than anyone can remember; and every party leader or ElysÃ©e hopeful has had to touch a cow at one point or other. It cannot be any cow: the ceremonial patting must occur at the Paris International Agricultural Show, an annual event that does exactly what it says on the tin, and is attended by every French politician worth their salt.
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