Alexander Chancellor

Forget the sex scandal. Why does Francois Hollande have only one pair of shoes? 

The French like dash and elegance in their leaders — they don't mind the mistress as much as the moped

Are these the only pair of shoes owned by French president Francois Hollande? Photo: AFP/Getty

Of all the interesting revelations by the French magazine Closer about François Hollande, the most interesting for me is its claim that he owns only one pair of shoes. I don’t think I know anybody with only one pair of shoes. Even my brother John, who at the age of 86 has rather let himself go sartorially-speaking, possesses two pairs.

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