Somehow I can’t see Hillary inviting Bernadette Chirac, wife of Jacques Chirac, out on the trail with her. France might be less toxic politically than it once was in the States thanks to Nicolas Sarkozy, but a Chirac on the campaign trail wouldn’t go down too well. (Although, in the lead off primary state of New Hampshire one in four of the population is of French descent)
The Democrats have long been paranoid about being accused of being too French. During the 2004 election, the Kerry campaign fretted about their candidate’s fondness for French ties and food. They were sent into an absolute panic by a request from Bernard Henri-Levy, the French philosopher, to interview the candidate. This time round, though, the only candidate who has lived in France and speaks fluent French is a Republican, Mitt Romney.