The true campaign season has not yet started in France and there are already a large number of candidates, a total of 15. The current president Nicolas Sarkozy has not yet officially declared himself a candidate, saying he would continue to do his work as president until the end of his term, although many expect him to do so very soon after newspaper Liberation revealed that he had already chosen his campaign headquarters.
In 2007 Nicholas Sarkozy promised that he would eradicate homelessness if he were elected President of France. The plight of those affected by the French housing crisis have just been given a surprise celebrity spokesman in the form of footballer turned actor turned French national treasure, Eric Cantona.
I wanted to start with something that would give readers plenty to agree or disagree with, or even to complain about, so a traditional stab at future gazing seems an appropriate way to begin (the BBC's pundits have their go here).
As politicians, MPs, bankers and leaders of industry, not to mention newspaper editors, grapple this weekend to understand whether Cameron's decisions over a new European treaty set the UK up for success or financial failure, the real talking point hasn't been the behind-closed-scene deals, or the long-term ramifications, but whether Sarkozy snubbed Cameron's hand-shake or not. As with so many things, it's the people and the relationships at the heart of the matter that pique our interest...
When the 'make or break' summit to save the euro finished in Brussels on Friday afternoon, David Cameron headed rapidly for the exit without the traditional end of summit press conference (making do, unusually, with only an interim pre-dawn one as the leaders stumbled out from their almost ten hours overnight talks for a short break before breakfast).
It would be easier to sympathise with the prime minister had he not stumbled into a trap of his own making. He was more than happy to play the anti-European card when it suited him, especially when he secured the Tory leadership. Now, in order to maintain British influence in a debate of enormous importance to our future, he expects to be taken seriously by the very people he was so quick to shun for the easy applause of his own backbenchers.