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“The President is expected to behave as the embodiment of the Republic… Hollande is struggling to look the part”  © Pool/Reuters/Corbis

At the end of May, François Hollande visited the Institut d’Études Politiques (or “Sciences Po”) in Paris, one of France’s elite universities and a supply line for the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), where the country’s top bureaucrats, known as énarques, are trained. Opening a conference on the future of Europe organised by the Berggruen Institute on Governance, Hollande reminded the audience that he had been a student on the same…

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