Last week marked the first state visit to the United States by a French president in 22 years. In addition to Washington, D.C., François Hollande visited the Silicon Valley. The last time a French head of state did so was in 1984, when François Mitterand met an ambitious eccentric named Steve Jobs.
The next time you’re refreshing Twitter, remember that somewhere French President François Hollande is floating on his magic croissant carpet and judging you.
A French newspaper asked him yesterday about his social media habits and after presumably giving the reporter a stink eye he pooh-poohed the notion that he would waste anytime on those things
“I look when they show me,” Mr. Hollande said to Le Parisien about the idea of even glancing over at an app. “There’s an addictive side to all that stuff that you need to defend against.”