Hmm. This is fun:
Xavier Kemlin, a multi-millionaire Frenchman, insists that the 48-year-old magazine journalist \”should not take advantage\” of public funds.
He has filed the complaint at a criminal court in Saint-Etienne, in the Loire department of eastern France.
It states that the presidential couple \”are neither married, nor civil partners,\” and that \”our taxes\” should not have to \”house, feed, pay the staff and travel\” of a woman with whom taxpayers have \”no link in law\”.
Does the mere shagging of a politician mean that taxpayers should support someone? It\’s an interesting question: for where is the cut off point? I think we all agree that a casual shag should not be paid for out of public funds. And I think we all also agree that the wife of a head of state is going to be asked to do various things (open fetes, greet Johnny Foreigner) that require the provision of public funds to dress her, create a staff to organise such things.
But just where is that dividing line?