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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
May 14, 2017


News Item:  Emanuel Macron inaugurated as President of France.  At age 39, he is
the youngest French leader since Napoleon.

You know we have a new president.

So we do.  Does it make any difference?

Of course it does.  He has the bloom of youth.  He looks like a French poodle, and he
says he will prove 'France is not in decline'.  He will use his 'new growth model' to
increase mobility and help the environment.

Poodles are smart like everything French but does he explain what his model is?

No he does not.  But he did lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

What has that got to do with it?  It's part of the ceremony like being presented
Napoleon's necklace to signify his position as also Grand Master of the Legion of

They fired a 21-gun salute.

It was only one gun firing 21 times.

I know.  That's what they call it.

So what's his new model for French renaissance?

I don't know.  But President Francois Hollande tweeted just before he left office to
say, "I leave the country in a much better state than I found it."

And he has the worst poll rating of any president before him.

Stop carping.  It could've been Marine le Pen, or worse .. a Donald Trump like those
stupide Americains.

Oh, no one is that stupide ...

Yes, you may call us lazy, immoral, drunkards, etc., etc., but never stupide ...

Never stupide.  We know how to enjoy life ...

Heh!  Heh!  Heh!  Heh!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  ... (both exploding into laughter)

Time for a glass of wine?

Why not ...