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    Just ‘close personal friends’ ….

    October 10, 2011

    This weekend, with rumour and accusation swirling around one of our most senior politicians, I’ve been thinking about the differences between our approach to public life and the French way. In France, very strict privacy and libel laws would not allow papers to make free, as they have over the past couple of days, with phrases like ‘close personal friend’ and ‘housemate’. Even ‘best man’, repeated with such emphasis, comes to take on its own precise meaning, especially when they…

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