Nicolas Sarkozy’s seduction
of the British started yesterday at 11:26 a.m. when his plane landed at Heathrow,” Andrew Gimson wrote for Thursday’s Daily Telegraph. “He brought with him his latest conquest, Carla Bruni, and many of us decided at once that if we were going to be seduced by anyone, we would rather be seduced by her.” If her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, had come here to woo his British hosts with a flattering speech to Parliament — compared by one writer to a “torrent of crème Chantilly sprayed from a high-pressure hose” — then his wife’s slender frame and twinkling eyes upstaged his effort to achieve gravitas. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/28/world/europe/28bruniweb.html?hp
Carla was perfect. Sarko was, despite his best efforts, Sarko. That was the considered view of the French press on the presidential state visit to Britain.The cardinal rule, when talking to the Queen, Libération said, was that Her Majesty must always starts the conversation and Her Majesty must always change the subject.Once inside the Royal carriage in Windsor, how did M. Sarkozy behave? "The French President was like a kid," the newspaper said. "He chatted and chatted to the Queen when he had been warned to shut up ... his auto-control system broke down.The Libération reporter Antoine Guiral was deeply impressed by Windsor itself, it seems. "This is an eternal, kitsch England, which recalls Chez Mickey [presumably Disneyland], with its coloured streets, lined with Union flags and Tricolores.
The popular newspaper Le Parisien ran the headline, "Les Anglais conquis par Carla" (The English charmed by Carla)."Bloody Nice! President Sarkozy is a lucky bloke!" the newspaper quoted Stuart, a 45-year-old builder as saying on the streets of Windsor (aka Royal-land). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/europe/the-view-from-france-pride-and-shame-in-equal-measure-801748.html
Voila,The Entente Cordiale :
The Entente Cordiale Between The United Kingdom and France From World War I Document Archive 8 April, 1904 The Entente Cordiale Between the United Kingdom and France Great Britain, Parliamentary Papers London, 1911, Vol. CIII, Cmd. 5969 Formally titled, the 'Declaration between the United Kingdom and France Respecting Egypt and Morocco, Together with the Secret Articles Signed at the Same Time.' The Franco-British Declaration, 1904http://The_Entente_Cordiale_Between_The_United_Kingdom_and_France
- French, from Old French, intent, understanding — more at intent