only the french…

would fault their new president for jogging, complaining that…

“[It is an] ‘undignified’ pursuit. He should take up walking, like Socrates, Arthur Rimbaud, the poet, and other great men, said Mr Finkelkraut.”


“…Mr Sarkozy has rekindled a French suspicion that the habit is for self-centred individualists such as the Americans who popularised it. ‘Jogging is of course about performance and individualism, values that are traditionally ascribed to the Right,’ [said] Odile Baudrier, editor of V02 magazine … Patrick Mignon, a sports sociologist, noted that French intellectuals had always held sport in contempt, while totalitarian regimes cultivated physical fitness. “

grumble grumble lets sit and eat eclairs instead


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