Destinations Magazine

Jacques is Back

By Stizzard
Jacques is back A leap back to the future

HE IS 82 years old, and his presidency is hardly a glorious memory. It was on his watch that France’s competitive position sharply declined. His popularity sank to 16% during his penultimate year in office. But seven years on, Jacques Chirac has emerged as an improbable icon of retro taste and a figure of public affection.

Bizarre as it seems, images of Mr Chirac in his younger days have become a cult fashion item. T-shirts and tote bags display the former president as the embodiment of insouciant cool: drawing on a cigarette, lounging on a sofa, or leaping nonchalantly over a ticket barrier in the Metro. Captions, in English, include “Chill” or “French touch”. There is a page on Tumblr, a social-media hub, devoted to vintage photos of the career politician’s “suave gangsterism”. Grazia, a fashion magazine, recently called him a French Cary Grant. “Chirac, the hipster” wrote Les InrocKuptibles, a left-leaning style magazine, has made a “sensational comeback in the form of a fashion icon”.

Five years after leaving office, Mr Chirac…

The Economist: Europe


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Racer

    Racer

    Top-MissguidedJoggers-MissguidedShoes-ConverseI'm obsessed with the racer trend right now, I'm slowly starting a small collection, it started with the Fanny... Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Sammycx
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • P...P...P...Pick Up A Penguin

    P...P...P...Pick Penguin

    Penguin Books was the brainchild of one Allen Lane who at the time was managing director of publishing house The Bodley Head, back in an era when books were... Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad Has A Lot Of Secrets To Uncover #BookReview

    Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad is an intense story of pain and suffering on one hand. And courage on the other hand. The book has two parts. Part 1 is Shlomki. And... Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Jaideep Khanduja
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • 9 Revenue Models That Can Keep Your Business Thriving

    Revenue Models That Keep Your Business Thriving

    Every new business quickly realizes that revenue coming in every period on a committed basis is the Holy Grail to survival and growth. Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • How the West Was Stolen (USA Vs. First Nations)

    Interactive Map Shows the Seizure of Over 1.5 Billion Acres of Native American Land Between 1776 and 1887 https://t.co/XvpjmmuSpc pic.twitter. Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Bbenzon
    CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIETY
  • Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum

    Life Cabaret, Chum

    This year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival has been in full swing with the usual eclectic mix of the traditional and the avant-garde in words, music, dance,... Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Jackscott
    DIARIES, EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION
  • A Sunday Conversation With Dylan Jarman of Shotgun Sawyer

    Sunday Conversation With Dylan Jarman Shotgun Sawyer

    What have been your musical epiphany moments? I grew up in a very pop-friendly house. The Beatles reigned supreme, but Elvis Costello and REM lurked around... Read more

    The 27 May 2018 by   Ripplemusic
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Magazines