Francois Hollande was ridiculed today after allowing himself to look like a ‘dwarf’ alongside a British regiment which won battle honours at Waterloo and then occupied Paris.
He is the second diminutive French President in a row, but at 5ft7 he is two inches taller than Sarkozy, who was notoriously touchy about his size.
Hollande was left red-faced after an official visit to London yesterday when he was photographed next to rather taller guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards.
Matters were not helped by the guards’ sizable bearskins which made the President appear tiny in the pictures taken outside the foreign office.
Comments alongside the image on a website of pictures taken by AFP, France’s national news agency, suggested Hollande had fallen into a ‘trap’ made to make him look ridiculous.
‘Poor France,’ wrote Jean-Marc Rameau, from Paris, while Dmitri Kovaley mocked Mr Hollande, who is 5ft 7ins, with the words ‘Dwarfs rule the world’.