What the French are Good at they deny
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy this year tabled legislation making 'soliciting by any means, including dress, position or attitude' punishable by up to six months in prison, but a recent survey showed 63 per cent of the population would much prefer the reopening of France's notorious 'maisons closes' - the state-regulated brothels immortalised by Toulouse Lautrec, Flaubert, Zola and de Maupassant - which were closed over a century ago.Taking advantage of the EU an English woman beat the French at their own game by running an escort business modelled on the extrodinary success of Madame Claude in the 60's and 70's. The French have her on trial and the government is looking even more idiotic than usual.
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The prosecution lawyer laughed as she cross-examined the accused on why her women were pictured wearing skimpy underwear, if they were to provide only companionship ('It's like Miss France. One picture fully-clothed and one in a swimsuit,' the defendant replied). Even MacDonald looked cheerful, repeatedly making the public benches laugh as she explained her business.Delightful. Far better the French stick to farce than blunder about in international politics.