West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho was at Stamford Bridge last night to watch the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
A letter from leading French chief executives accusing François Hollande of destroying the country's economy comes as Nicolas Sarkozy emerges on to the political scene once more.
As he reflected on the future, nearly 12 months after leaving the Elysée Palace, Nicolas Sarkozy must have enjoyed a frisson of schadenfreude while studying the latest poll for Paris Match magazine.
Nicolas Sarkozy is depicted as a power-crazed leader known as "Rocky" who does pelvic floor exercises with his personal trainer on the Élysée lawn.
Gone, it seems, are the heady summer days when a French president could spend his holidays on a billionaire friend's luxury yacht or jet off to New Hampshire for a couple of weeks; gone, too, the possibility of enjoying the five-star hospitality of a friendly dictator, generous African autocrat or wealthy industrialist.
The vast mansion secluded by poplars on Paris's moneyed western outskirts in Neuilly looked from the outside like a genteel haven of the impossibly rich French upper classes.