During his inaugural procession, newly-elected President François Hollande of France was soaked by a sudden thunderstorm in an open-topped limousine. Later on his jet was struck by lightning when he was on his way to
do the bidding of meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel. For those interested in haruspicy, the avian entrails do not bode well for the new leader of the Fifth Republic.
In other news, Moody’s ratings agency downgraded the debt of 26 Italian banks. The trade association for Italian banks considers this move an “aggression” against the Italian people.
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