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Friday, 4 May 2012


The ranting monologue with which François Hollande concluded his face to face debate with Nicolas Sarkozy on the television was remarkable and memorable.

Repeated 16 times, the phrase "Me, the President of the Republic" seems to come straight out of the method of auto-suggestion which would not have been disapproved of by Dr Coué.

P.S. Memo for younger readers:  Dr Emile Coué (1857 - 1926) was an eminent French psychiatrist and pharmacist, well known in Europe and the USA. (He met President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.) He was at the origin of the theory of "auto-suggestion":  "All ideas engraved in our memory could become reality if and when possible".  

We shall have to wait until after the vote this Sunday, May 6, 2012.  Will Hollande then be elected ?