Globe trotting French President Hollande was probably glad to get away for a few days, after the EU Council Meeting last week agreed the "Deal" which Cameron wanted and hoped would avoid a "Brexit" !
Hollande's escape to the French possessions in Polynesia, in the sunny South Pacific, was the first by a President for more than 30 years ! The occasion was joyously celebrated there with dancing and music.
On his return to Paris, like all Presidents for the last 50 years, he went to the farmers Agricultural Show.... and there his reception was, to say the least, a chilling "Wake-up call" to help him to recall all the problems he had left behind him in France !
Last Saturday Farmers, on his arrival at 7am, were quick to surround him (but he was solidly protected), to explain that certain sectors of their industry were making losses ! Farmers are strangled by low selling prices and Supermakets profiting from lower imports costs.
Amongst other major problems Holland faces are rising unemployment and groans even from the Socialists, lead by Martine Aubry, who did not hesitate to claim in an article in the "Le Monde" newspaper : "That is now too much !"
His Socialist Party, of which he was once the Secretary, now wonders if he could ever even qualify for the second round run-off in the Presidential election in May 2017.
What all Socialists really want is a Primary Election to select their best Candidate in the Autumn, but Hollande thinks that is much too early ! Militants in fact are becoming increasingly agitated !