Here is a book that all the presidential candidates should read. For when a Scottish political journalist decides to decipher our political customs, there are lessons to be learned. In “Schizophrenie francaise, Sego, Sarko, Jacques et moi” (Jean-Claude Gawsewitch), Emma Vandore, a Bloomberg journalist, recounts three years in the corridors of French power surrounded by politicians’ secrets and their way of life. “You wouldn’t fancy becoming my mistress,” proposes a Socialist grandee one evening in La Rochelle. She also covers the different Franco-British ideologies, the habits of the Elysee Court, her frustrations with bureaucracy, transport strikes, student demos against the CPE (youth work contract), Zizou’s moment of madness at the World Cup final, the strange love habits of the French…. ‘Find them a good boss and they will throw their cherished antidepressants out of the window,’ she recommends.