This week’s article of the week comes, once again, from The New Yorker. Written by Elisabeth Zerofsky, “Of Presidents and Princesses” draws a direct correlation between Nicolas Sarkozy‘s lost bid for re-election as French president and his stance on traditional French culture. More specifically, his attacks on the French literary classic The Princess of Clèves (1678) by Madame de Lafayette. Madame de Lafayette’s book is required reading in classrooms across France, much like To Kill a Mockingbird in the United States. Zerofsky traces how Sarkozy’s “princess” problem went viral. The end result: the first socialist French president since Francois Mitterrand. Whatever your politics, this article provides an interesting point of cross-cultural comparison with our most recent presidential campaign in the United States.