As he joined David Cameron for one of the handball matches, he couldn't help but gloat over France's superior medal tally, rather patronisingly commenting that he would put France's medals into a 'European' pot so us Brits could be proud to be Europeans.
What a difference a week makes. With Team GB sat in third place in the medal tables, comfortably separated from France by a country which eats dog - as one spoof news website said - it is probably Monsieur Hollande who will be begging for Britain's superior haul of medals to be added to his European pot. Smugness never befits a politician and has a funny way of coming right round and biting you on the derriere.
We don't need to be proud to be Europeans, Monsieur Hollande. We're very proud to be British. Go Team GB!
|Were are all zee French medals? Zut alors, zay win ze Tour de France|
and now zay whoop our sorry derrieres in ze medal tables