You might think it odd that in his newly-published memoir, Passions, in which he reflects on his long political career, culminating in five years as President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy found no space for the legal case that could result in his being sentenced to as long as 10 years in jail. But then Sarko has never been one to stress the negative. Like Jiminy Cricket, whom in some ways he resembles, he much prefers to accentuate the positive, seeing himself as a man of destiny who but for the perfidy of others would have led his country into a new Golden Age.

The truth, however, is that the law is catching up with him, and the King of Bling will shortly end up in court charged with corruption and abuse of power. The French can hardly wait.