One detail that’s amused me in the aftermath of the French Presidential election is that Sarkozy, after telling the people of France they need to work harder and follow the pattern of the UK and the US more, has decided to spend the week between the election and his inauguration… on holiday with his family.

While there’s a certain sense behind the decision – it’s likely to be the last chance he has for a break for the next five years – it’s hard to imagine Gordon Brown telling the Queen she’ll have to wait because he’s off to the Algarve to topup his tan, or President-Elect McCain/Obama/Clinton/Giuliani ending their victory speech with ‘I’m going to Disneyland!’ next year.