AN engaging little man dropped into the French Embassy last Monday. Some small men exude an instant presence. Charlie Haughey and Napoleon come to mind. Nicolas Sarkozy had none. Initially, at least. But he could grow on you.
The pre-Sarkozy coffee, croissants and cakes session was more enlightening than the message from the President of France. We Irish were all treated to tea and French pastries in the salon. Cosy groups formed. Gerry Adams entered into a little huddle with Finian McGrath. Patricia McKenna was deep in conversation with Andy Storey of Afri and Richard Boyd Barrett . There was a chasm of contact between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps.