a curious - and somewhat scary - accident on his way to Berlin. His plane was hit by a bolt of lightning, and had to return to the military airport of Villacoublay - where it had taken off some 40 minutes earlier.
Therefore, Hollande had to jump on another plane. He's now flying to Berlin, but will be late to his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
We're glad Hollande ans his team are sound and safe, but the new 'Merkhollande' couple is really off to a rocky start...
P.S.: We're pretty sure that the Chancellor will forgive Hollande's tardiness, given that he just appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault - who speaks good German and is widely seen as a 'Germanophile' - as the new French Prime Minister.