ALLERGIC REACTION?….Apparently Franco-Americans relations still aren’t quite what they could be:

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, on holiday in the US, attended an informal family picnic at George Bush’s retreat in Maine on Saturday, sharing burgers in the name of Franco-US relations. But his wife was unexpectedly absent, blaming a severe throat ailment that prevented her making the one-hour trip from the Sarkozys’ rented villa in New Hampshire.

The Bushes were sympathetic. But the fact that Mrs Sarkozy was spotted shopping with friends on both Friday and Sunday raised eyebrows in France.

“Cécilia has set a new record for making a swift recovery,” a news reader said dryly on France Inter radio today.

Maybe she just doesn’t like hamburgers?