Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: The final days of Colombia’s FARC guerilla

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Abkhazia, the country that (almost) doesn't exist

Read more

FOCUS

Lawlessness and lynchings in Venezuela

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Volkswagen: ‘We've changed the foundations of our company’

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The chandelier, master of light

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Vive le vin! Understanding France’s love of wine

Read more

World leaders gather under the Christmas tree

Text by Nicolas DE SCITIVAUX

Latest update : 2008-12-23

The most powerful people on the planet are an inspiration for Santa this year. From kitsch to witch, check out the political byproducts making their Christmas debut under the tree.

The arty gift

The election of Barack Obama as US president triggered a web merchandising storm this year. Choosing from the T-shirts, badges, pins and even dog scarves may prove difficult. You can even find little Obama heads decked out in Santa hats to adorn the tree.


The Xmas ornament, Obama style

 

The practical gift

Preparing dinner on Christmas Eve can quickly turn into a headache. You may get a hand from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but don’t let her sour look spoil the feast.

 

The Merkel lemon juicer

 

 

 

The romantic gift

There’s an Italian alternative to Christmas carols: Silvio Berlusconi’s fourth album. The former crooner and cruise host himself wrote the words of the love song CD which are sung here by a friend of "Il Cavaliere", Mariano Apicella.



The fun gift

Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, is the pick for kids. To fight the bad guys, nothing beats a Chavez action figure. There are two models, one in green fatigues and one with the president’s famous red shirt. Press the button to hear a patriotic song.

 

The Chavez action figure

 

 


The educational gift

In a more muscled style, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a judo DVD out. Putin demonstrates the moves himself, showing off his fighting spirit.


 

The shamanic gift

Last but not least, a great and much derided French classic: the Nicolas Sarkozy voodoo doll, sold with its own handbook. And for leftist sympathizers, Santa also carries a version of the former presidential Socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal.

On the left, the Sarkozy voodoo doll. On the right, his Royal counterpart


 

All items can be purchased on e-auction sites such as eBay

 

(Translated by Marie Valla)

 

Date created : 2008-12-23

COMMENT(S)