In my 13 November post I cheekily put a picture of a 2cv together with the explanation that this was not President Jacques Dermagne’s car. Dermagne, I should recall, the President of the French Economic, Environmental and Social Council, had loaned me his chauffeur and car to get me to the Gare du Nord on time after a Paris meeting ran late. In Valetta, Dermagne came up to me with a mock-serious expression on his face. ‘Dear Martin,’ he said, producing a print-out of my post, ‘I just want you to know that, in fact, I do have a 2cv!’ To great mirth he explained to me that he is the proud owner of a 40 year-old 2cv, recently re-sprayed and still going strong! We had a laugh, as they say.