Self-Portraits of the French Presidential Candidates: This copy of Le Parisien was open on the “zinc” where we had a sandwich today. The candidates were asked to take pictures of themselves in front of a camera on a tripod with studio lighting. All complied. But some clearly enjoyed the experience more than others. Marine Le Pen “was transformed in front of the lens,” writes Le Parisien. Hollande looked confident, or at least well coached. Sarkozy … Well, Sarkozy wasn’t happy about the whole thing: “What’s this photo session? I don’t much like this, you know.” Despite urging from an aide to get with the game, Sarkozy stood there stone solemn, squeezed off two pictures, and left.