No wonder they think Jerry Lewis is a comic genius:
PARIS, Jan 26, 2007 (AFP) - France's Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal, already in hot water over a string of diplomatic gaffes, faced more embarrassment Friday over claims she was fooled by a comedian posing as prime minister of Quebec.
Gerald Dahan -- who is seen as close to Royal's right-wing rival Nicolas Sarkozy -- told French radio he called her on Wednesday claiming to be Quebec Premier Jean Charest, to discuss a row over comments in which she appeared to back independence for the French-speaking Canadian province.
...."Dahan's a funny guy. Jokes happen. We should treat these things with a pinch of salt, a touch of humour," said Jack Lang, Royal's special adviser, appearing to confirm the set-up.
The comedian, who specialises in duping public figures, played a brief extract of the conversation on air, in which he jokingly compares Royal's comments on Quebec to suggesting independence for Corsica, the restive French Mediterranean island.
"The French people wouldn't be opposed to the idea, by the way," a woman's voice is heard to reply with a laugh -- before adding: "Don't repeat that, though -- it would cause another incident in France. It's a secret."