French President Francois Hollande is making his first official visit to the United Kingdom this week, and while his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, said he and Hollande found "much common ground," the two leaders clearly did not see eye-to-eye for one simple reason:
Francois Hollande is short.
Hollande's stature came to the attention of British and French press when he appeared next to the Guard of Honor from the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. Commenters on a website featuring the photos taken by Agence France Presse mocked the 5-foot-7-inch Hollande, saying, "Dwarfs rule the world," among other remarks about the president's height.
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Others noted that Hollande's 5-foot-5-inch predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, went to great lengths to conceal his true height, including standing on tiptoes and wooden platforms and wearing stacked heels.
In a further twist of irony, the British battalion that brought about Hollande's height-Waterloo achieved its most significant military act in the defeat of another famously short French leader: Napoleon Bonaparte, at the Battle of Waterloo.
Hollande, however, faces a tall order in his new role; the president's challenges ahead include reducing the national debt, signing a new drone deal with the U.K., and figuring out how to kick-start his country's economy.
Check out the photos that started it all, as well as pictures of Hollande standing next to other British leaders.
French President Francois Hollande inspects the guard of honour, 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, with Major James Coleby, right, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, on the French president's first visit to Britain since taking office, Tuesday July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Lewis Whyld, Pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets French President Francois Hollande, left, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England Tuesday July 10, 2012. Francois Hollande is visiting London for his first talks in Britain since winning the French presidency in May. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons, Pool)
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, greets French President Francois Hollande outside 10 Downing Street in London, before their meeting inside, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Discussing efforts to tackle the eurozone debt crisis and kick-starting the continent's sluggish economic growth were expected to be on the agenda for the lunch meeting between the two leaders. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speak during a joint press conference at Elysee Palace on March 26, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
French President Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with the executive secretary for the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize, established by UNESCO, Alioune Traore prior to a meeting on March 25, 2013 at the Elysee Presidential Palace. (REMY DE LA MAUVINIERE/AFP/Getty Images)
France's president Francois Hollande (2ndL) reacts as he looks at General Secretary of the International Organization of Francophonie (IOF) and former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf, beside France's Junior Minister for French Living Abroad and Francophony, Yamina Benguigui (L) and French Junior Minister for Educational Success George Pau-Langevin (R), following a meeting with Francophone women from the Global Forum on March 20, 2013, at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
France's president Francois Hollande (C) holds a copy of the 'Blue book of the Francophone women's call' that he received from France's Junior Minister for French Living Abroad and Francophony, Yamina Benguigui (2ndL), beside General Secretary of the International Organization of Francophonie (IOF), and former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf (2ndR), following a meeting with Francophone women from the Global Forum on March 20, 2013, at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) chats with French President Francois Hollande (r) and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo during a roundtable meeting at the EU Headquarters on March 15, 2013 in Brussels, on the second day of a two-day European Union leaders summit. EU leaders hold a second and final day of summit talks from with attention turning to relations with Russia. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (L) and French President Francois Hollande (C) talk with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti prior to a roundtable meeting at the EU Headquarters on March 14, 2013 in Brussels, on the first day of a two-day European Union leaders summit. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
France's President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes President of Bolivia Evo Morales prior to a meeting at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on March 13, 2013. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)