Maybe This Explains His Attraction to Saddam

Apparently, marrying oneself to a dead partner is something of a French pastime:

Dressed in a demure black suit, a 35-year-old Frenchwoman has married her dead boyfriend, an exchange of vows that required authorization from President Jacques Chirac. … Such marriages are legal if the living spouse can prove the couple had intended to marry before the other died. The French president must also authorize it.

I don’t know what’s more disturbing (with apologies to Mme. Demichel) — that a woman would pursue such a course of action when her “groom” has been dead for 17 months, or that approval of such unions is an official duty of the French President. I hadn’t realized how ingrained the notion of useless marriage was to the French, but it does explain why they insist that we are still partners even after they’ve plunged the knife in our backs.