'Other nations have scandals. The French have affairs.' And Francois Mitterrand was no exception.
Former BBC foreign correspondent Philip Short has written a compelling biography of the French leader who was famous for his ambiguity.
Henry Goodman reads the fascinating story, starting with the infamous 'Observatory Affair', which nearly finished Mitterrand's political career.
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.