Let’s enjoy some holiday schadenfreude at the expense of the New York Times, who published a letter purportedly from Betrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, only to find that it was a fake. They had received it by email and never verified that it was from him. I think I will be bringing this up the next time someone tells me that political blogs are crap and the traditional media is the last bastion of skilled journalism.
The letter does seem to have been written by a francophone, if the use ofpretend in “What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat?” is any indication. Pretend to with the meaning ‘aspire to, claim to be fit for’ is possible but archaic in English, while for Frenchprétendre à that meaning is commonplace.