Twinkletoes entertainer Lionel Blair has reacted with outrage at a French-led snub to his ambitions to become EU president.
The septegenarian star of stage and the small screen is understood to be ‘incandescent’ at his effective early exclusion from the race to be the continent’s figurehead.
Close friends say he would have been the best head the EU could have wished for.
But while it was clear he was now not going to come first, he was not in the habit of withdrawing, they confided.
He still hopes to pull it off in the face of his critics.
With Blair all but out of the running, Christopher Biggins is now favoured to get the plum job.