When François Hollande arrived in Beijing on Thursday after a torrid month at home, he intended discussing serious matters - but some mischevious Chinese were more interested in poking fun at his pants.
In a doctored photo, widely circulated on Weibo, a serious-looking Hollande is seen leaving his jet in a dark suit escorted by diplomats and girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler - with his fly wide open.
“China welcomes the open-minded French President,” reads one headline conjured up by a blogger, playing into the “French people love sex” stereotype the Chinese have long held for their European counterparts.
Minutes later, thousands of Weibo users chimed in.
“Apparently it was a comfortable plane,” commented a blogger, implying the president had been fooling around while on board.
“People who aim at achieving great things don’t care about this trivial stuff, ” commented another.
Admittedly this is not the best piece of work by the tech-savvy Chinese online community, whose latest work showcased David Beckham’s fake tattoos.