Show of strength is sign of government in desperation

Too little, too late?

Charles de Gaulle, someone with whom France could perhaps do at the moment, famously said it was hard to govern a country with 246 types of cheese.

According to the latest figures, France now has between 300 and 400 different types: and experts say there could even be as many as 1,000 varieties. Therefore, even if we had not witnessed the recent clashes between the forces of authority and the gilets jaunes, we could conclude that France must be harder to govern today than 60 or 70 years ago.

The looting of the Champs-Elysées on March 16 certainly failed to create an impression of a country that is capable of being governed.

France was fortunate that the eyes of the world that day were on New Zealand after the horrific massacre in Christchurch, because the footage that was shown abroad was profoundly shocking: an orgy of vandalism breaking out in a supposedly civilised democracy, ostensibly ...

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