When Macron gets tough on protecting ‘Frenchness’

For all the rhetoric of three years ago about how he would break the mould of French politics, Emmanuel Macron has some pretty orthodox methods.

Faced with a serious test in March’s local elections, he has decided to go down a familiar route to ward off the threat from the only other party that shows signs of coherence, the Rassemblement National, led by Marine Le Pen.

As the campaign moved out of first gear in mid-February, M Macron decided to do what many politicians have done when faced with difficulties, and promised to get tough with those threatening the French way of life.

An opinion poll conducted by Ifop in February suggested that 65 per cent of French people think that within 20 years traditional western civilisation will have collapsed.

Possibly even more worrying is the finding that a third of those who believe in this expect that, when the end comes, it will be ‘brutal’. Much of this ‘collapsology’ has to do with environmental factors – global warming notably, and the end ...

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