Thursday, November 10, 2005

I read an insightful analysis of the riots in France, written by Sophie Masson, on Normblog. The clever cartoon that I added was found on Cox & Forkum. Mrs Masson points out something that is worth noticing: the riots and protests are simultaneously very French and un-French: "Revolutionary agitation is a bug that was caught by the French 200 years ago, and it's never left the French bloodstream. In fact, it could be said that the rioters in Paris and their copycats in the rest of the country are expressing on one level their alienation from French society - yet on another are displaying their assimilation. This isn't yet an Islamist-inspired mob; it is the traditional Paris mob, feared since 1789. And the government's reaction, veering in panic-stricken indecision from one wildly contradictory solution to another, is also traditional."

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