I needed a laugh today, and John Lichfield of the UK’s Independent was kind enough to provide it. It is readily apparent, as you read the article, that Lichfield is “underwhelmed” with new French President Hollande. But this paragraph is about as brilliant a summary of French politics as I’ve seen in a while and had me belly laughing when I read it:
After the whirl of the Sarkozy years, Mr Hollande was elected as a muddle-through kind of politician. He is now being accused of trying to muddle through. This is, at least, a variant on the usual French pattern of electing politicians to bring “change” and then protesting against the changes.
Thank you, sir.
I needed that.