In today’s International Herald Tribune Catherine Field gives an interesting analysis of the French riots and their origin. [I may as well warn some of our readers that she does not think that it is an intifada or a jihad.]
Her suggestions of long-term answers are hit and mix in my opinion: breaking up the stranglehold of the enarques on public life is a good idea, an encouragement of social and political integration even better, but throwing more government money without economic and social reforms will do nothing.
A far more interesting exchange of ideas can be seen in the Letters section of the newspaper.
But Ms Field does come up with a wonderful couple of sentences:
“President Jacques Chirac is notorious for trying to foil investigations into his scandal-tainted financial past. Unsurprisingly, there were only guffaws when he warned rioters that France is a country where justice is firmly applied.”The thought of l’escroc, who is hanging on to the presidency in order to keep himself out of the courts, if not prison, presiding over a state in which “justice is firmly applied” fills one with joyous laughter.