Alex Massie

France’s Spring

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People protest during France's second nationwide strike in two months, to demand a boost to wages and greater protection form the crisis, on March 19, 2009, in Marseille, southern France. Photo: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images

It's springtime which means that even if there weren't an econmic crisis our friends in France would be taking to the streets. This is as it should be. My one year old godson, I'm pleased to say, is already a veteran of street action, having been wheeled out to protest against proposals for primary school reforms. Even rites of passage happen earlier these days. Anyway, the good news for Sarkozy is that the Socialists are in no position to benefit from the public's sour, fretful mood. The bad news, of course, is that it could all wreck his Presidency anyway and leave France's more extreme parties to take advantage of the current unrest...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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