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Thursday, 13 April 2017

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The president is quite powerful but without a parliamentary majority, he cannot do much. And both Le Pen and Mechancon are unlikely to get one which would limit the damage whilst still possibly tip that euro currency abomination over the edge.

Anyway, the others are "more of the same", slightly worse in the case of micron, so France will continue its long descent into the abyss.

In some ways, a jolt could be a good thing in disguise.

Oh, and Horreur is the right spelling! (I know its a feminine word but I don't make the rules!) :)

Merci beaucoup, Monoi, alas, even my English spelling isn't very good!

sounds to me like the setting for Hello Islamic Republic of France?

I think we can all agree that we live in a tumultuous world populated by something like seven billion people, most of whom want at least a modicum of life worth living. I also think that most people have very little control over the circumstances surrounding their own little corner of the world.

What, then, is the value of concerning oneself with the politics of another country?

Seriously, I'm just asking ...

Because, Henry, they are only 23 sea miles away and ever since those bloody Normans came over in 1066 they have proved to be a constant irritation!

Yes, David, I understand your irritation with them. But since there is nothing you can do about their internal politics, of what benefit to you personally is concerning yourself with them? It seems to me that you can only derive additional irritation from such concerns.

Well, Henry, it's a bit like the noisy neighbours living next door, they are impossible to ignore totally, and anyway, in an odd sort of way you kind of like them really. Or to be totally accurate, I suppose it's quite fun disliking them!

It's interesting that both the far left and far right feel they've been left behind in the current world order and see the workings of the Russian Federation as a viable alternative.

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