The French leadership is now grasping for a “Plan B”.
Faster, please, gentlemen. It will be bad for all of us if you don’t get a grip on this thing. Soon.
No schadenfreude, no jeering at the French for all their many faults. This is too serious for that.
I guess I’m unsure of what I think about the goings-on in France. I believe it’s far bigger than many seem to think, but at the same time I’m not at all certain that this really is the beginning of a new phase in the flow of events. No doubt it will be long-remembered. But I guess I’m not ready to assign it a grade of ‘Major Historical Shift’ at this point. We won’t know for quite some time whether history is truly being made, even if this is a turning point.
I believe things need to come to a head. But the streets of Paris are not the venue I’d choose. Let’s hope and pray that they can pull this thing back from the brink.
UPDATE: Michael Willaims writes: Here Comes the Sixth Republic!
While that may technically qualify as “jeering”, it also serves to remind us that upheaval of French society and government isn’t all that unusual.