It would seem difficult to do a worse job as minister of interior than a man convicted of inciting racial hatred while holding the post, but Claude Guéant, in a few short weeks on the job, has deprived Brice Hortefeux of the honor of being the worst interior minister imaginable. His latest gaffe--or was it a feature, not a bug?--was his assertion, unsupported by any law, that not only are public servants forbidden from wearing religious symbols on the job, but so are the users of public services--in short, everybody. This is untrue, and either Guéant knew it to be untrue when he said it, or else he has a rather shaky grasp on the law for someone who has served as chief of staff to a minister of the interior, secretary general of the Élysée, and now minister of the interior in his own right. Le premier flic de France needs to hit the statute books. It is also a bad sign, with the "debate" on laïcité about to kick off in less than two weeks, that once again we have evidence that the term, whose meaning has always been contested, has now distended to the point where it can be used as a bludgeon to forbid almost anything that the powers-that-be want to forbid. Écrasez l'infâme!