Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cat Fight

This should amuse the academics among you.

The Grapes of Wrath and the Foie Gras of Revolution

The "revolution" has found a new tactic: filling grocery carts with smoked salmon and foie gras, blocking the checkouts, and forcing the store management to let the "militants" depart with the loot without paying or risk losing the rest of the day's business. Yesterday it was the Monoprix on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris, but the "movement" isn't confined to the capital. A harbinger of things to come?

ADDENDUM: A lengthy legal analysis here.

Bon An, Mal An

Let's hope this year will be better than last. Happy New Year to all of you.

A Retrospective

ENA Hors les Murs, the alumni magazine of the Ecole nationale d'administration, asked me to review the year 2008 in French politics from an American point of view. Here is my article (in French), which appears in the December issue of the magazine. Reviewing French politics for énarques might seem like carrying coals to Newcastle, but I enjoyed the exercise.