20 March 2003
L'etat, c'est screwed
I think Ken Layne's called this one on the nose:
Nobody will ever take France seriously after this nightmare. Jacko Chirac will go down in history as the French politician who finally annoyed the world enough to have his country forever knocked off the Global Stage. France will continue to be a fine country to visit sort of like a very overpriced Slovenia but that's about it. Its smart, ambitious people will continue to flood the United States, and we will be a better country because of it.
Of course, the pursuit of irrelevance has been a favored pastime among French intellectuals for decades; how surprised should we be that the government has nationalized it?