Saturday 10 December 2016

Time to abandon Gallic shrug and shout 'stop'

Henry Samuel in Paris

Published 16/10/2010 | 05:00

The barricades are up, acrid tear gas is filling the streets, angry hordes of striking workers and students are preparing to do battle against a common enemy.

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Eh oui, the French are at it again. In the past, I have found the Gallic shrug the best response to the country's trigger-happy strike culture -- it's just something you have to learn to live with. This time, though, I'm finding it difficult to shrug off -- and I am not alone.

A French friend, until recently an aide at the Elysee Palace, vented his spleen this week. "I never thought I would hear myself say this," he told me dejectedly. "But I am seriously considering leaving the country. I can't take it any more."

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