David Robbins: Why the French are fighting for La Belle Vie
Francophile David Robbins on the deep-seated reasons behind this week's street protests
A love affair with a country is like any other love affair. It has its first, rapturous phase, followed by a more realistic one, when faults at first disguised by love become more visible.
So it has been with my affair with France. When I went there first, 30 years ago, everything delighted me.
I wanted to move there, live in a garret in the 8th arrondissement and write novels, marry a haughty French woman and be awarded the Legion d'Honneur at age 70.