The economic dangers of living in a land of promises
IT is quite an achievement, to create a constitutional crisis over when shops should open on a Sunday, but the French have managed it. Not a major constitutional crisis - not yet, anyway - but a genuine one all the same.
One is reminded of the, admittedly rather smug, axiom of our common law that whatever is not forbidden is permitted; as distinct from the Continent's codified one where whatever is not permitted is forbidden.
But it goes a lot deeper than that. Francois Hollande had to apply a rarely-used presidential power to bypass parliament in order to - well, in order to allow French shops to open on 12 Sundays in the year instead of just five.