After 55% French voters rejected the EU constitution on May 29, the history of both Frances Fifth Republic and the 50-year old EU process is now at a turning point. Which may not be for the worse, despite warnings by French elites of a descent in hell.
The showdown in Paris and other cities against the right-wing governments First Employment Contract bill (CPE) turns out to be Frances largest student movement in twelve years but joining forces with last Novembers suburban rioters remains a harder task.
The gap between the Republics dysfunctional universalist dogmas and a real-life suburban world at war with itself is so wide in France that a fire can spread in the middle with nothing to stop itsave a brutal Leviathan to kill the fire and erase all traces of what first sparked it.
The quintessentially 1980s quarrel between radical theory and reactionary politicsor between multiculturalists and the then-rising neoconsis surely not over.