Surprised nobody’s discussing this, considering how much noise there is in the Brexit thread.
For those who haven’t heard: the French are out on the streets setting fire to stuff (as they do), but the unusual feature of this month’s riot is that, supposedly, 80% of the population are broadly sympathetic. They appear to be protesting against some fundamental dysfunction in the French state: variously, what the Brits would call a “nanny State”, high taxes, and centralisation of the French economy in Paris, at the expense of the rural population. Any Europeans here have some views on this?
One interesting perspective on it here.