France, the banana republic so sure of its virtue

Just a reminder to put things into perspective. Where was the "republican front" and the authority of the State last month when CGT members (*) beat up people who tried to distribute free newspapers out of the control of their organization, and spilled the newspapers on the ground? The police didn’t do anything. Political leaders didn’t take a strong stance against this moblike behavior. Manifesters didn’t scream their anguish. Other newspapers spent more time explaining these free (as in beer) competitors were just tabloids that reprinted stories from press agencies (as if the incumbent media weren’t).
Credibility is apparently a foreign concept here in France, now more than ever.
(*) A communist syndicate.

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