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France is in a bad place. An important section of the working class, represented by the gilet-jaunes street gangs, has become totally alienated from the government. Not everyone supports them, especially the violence they have unleashed. But millions of ordinary French men and women, who feel poorer and less listened to than they they are used to, seem ready to look the other way when the police are attacked or businesses are broken into and looted.
President Macron, who just six months ago could plausibly present himself as the saviour of his country, ready to introduce the sort of economic and social reforms that his predecessors baulked at, has been reduced to almost total impotence, out of touch and, effectively, out of power.
He may recover.