Autumn, as it slowly gives way to winter, casting a mantle of mist over clear-thinking, is the traditional time for malcontents in France – maybe a third of the country – to launch into a season of grandly-styled manifs. In 2017-2018, we had the gilets-jaunes. In 2019, the rail workers. In both cases, with the “ultras” and anarchists pitching in, the result was smashed windows, burned out cars and injuries to both demonstrators and police officers.