Only a fool or an all-in Macron loyalist (of whom there are few these days) could fail to see that France is going through the hardest of hard times. If this was 1789, it would be time to double the guard at the Bastille.

It’s not just Covid, though that is bad enough – at least as bad as in the UK, with all the attendant fallout, social, economic and political. There is also the Islamist crisis, which shows no sign of being brought under control. Murderous Jihadis appear to thrive in every corner of la grande patrie, and attempts to rein them in and to refashion Muslim observance within the civilised constraints of laïcité have so far only served to make the problem worse.