FRANCE AND THE IRRATIONAL

Firstly, the political class as elsewhere is a sorry bunch. I knew that far from dealing with the crisis they would find themselves led by it to some other issue. Secondly, I thought of Proust’s mother, a rightly active supporter of Dreyfus who in private, regretting his dismal character, sighed,

FRANCE AND THE RATIONAL

Some have expressed confusion over my approaching the French moral crisis using mythology and metaphor.

Ezra Pound ironically voices that view in Canto 87 when he says:

‘Remove the mythologies before they establish clean values.’