Our Progressive Totalitatian golfer is probably aware of this. You should be, too.
Revolutions are often sparked by an unexpected shock to an already
weakened regime. As commentators in France remark not only on the crisis
engulfing François Hollande’s government but also on the apparent
death-rattle of the country’s entire political system, it could be that
his flagship policy of legalising gay marriage — or rather, the gigantic
public reaction against it, unique in Europe — will be the last straw
that breaks the Fifth -Republic’s back.
Opposition to the bill has electrified the middle classes, the young
and much of provincial France. On Sunday 24 March, in the freezing cold,
the 4km stretch from the Arche de la Défense to the Arc de Triomphe was
full of people protesting against the bill. On 13 January, also chilly,
the Champ de Mars was similarly crammed. When Johnny Hallyday or the
World Cup got crowds like that, people talked of two million. But the
police, evidently acting under political orders, have claimed that both
demonstrations — which are without doubt the largest public movements in
French history — garnered a few hundred thousand at most. Credible
accusations surfaced in Le Figaro on Monday night that the film
taken from police helicopters on 24 March and released by the Prefecture
has been manipulated to reduce the apparent numbers of demonstrators....
According to the article, the usual police-state tactics were used to 'clean up' the crowds. That didn't help his ratings:
...Hollande’s catastrophic poll rating has broken all records. When in
March he became the most unpopular president after ten months in office,
his rating stood at 31 per cent. Now it is 26 per cent.
Where's Obozo now? In the mid-40's?
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