My picture from a press conference in Toulon when MLP and I were both six years younger
Terrorism is not the only menace facing France. There is also the possibility of a far-right politician becoming the country's first female president. Or, having lived with the pain and guilt of collaboration with the Nazis and brutal attempts to resist Algerian independence, have the French learnt from a troubled past? This is my first serious look at the coming French elections* for The National, Abu Dhabi ...
In strange and confusing times, with disenchantment at successive governments aggravated by feelings of insecurity after terrorist attacks, looming elections threaten to produce a socially divisive outcome France may come to regret.
One essential question faces French voters: should they embrace the extraordinary political turmoil that has swept the West and elect Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration Front National, a party many see as racist, as their next president?