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Satire, ridicule and an excess of indignation.Emmanuel Macron should beware double standards

 

On his working holiday at the Fort de Bregancon, the splendid Mediterranean retreat of French heads of state, Emmanuel Macron may be focusing some thought on a winning strategy for next year’s presidential elections.

But a revival of intense debate about the extent and limits of a key pillar of the French republican ideal – freedom – also deserves his attention.

Mr Macron, fighting to keep Covid-19 under control amid rising infection rates, especially in coastal areas popular with tourists, has thrust himself to the heart of the discussion.

At play are the competing demands of individual liberty and collective responsibility, leading to more than a suspicion of double standards on how far the freedom of expression should reasonably go.

 

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