The country's treatment of the US student shows its growing unpredictability.
"A portion of the left is about to make a historic mistake," the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy told the New Statesman.
Of the Brexit ministers, one will steer us towards disaster, one will try to sell the ship, and a third who you can never quite be sure wasn’t on the iceberg’s side in the first place.
There is a reason why so many conmen get away with it: their victims don’t want to admit to themselves, let alone to others, that they were taken in.
There is a ceasefire, in name only, agreed by all parties, including Russia. But it is not enforced
The Republic may well be secular – yet when the results of the first round came in that evening, many electors must have offered up a prayer in gratitude.
"Epa, Epa, Eeeepaaaaa" – Grampa Simpson.
While the candidates of the main left and right parties have endorsed the centrist from nowhere, others have held back.
From the Middle East to North Korea, Donald Trump is reasserting US military strength and intensifying the rivalry among the great powers.
The centrist is not the first to succeed from outside the traditional parties in the Fifth Republic.
Whoever leads the country after this conflict comes to an end will inherit not just the rubble and ruins, but a ravaged people, too.