The BBC’s Caroline Wyatt continues monitoring French aromas. March 25:
The crisp early springtime air on the Left Bank is filled once more with the heady scent of revolution, black coffee and Gauloises.
And March 28:
As darkness fell at Place de La Republique, the acrid smell of tear gas drifted through the early evening air. It mingled with a distinct smell of cannabis …
She never mentions the scent of molten Peugeots, which might overwhelm even tear gas. The latest demonstrations, as always, didn’t end happily:
The festival atmosphere quickly darkened as a small group of troublemakers began to target trade union stewards trying to keep order on the march.
The atmosphere darkened? Someone needs racial-awareness training:
According to the riot police, many of these youths had come in from the suburbs outside Paris looking for trouble: this violence seen by some as a continuation in Paris city centre of what began in November’s riots in the suburbs …
On the worst of the housing estates, joblessness among the young, especially those whose families are of Arab or north African origin, is about 40%.
Proceed to the BBC Punishment Room, Ms Wyatt. CNN remains welded to political correctness:
CNN anchor Kyra Phillips said that images of protesters defiantly standing in front of the water cannons brought back memories of pro-democracy activists who stood in front of tanks during the 1989 pro-democracy rallies in Tiananmen Square.
Were she to emigrate, Kyra Phillips would even drag down French IQ ratings:
Germans are the most intelligent people in Europe, well ahead of the British (in eighth place) and the French (15th), according to a new study by Northern Ireland’s University of Ulster, The Times reported Monday. With an average intelligence quotient (IQ) of 107, a scintilla of brainpower above the Dutch who also scored 107, the Polish (106), the Swedish (104) and the Italians (102). They all came out better in the intelligence stakes than the British who rated an even 100 IQ according to the study, ahead of the Spanish (98) and the French (94) who could only comfort themselves by checking the study results for Bulgarians, Romanians, the Turkish and Serbians who languished at the bottom of the table on 89.