Since SKY have stopped TV5 Monde, I have to say that I have not looked at french news as much as I used to. So thanks for the reminder.
This article caught my eye:
So people who move to France with the benefit of S1's for medical care are privileged in comparison to french people. As most french people always pay into the system, even as retirees.
I have seen France in some right messes. I think that the most frightening times for me were when Pasqua was the Interior Minister...... he was ruthless.
If it is a mess now, to your knowledge, have any tv programs been stopped during air time and then cancelled??? Wish I could remember what one in particular was called, but I was watching and demonstrating students were being interviewed and then a blank screen and cancelled. That tv info program was on every week and then I didn't see the journalist on air for several years after that. Censorship was often used in my early days in France in the 1980's, technical faults when the screen went blank, and the reporting never to be seen again. As my friends used to say.....'c'est comme ca' and shrug.
I don't think that France is any worse, as wooly says, it has always been on the edge, on the verge of things.
ALBF, daresay your kids are too young as yet, but if your kids end up like mine and wanting to change the world, then wait till they start going to manifs.......... mine were never beaten up by the Companie Republicaines de Securite, but they had friends who were. I was always relieved when they got home.