This week-end, I went to Dax in the south-west of France to attend two meetings of the Cercle Frédéric Bastiat, a yearly conseil d'administration and a trimestrial dinner-debate. The debate was an "update" about american major events, particularly with respect to intervention in Iraq. Nothing new if you know about neo-conservative politics [insert links here], but things mostly unknown in France -- conspicuously ignored, deformed, censored or diabolized by almost all mass-media. Which mostly prevents any kind of rational debate for or against such politics. In our daily two minutes of hate, the enemy is double plus ungood oldthinkers from overseas.
In other news, there isn't so much that can be done while taking the train (or waiting for it to arrive). That's why I have substanitally advanced my otherwise mostly stalled reading list during my trip from the east-north-east to the south-west of France and back; see the next article.