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Look up from the gardening

“France, busily cultivating its garden, has belatedly discovered that there’s a poisonous snake in the grass.” Salman Rushdie provides an interesting perspective on the French elections. “The French way of life is still among the world’s most desirable and, yes, most civilized. But this comfortable continuity has bred some dangerous illusions, notably on the left.”

I didn’t realise that when Rushdie was in hiding because of Ayatollah Khomenei’s fatwa, he wasn’t able to vote (apparently those of “unknown address” can’t register to vote in the UK). “”he loss of my right to vote was one of the privations I felt most keenly.”

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