The French political class is not that different from ours. It nurtures incestuous ties with financiers, is enamoured with what Tariq Ali terms ‘extreme centre’ policies, surfs on racial tensions for political gain, has cultivated an elitist mindset which has ostracised the majority of people and is highly sensitive when it comes to its privileges. Recently, Lyon’s Mayor Gerard Collomb, a prominent supporter of Macron, complained about having his salary decreased to 4000 Euros as a result of his high absenteeism level at the Senate. This is akin to the kind of tactless utterance which we have witnessed locally with pearls such as “We are being given, as Opposition Whip, a poor BMW.”