|Nuit Debout, Place de la République|
|Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos|
If today he is widely seen as a failed president at home, he nevertheless has a strong record abroad.
In 2013, he was the only European leader to support an international military strike in Syria (which had to be aborted when the US and the UK backed out), and that same year, he led a successful military intervention against Al Qaida in Mali, where he maintains a military force to secure the Sahel region.
Whoot-whoot for the young techies!
As we suffer another nationwide railworkers' strike today with shutdowns or slowdowns on most regional and high-speed networks in France causing misery for commuters, it is good to look at the bright side and find reason for optimism.
Not easy for the French, who tend to see the glass as half empty.
But even if they may find pleasure in pouting, as someone has claimed, they will surely want to raise a toast to these recent commercial successes. So here's to France and its technological know-how - with a glass of wine that is half full.