We French know that we are basically ungovernable. There’s no hope for anyone whose policies contradict the deeply held beliefs of the average voter in this country. When it comes to welfare reform, for example, the French man in the street is happy to make the rich pay. But giving to the poor-well, that’s another story. Likewise with wine (and, indeed, French food in general). People want the best goods but not at prices that reflect their true market value.