France’s experience of Covid-19 has been one of logistical public service highs and infantilising, bureaucratic lows.
Its springtime lockdown, one of the strictest in Europe, saved lives and protected overloaded hospitals, but also punished people for leaving home without the right authorisation form or for jogging at the wrong hour. The government fretted about panic-buying so much that even purchases of nicotine patches were restricted.
When Emmanuel Macron’s administration began loosening curbs in...
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