SO IS this the socialist version of the law of State? That's to say, certain of the state's representatives conduct themselves on national territory against their citizens as if they were at war with a foreign enemy. Political peripeteia can often conceal this fact. But it is important during this Corsican debacle - pitiful, ridiculous and lamentable - to keep in mind the affair's criminal side and its Mafia aspect. In France today people are using inadmissible methods in a state of law in order to reconstitute a state of law! That contradiction is insupportable.
RESPECT FOR laws of the state in Corsica hasn't really advanced in the past year. Respect has, in fact, regressed in quite a dramatic manner - something greeted with a certain joy by the dreadful people who are spoiling this French region. And the right is wrong to cackle in enjoyment: it is politics in general which is sullied by this republican scandal. Jospin has chosen to take refuge behind the law. He doesn't want to precede any judicial decisions but rather wants to accompany them. He intends to show himself as being respectful of legal procedure. However, by doing this he risks appearing as if he is submitting to and being overtaken by this crisis.