The contrast was striking. Monday, in the cloister of Mont-Saint-Michel open to the sea, Emmanuel Macron praised our civilization on the occasion of the thousand years of the abbey. He praised this art of being French made of transmission and surpassing, sedimentation of centuries and adaptation to tragedies. And then on Thursday, on the shores of Lake Annecy, the most cruel, gratuitous and monstrous barbarity arose in the form of a Syrian asylum seeker stabbing several young children. The criminal claimed Christianity, but there was as much connection between him and the faith of our fathers as between St. Michael and the dragon slashed at his feet.
Savagery is of all ages, and there is a mystery of evil that cannot be reduced to circumstances. That said, this tragedy in Annecy raises questions that politics and journalism must address: what was this rejected asylum seeker doing to wander in the...
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