The French nation today faces a stark and real choice, between realising the glorious past of French arms or succumbing to the legacy of defeat and defeatism left over from the six weeks of 1940. Will France say to its leaders and political elite – the Taliban have pissed on our soldiers’ graves and insulted our honour, we will fight – or, will the French clamour to retreat and leave the fighting to others?
There is no middle way here. Either France decides to fight and commits more troops to the battle, waving aside their former mistrust of the British and Americans; or France pulls out, does as defeatists like Simon Jenkins say and declare the war lost and tacitly admit that only Europeans and Americans are allowed to live as civilised beings.
The future lies before France; it is now she must choose glory or ignomy.