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France’s ‘Art of Insurrection’ Perplexes Macron

Historian Thomas Carlyle, chronicler of the epoch-shattering French Revolution, thought the French were unrivaled practitioners of the “art of insurrection,” characterizing “the French mob among the liveliest phenomena of our world.” Mobs in other countries by comparison, he argued, were “dull masses” lacking audacity and inventiveness. French President Emmanuel Macron is now facing the latest iteration of the “French mob” — in this case "gilets jaunes," or "yellow...

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