Postponement and Observation
Shortly after the London bomb blasts, an anchor on the French 24 hour cable news channel LCI noted that George W. Bush had in a recent speech stressed the need to combat terrorism. Turning to a French security expert who had been invited onto the program to comment upon the unfolding events, he asked: "In effect, the President of the United States is right, isn't he?"
It is exceedingly rare to hear such words on French television. It is sad - and highly revealing of the mix of negationism and apologetics that reigns in the French media with respect to the terrorist threat - that it should require tragic events like today's attacks to elicit them. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the French media will tend to follow the instinctively, I dare say, human reaction of this one newsman - and not rather, as according to the ingrained habits, tend somehow or another to minimize or relativize the events: to blame Bush, blame Blair, blame the victims.
We'll no doubt have some first indices by tomorrow...