SIMON KUPER: New politics needed for France’s revolution of tattoos and veganism, and elites embracing English
The country is not what it used to be, and divisions are showing up in the polls
The French traditionally didn’t get tattoos, partly because the church frowned on the practice. But there’s been a massive recent shift: a quarter of under-35s have tattoos compared with 1% of over-65s, according to pollsters Ifop. The working-class young are the most decorated.
Since moving to France in 2002, I’ve watched the country complete a cultural revolution. Catholicism has almost died out (only 6% of French people now habitually attend mass), though not as thoroughly as its longtime rival “church”, communism. The non-white population has kept growing...