In the end, it is not hard being an optimist, even about France. Here is another reason why. This is the young French woman--some say the new Joan of Arc--who has been leading an uprising, as it were, against the French unions that have crippled the country and the French Left in general. Here is a report on her visit to England, where she is called "France’s Lady Thatcher." I hope it might be said of her, as Prospero says of Miranda to Ferdinand: "Thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise."