The French are more miserable than at any time since records began, a new survey has revealed.Of course, Nicolas Sarkozy is doing his level best to lift them out of their doldrums, but I suspect having languished in an unproductive socialist system for so many years has had a deleterious effect.
Soaring inflation, unemployment and widespread dissatisfaction with their daily lives have plunged the nation to historic low of gloominess, researchers found.
The study into happiness levels in French households showed that on a scale of plus 100 points for "total contentment" to minus 100 for "utter misery", the average French man and woman scored "minus 37".
It could be worse. They could be angry leftwing bloggers.