The thorniest issue before the French, living as they are in a polyglot and multiracial world, is to find ways of ushering a more peaceful life of coexistence. I agree with the French policy that the face not be covered for reasons of masquerading. But if they bring their cultural restrictions to the beach they must not be blind to the rise of intense radicalisation as its natural consequence. It’s obligatory on both to bend and adjust. And it doesn’t come with the right to perpetrate violence or with the outpouring of a narrative on how “we are good” and “they are evil”.