While leaders of most nations give their young people messages of hope, France's socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls passed on one of hopelessness.
Only a couple of weeks after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and at time when the shaken people of France needed to be reassured, especially about the effectiveness of the state's efforts to protect them, Valls admitted his socialist government is powerless to stop Islamist terrorist attacks. The occasion for this Churchillian moment was Valls's appearance before an audience of high school students in Seine-et-Marne in late January.
"French youth will have to get used to living with the threat of attacks for a long period of time," Valls said, apparently not recognizing the enormity of what he was saying. "Your generation, your age class must accustom itself to living with this danger for a number of years."