Ambrose Brexit may soon be matched or eclipsed by crystallizing events in France
where the Long Slump is at last taking its political toll.
A democracy can endure deflation policies for only so long. The attrition has wasted the French centre-right and the centre-left by turns, and now threatens the Fifth Republic itself.
The former economy minister says France voted for a left-wing French manifesto four years ago and ended up with a "right-wing German policy regime".
Mr Sarkozy skirts this elemental issue. His shock manifesto demands the end of EU legal primacy over French law and a repeal of the Lisbon Treaty,
the same treaty that he rammed through the French parliament by party whip after it had it had already been rejected by French voters in a referendum - in its earlier guise as the European Constitution.