"The new attitudes toward the Roma in France began on July 30, when President Nicolas Sarkozy decided that it was time to make life even more difficult for the ethnic group. On that Friday, Sarkozy gave a 33-minute speech in the Grenoble Prefecture, and after that the Republic was a changed place—or, as Sarkozy's sharpest critics said afterwards, the Republic ceased to exist. Sarkozy hadn't come to Grenoble to talk about a major pension reform that will make things very difficult for the president and his administration this autumn..."