In signing a decree that does not stop him from smoking cigars in the Palais Elysee' Nicolas The Short has done more that drive more Frenchmen into the cold than Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. He may have driven the world over the brink of global warming.
This attack on Liberte' , unsanctioned by voters, will drive millions to buy two thousand watt outdoor heaters in the interest of doceur de vivre.
Naturellement, the rest of the fashionable world will buy hundreds of millions more , not realizing the lack of nuclear electricity to run them. The ensuing run on current - some hundred of gigawatts, will accelerate the construction of as many massive coal fired power stations, collectively releasing untold megatons of CO2, transmuting the use of a renewable resource, tobacco , into wholesale fossil fuel demand.
It is time for the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace to intervene on the ground by tranquilizing a few hundred of the most ferocious anti-smoking Jacobins in UNESCO's Paris Headquarters, and transferring them into safe custody in the bear houses of major European zoos. Such timely action could save the Arctic species from extinction, or worse, exploitation in the Coca Cola ads that have inspired so many impressionable and geographically challenged junior bears to defalcate to Antarctica to feast on penguin pate' and baby seals.