This war has thrown people into some strange ‘alliances’. Pro-Iraq democracy lefties find themselves mocked for being in the same camp as George Bush, while the Trots and the racist British National Party are joined in opposition to the war. Of course there is no suggestion that the SWP and the BNP are actually formally in an alliance – the BNP have kept their heads down on anti-war demos and the Trots prefer Islamists as their official partners.

Some of us have been pointing out for a while the dangers involved in the ultra-lefts flirtations with anti-semitic religious bigots and it seems that in France those dangers are now being realised. If you flirt with anti-semitism, no matter how much you may protest that it should be called ‘anti-zionism’ you are going to end up attracting anti-semites to your cause.