France is having a rather tough day: HuffPo reports that not only did Afghan terrorists plant bombs in a popular Paris department store, but apparantly there was also an assassination attempt on President Sarkozy. Thankfully neither incident was particularly effective: the bombs were apparantly duds and the would-be assassin was stopped at the gates of the Elysee Palace. Of course the nerves of the French public are probbaly well and rattled, and especially in the wake of Mumbai serves as an unpleasant reminder of the extent to which we live in a dangeorus world.