23 April: A step towards mithridatism in French society?

Mithridatism is the technique of ingesting increasingly large doses of a toxin in order to develop a certain level of immunity or resistance. The practice is directly inspired by King Mithridates VI who, according to the legend, became immune to certain poisons by self-administering them in small doses. When Jean Marie Le Pen made it to the second round of the French presidential elections on 21 April 2002, the ensuing shockwave was so great that the political class and citizens alike took to the streets to express their dismay, sometimes fear, and above all rejection of a vote which, at […]

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