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After the French 9/11, Le Patriot Act

After the French 9/11, Le Patriot Act

LYON, France — The visible signs of change here at the merciful close of France's annus horribilis are subtle to the American eye. Travelers arriving by air from other European countries no longer encounter an automatic “hurry along” at the passport booth. More tricolors than usual are draped across apartment buildings. The rifle-gripping soldiers walking slowly through the shopping promenades look decidedly alert and grim.

Oh, and the prime minister announced last week that he wants to rewrite the constitution to fight terrorism.

Those Americans who wish that the United States had acted a bit more Gallic in the mad aftermath of Sept. 11 may want to track...