Declare your pigeon, monsieur, or else

Before the EU made all the rules, the French made all their own. They love rules so much, it’s almost pathological. It is September 1885 and Madame Defarge has been seen hanging around the pigeon loft… Can you envisage just how many civil servants were kept in work compiling and updating the record of the national battalion of carrier pigeons?

“Cher journal…Un pigeon d’un fermier auprès d’Avignon est mort, tué par le renard. Il me faut le noter.”


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