Just when you thought that President Hollande’s popularity ratings could not sink any lower, along comes a golden opportunity for him to show some backbone, integrity and moral leadership; to restore sagging French pride and behave honourably. I am of course talking about Israel’s savage and spiteful aggression in Gaza. So what does Hollande do? Three weeks ago he issued a statement to express France’s solidarity with Israel in the face of rocket attacks from Gaza. He reminded Netanyahu that France firmly condemns these attacks and that it is up to the Israeli government to take all the necessary measures to protect its population from these threats. The following day he expressed “regret” at civilian casualties and recommended restraint. Since then silence. At long…