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A friend from my youth in Paris, David Aladjem, a sharp-tongued fellow, used to bring me up to date on French expressions that I couldn’t possibly have heard of here. One of them was the epithet “soixante huitard retarde” ‏(something like “retarded child of ‘68”‏). It is used to connote naive and/or foolish, do-gooder French leftists who, even years later, in their...