One needs to think carefully before agreeing with the French, but when it comes to the vexed question of whether Turkey is ready to join the EU, they may have a point.
Today we read that Istanbul's urban planning department has banned billboard advertisements for bikinis, saying:
"The photographs were not up to EU standards and could cause car accidents"
Do they understand nothing? A bikini ad meeting EU standards is guaranteed to cause car accidents, and indeed a whole range of minor industrial and domestic mishaps. What will they think when they are forced to import French body-lotion posters?
Clearly, they have a cultural mountain to climb.