While I agree that my take on punctuation is informed by the  French culture where there is zero flexibility in the matter, I do believe that British people have taken on an equally extreme stance, with little or no commas at all. When proofreading reports and articles in my previous job, I often struggled to understand the sentences I was reading, because of the lack of proper punctuation, i.e. of signposts. And, since I couldn’t help myself, I would sneakily add some here and there! Hearing the New Yorker’s editor’s take on punctuation made me a laugh (and feel less alone…)

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