The Bosses’ Boss Unlike many countries, the person who heads up the largest employers’ federation is a near-national figure. The election of the person who is to lead the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) is followed closely by the heavyweight newspapers. MEDEF gets nearly a third of its €38 million budget from The State as payment for its participation, along with trade unions, in such activities … Continue reading Where’s that bucket and spade?
Jupiter has, from time to time, been much more down to earth (literally and metaphorically). The President’s choice of cruder language has been held to demonstrate his difficulties in communicating with working people. Continue reading Words, words, words
What’s their analysis for how France should remain France? No prizes. The predictable stuff that Any Hard Right Party would propose as it continues trying to win back those who wandered Further-Rightwards into the Front National. Continue reading This should get me some more bot friends
My blog appears to be of greater interest to machines than people. Depressing. Continue reading Rage against the machines
99 Macronite Deputies found better things to do late that Sunday night than vote for their own Government … A perhaps simpler explanation was offered by Martine Wonner (LRM Deputy, Bas-Rhin): ‘Certain people suddenly had to go for a pee’. Continue reading More and more ‘Reform’
A favourite song with ‘Holiday’ in the title France’s 11 national public holidays (jours fériés) each year is a bit over the European average. But since any French public holiday falling on a Saturday/Sunday is lost – and not ‘transferred’ (as in many countries) to the next working day – life isn’t quite so different (public-holiday-wise) to most neighbours. However a long-standing tradition (for those … Continue reading Of bridges, viaducts, and other holidays
‘Breaking a McDonald’s window is not a revolutionary act’ (Mélenchon) Continue reading 7 May 2018: one year down, four to go
“When the aging gorilla is confronted with the much more virile, new alpha-male, he shows submissiveness by grooming the alpha-male, but the gesture is actually a vain attempt by the old gorilla to humiliate his much younger rival.” Jane Goodall Thanks to hugely enjoyable Mrs Betty Bowers. Continue reading AgingGorillagate
Each interviewer, tieless, adopted a strictly non-hierarchical approach to the President. Never addressed as ‘Monsieur le President’ (except for the intro), he was but ‘Emmanuel Macron’. A fair bit of interviewing time was also spent on being oh-so-‘Anglo-Saxon’ by constantly interrupting the President and each other. Continue reading Also sprach Macron … und er sprach und sprach und sprach
As if Emmanuel Macron didn’t have enough Augeanesque stables to be getting on with, what exactly made him decide that Curbing The Cheminots (the railway workers) and their century-old special status should be his singular self-imposed Herculean task? Continue reading Herculean Task? Titanic Struggle?