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?
Strikes, strikes everywhere. Does this smell as though there’s a nostalgic 50th anniversary whiff of Revolution ’68 wafting through the air? Continue reading It’s been a tough few weeks in France
Unlike that infamous parrot, was the Socialist Party really just resting … A really bad weekend out of the office for Hard-Left Mélenchon Continue reading Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world (W.B. Yeats)
Wauquiez is the one with scarcely visible horns. He’s (ever-so-appropriately) on the far right … Continue reading A coming storm? Or just passing clouds?
Hell hath no fury like a Sarko scorned. ‘I demolished him … he’s crashed and burned’.
While Sarko said direct to Wauquiez: ‘You have ambitions to be President. If I were you I’d find another job’ Continue reading “He told us that what he said in public was sh*t” (Sarkozy on Wauquiez)