Emmanuel Macron knew, when he made his TV address, that promises of A Brighter Tomorrow wouldn’t assuage the anger. So he offered both bread (some €10bn worth) and some circuses. Continue reading The Great Debate(r)
In under two weeks, a deeply-indifferent France will finally arrive at the moment not too many care about. The 9th set of Euro-Elections for the little-loved European Parliament. Few, excepting those directly involved, ever get really excited by Euro-Elections. However, pollsters Ifop-Fiducial say half the electorate declare themselves ‘interested’, with 20% having ‘lots’ of interest. Really? Maybe ‘academic’ interest? Polls consistently tell us that barely 40% … Continue reading It’s Euro-Election time!
The President was a-changing … now, at last, his first press conference. Continue reading The yellow vest is mightier than the trade union membership card
‘On the crest of the highest gallery, higher than the central rose window, there was a great flame rising between the two towers with whirlwinds of sparks, a vast, disordered, and furious flame, a tongue of which was borne into the smoke by the wind, from time to time.’ (Victor Hugo) Continue reading ‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.’ (Victor Hugo)
‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ Long before Lenny Kravitz beautifully warbled it, baseballer ‘Yogi’ Berra coined it. Continue reading ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’
President Macron, last week, wrote a high-flown (only occasionally hyperbolic) appeal, addressed to ‘Citizens of Europe’ Continue reading For anglophones it’s ‘European renewal’. For germanophones a ‘Fresh start for Europe’. But for the French, Italians and Spanish, nothing less will do than a ‘European Renaissance’!
Internal gilets jaunes struggles Saturday’s regular noises of violence from the weekly gilets jaunes gatherings are fading somewhat, even if the gilets jaunes themselves are not. Recently, the number of those out demonstrating (according to France’s Interior Ministry) had dropped week on week. Except last Saturday, when numbers were up on the preceding week. 46,600 demonstrated. The previous week it was 41,500. (As ever, the gilets jaunes themselves claim … Continue reading Struggling to come up with a title
‘The bitch that bore him is in heat again’ or ‘Le ventre est encore fécond d’où a surgi la bête immonde.’ (Brecht, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’) Continue reading ‘The bitch that bore him is in heat again’ or ‘Le ventre est encore fécond d’où a surgi la bête immonde.’ (Brecht, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’)
Act XII of The Events (2 February) was dedicated to the more than 1,900 demonstrators and bystanders injured since mid-November, with over a hundred seriously injured. Many of those injured participated in a ‘Great March of the Wounded’ Continue reading Six Shades of Yellow (and counting) … with just a hint of Red
When he’s the go-getting entrepreneur, he urges his supporters to be disruptifs, speaks of building une ‘start up nation’ while saying that ‘la démocratie est le système le plus bottom up de la terre’. Down with the entrepreneurial kids all right. Continue reading ‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding