Where’s that bucket and spade?

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?

Of bridges, viaducts, and other holidays

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

Also sprach Macron … und er sprach und sprach und sprach

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