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)
‘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
‘The majority of people live in this ‘Peripheral’ France, invisible and forgotten. In these areas a counter-society is beginning to form, from the bottom up. It’s slowly breaking away from the politics and culture of yesterday’s France’ (Guilluy) Continue reading Round round go around, we go around. Go around round round, we go around.
Act III of the tragedy, hard to see its farcical side, played out on 1 December with some of the most aggressive displays of nihilistic anger ever seen on Paris streets. Continue reading ‘History repeats … first as tragedy then as farce’ (Marx – ’18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon’)