Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The initial reaction of misguided Républicains party leader, Wauquiez, was to describe the result as ‘not meeting the expectations raised by their campaign’. After all, expectations must surely have been relatively high for a party list led by a Eurosceptic Catholic philosophy teacher whose previous campaigns were largely confined to opposition to same-sex marriage. Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

It’s Euro-Election time!

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!

‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.’ (Victor Hugo)

‘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)

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’!

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’!

Struggling to come up with a title

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