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’)
Anger about fuel prices segued effortlessly into taxes, the cost of living and the rigours of daily life outside France’s largest cities. Continue reading ‘They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.’ (J Conrad ‘Under Western Eyes’)
The gilets jaunes movement was boosted by the likes of Mme Mouraud, 51-year-old Breton mother of three. She’s had 6.1 million views of what she calls her Facebook ‘rant’. It’s not the Two Minutes Hate. More Four Minutes of Suppressed Anger. Continue reading Look Back (and forward) In Anger
The Urban(e) President Went To … The Country Emmanuel Macron’s self-described itinérance mémorielle (‘roaming remembrance’) finally reached its apotheosis yesterday, 11 September. But, as endless commentators quipped (variously plagiarised by l’Obs, MSN, BFMTV, FranceInfo, Huffington Post, La Dépêche du Nord, 20 Minutes, Le Parisien etc etc) Macron’s itinérance mémorielle was transformed into his chemin de croix [a painful, difficult journey – from the Catholic devotional act commemorating Christ’s Passion on the Via Crucis]. … Continue reading Even Remembrance is problematic
Pugnacious, gun-toting, semi-rags to semi-riches … it’s The Bodyguard Continue reading One of the President’s (ex-)Men
He has now shown himself as an unpleasant bullyboy and blowhard Continue reading Furiously pompous man goes ballistic. No-one seriously hurt (only himself).