With the mercury soaring into never-ever-has-it-been-so-hot territory, France has slumped into a premature summer-break torpor. Continue reading Dog Day Afternoons (not forgetting mornings, evenings and nights)
Over France as a whole, Le Pen’s party finished first in 24,869 communes of a total of 34,921 communes. That’s 71%! Pause for worried reflection. Continue reading Small French Euro-Election earthquake. Several hurt (some profoundly). Few winners. An awful lot of losers.
Could turnout finally exceed a nearly respectable (and record for the Euro-Elections since 1994) 50%? Continue reading A near-continent holds its collective breath. Actually, something may be happening in France.
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!
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
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
THE VERY WEALTHIEST 1% WILL WALLOW IN MUCH INCREASED DISPOSABLE INCOME FROM WEALTH TAX ABOLITION. THEIR DISPOSABLE INCOME INCREASES BY SIX PER CENT Continue reading And this year’s lucky winners are … THE HYPER-RICH [and it’s true next year too]
There’d be a no-holds-barred reflection on how to tax inheritance, so as to fight against ‘increasing inequalities due to birth’. But it took just 72 hours for the Elysée to comment: oh no there won’t. ‘The President has formally excluded any change to inheritance rights during his term of office’. For any myopic who failed to see what was written clearly on the wall, the President was quoted as saying: ‘Stop messing with the pensioners … We’re not touching inheritance taxes as long as I’m here’. Continue reading Create a phrase using these words: Sinking/Leave/Ship/Rats?