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.
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)
‘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 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).
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]