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 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.
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
He has now shown himself as an unpleasant bullyboy and blowhard Continue reading Furiously pompous man goes ballistic. No-one seriously hurt (only himself).
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?
Jupiter has, from time to time, been much more down to earth (literally and metaphorically). The President’s choice of cruder language has been held to demonstrate his difficulties in communicating with working people. Continue reading Words, words, words
‘Breaking a McDonald’s window is not a revolutionary act’ (Mélenchon) Continue reading 7 May 2018: one year down, four to go
Each interviewer, tieless, adopted a strictly non-hierarchical approach to the President. Never addressed as ‘Monsieur le President’ (except for the intro), he was but ‘Emmanuel Macron’. A fair bit of interviewing time was also spent on being oh-so-‘Anglo-Saxon’ by constantly interrupting the President and each other. Continue reading Also sprach Macron … und er sprach und sprach und sprach
As if Emmanuel Macron didn’t have enough Augeanesque stables to be getting on with, what exactly made him decide that Curbing The Cheminots (the railway workers) and their century-old special status should be his singular self-imposed Herculean task? Continue reading Herculean Task? Titanic Struggle?
‘The Army should run the country’. One in seven believe that would be Good. Only half those questioned think military rule is Very Bad. While 6% are Don’t Knows. Really? Can anyone not have an opinion? Continue reading Sure. It takes all sorts. But some of this is dispiriting