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!
The President was a-changing … now, at last, his first press conference. Continue reading The yellow vest is mightier than the trade union membership card
‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ Long before Lenny Kravitz beautifully warbled it, baseballer ‘Yogi’ Berra coined it. Continue reading ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’
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 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?