Midnight tonight: France takes small steps away from lockdown As France’s total COVID-19 deaths reach 26,310 (16,573 in hospital and 9,737 in care/nursing homes; up 80 since the previous day), there is a painfully slow reduction each day in the numbers hospitalised: 22,614 in hospital (down 110) 2,812 in intensive care (down 56; on 8 April, at its peak, 7,148 were in i/c) All background … Continue reading ‘Gaul is a whole divided into three parts’ (J Caesar). France ‘est divisé en deux’ (Prime Minister E Philippe).
A sober Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, over 61 minutes, told France this afternoon what was to be the Governmental exit strategy from the current lockdown … six long weeks, to the day, since it began on 17 March. Philippe may have been feeling especially thoughtful after reading today’s social media. Further rumours were circulating about his limited career prospects. But what will surely have stung … Continue reading End lockdown on 11 May? All depends how YOU behave over the next 10 days.
Overwhelming understatement The Prime Minister continued: ‘Not at once and probably not for a long time … It will not be a return to a normal life.’ So, six days after President Macron announced his decision that 11 May should be the start of the beginning of the end of the first phase of lockdown, Prime Minister Philippe gave us a long lecture on how … Continue reading ‘Life after 11 May will not be exactly the same as before the lockdown.’ (Prime Minister Edouard Philippe)
French Prime Minister Phillipe’s decision (in agreement with President Macron, it was emphasised) to extend the lockdown by 2 weeks, until 15 April, showed us a politician perhaps not wholly guided by science. The Government’s Scientific Council had advised that the lockdown would ‘in all likelihood’ have to last ‘at least’ a further 3 weeks. The decision (perhaps thinking of our mental wellbeing?) may indicate … Continue reading Things will get much worse before they get a bit better
Elections, What Elections? The first round of the Municipal Elections were held yesterday throughout France, and right now no-one’s remotely interested in the results. With a record abstention rate of 55% (coronavirus and ennui combined for a perfect storm of disinterest in most places), little of substance can be discerned beyond: a near-uniform disaster for President Macron’s LaREM party – one of their most startling … Continue reading Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for …
… of gilets jaunes, President Macron, of pensions and of … [For rhyming purposes, the letter ‘o’ in Macron should have a straight line over it to indicate the long ‘o’. But no amount of playing with the Alt key and helpful sets of numbers produced anything like a line over the ‘o’ … and certainly not what I now know to be the ‘macron … Continue reading The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things …
The last thing I’d want to do is ‘promote’ an odious ultra-right magazine and its despicable libel. But there it was. Both Facebook and LinkedIn (NOT Twitter interestingly: it published the first image of Buchner) publicised the vile magazine, Valeurs Actuelles. Continue reading Spot the Real Revolutionaries (or Whose Revolution Is It Anyway?)
They had travelled 180km from their primary school to see a Regional Council meeting. Intended to help children think about democracy. What they saw was racism and bigotry. Continue reading The last of déjà vu: Secularism Wars (again)
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)