Thursday, March 10, 2011

Les classes populaires

The other day I wrote "les classes populaires, comme on dit." I left the term in French because it has no equivalent in English. It ought to. As Bernard Girard explains here, it is not synonymous with "workers." He goes on to say a lot more that's worth knowing in response to Nicolas Demorand's editorial in Libé berating the Left for failing to find the magic formula to appeal to this group, which in Bernard's view should really be analyzed as three groups. Read him.

1 comment:

Mr Punch said...

Oddly, the usage of term (and Girard's explication) track quite closely with that of "middle class" by the aspirants for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2008 campaign.