Thursday, July 14, 2011

Raining on the Parade

Eva Joly doesn't like the Bastille Day parade:

"J'ai rêvé que nous puissions remplacer ce défilé (militaire) par un défilé citoyen où nous verrions les enfants des écoles, où nous verrions les étudiants, où nous verrions aussi les seniors défiler dans le bonheur d'être ensemble, de fêter les valeurs qui nous réunissent", a déclaré Mme Joly à l'AFP, en marge d'un rassemblement pour les valeurs de la République.
Yeah, well, I'm kinda with you on that, Eva, but when you're running to be commander-in-chief, it's probably better to keep such sentiments to yourself. Will this be Eva's bravitude moment?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

terribly sorry, Arthur, but this declaration is spot on - the fact that these military parades are still being held as if we're living at the end of the 19th century is another sign of backwardness. More so when we're living in a European union that doesn't know where it's going to end up going next ...

FrédéricLN said...

Well, in the 19th or most of the 20th century, many kinds of people did parade indeed. And walk "au pas cadencé". The spirit of '68 made ordinary people fly away from such organized, group moves with their possibly-totalitarian smell.

Aren't these fears away? (for the best or not…)

I attended a "défilé de la fête de l'Indépendance", in Ziguinchor (Senegal), which look quite like what Eva Joly means here. Does the Army really want to stay alone?

Christopher said...

For one day each year the military takes center stage in France, as an institution that guarantees French relevance in the world this is hardly excessive or backwards.

As to your point Art about the politics of it, the french would seem to agree.

http://lignesdedefense.blogs.ouest-france.fr/archive/2011/07/12/la-dicod-diffuse-les-onze-chiffres-cles-de-la-defense.html

Mitch Guthman said...

I wonder whether Eva Joly has ever read the words of La Marseillaise or perhaps she wants a new national anthem, too?

DavidinParis said...

Even though I find the display of military hardware a bit oppressive, all the officers dressed up in their turn of the century garb is rather cute. This stated, the historical irony of students, mothers with children and other such notions was that this was the 'bread and butter' of displays of solidarity with the NAZI party in Germany of the 30's. I guess a barbecue in the back yard is more fitting. Or perhaps a big feast of tête de veau (to remember the years of terror folloiwing the revolution)?

Massilian said...

I didn't have quite the same dream as Eva J., but I agree that the military parade is a ripoff and the symbol of the 14th of july should be more "civil". I posted my view here : http://www.chasseurdemots.fr/boojumism/2011/07/je-suis-un-patriote-civil/

Anonymous said...

I'm with Eva Joly here. In fact, when I think "parade" and "missiles/tanks", I think of the defunct Soviet Union. I'm fine with the military wearing their dress uniforms but school bands and kids and civilians deserving recognition should also be in the parade.
(Myos)

Anonymous said...

http://www.observatoire-des-sondages.org/Primaires-ecologistes-fausse.html

Mir said...

Well recognition is good thing for anybody.

It is the one day of the year when you see the military, and a way to say to them: what you do for us is meaningful, keep up the good work.

The parade may evolve certainly, adding other groups could be interesting, but I could see no way to remove the army of it completely without hurting them, and what good could come of it?