An American observer comments on French politics.
but he walks, indeed!Quite a wonderful remake of the widespread T-shirt many Parisians love to wear: "J'aime rien, j'suis parisien" (this is an ad! http://www.remixline.com/9265-thickbox_default/tshirt-noir-rxl-paris-j-aime-rien-j-suis-parisien.jpg)
I would've inverted it and said (translated in English): I'm aware of the confusion and the hypocrisy of the situation, but I'm going to march all the same.
Yes actually! But that's Parisian, you know. The taste that has to remain when you've finished the lunch and are gone, is the bitterness of too strong coffee.From our small mountain of Argenteuil, five miles away from Paris, we gaze at such behaviors with bewildered incomprehension. But we are sure they got something that works, these Parisiens — and they went to march, in larger proportion more Argenteuillais, I fear.
The largest march/protest the small town nearby had ever seen was a rally to save the health center: 3,500 had come, which was considered amazing.Today: More than 10,000 people came. That's half the town's population.A lot rests on politicians now. I hope they do better than a remake of "war on terror", but speak coherently and seek in-depth answers. I don't know what those answers are, but I hope there'll be enough professionals willing to look for them without seeking a gain in image or vote.
I saw this man and his sign as I was marching. I also saw the exact way he dressed, which the photo does not render - the trendy shoes etc. - and, frankly, I just thought to myself, who is this smartaleck, so desperate to be noticed by the media - it worked very well, he ought to work in advertising - when we in the march were only interested in sending a message of brotherhood to the families who are mourning their martyrs and a message of defiance to the heads of the snakes who think they can scare us and are so wrong. Honest, I was not amused at all. But it takes all kinds, I guess.
There was one sign that read "Morts de Rire" (because "MDR" is the French for "LOL" but also means dead from laughing/dying from laughter?)There were lots of children.Lots of clapping, not as applause, but more as a sign of togetherness - the clapping going up and down the crowd, moving away or back like a wave of sound, transferred from hands to hands.
Sous la perruque, le chauve.
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