Monday, May 24, 2010

Les Champs-Elysées from Hallowed to Unfallowed

The Champs-Élysées were transformed yesterday from hallowed field of heroes into an urban strip farm. Exactly what the point of this exercise was supposed to have been escapes me, but Parisians loved it, huge crowds engaged for a day in what Marx once disparaged as "rural idiocy," Bruno Le Maire made a speech, and a good deal of greenhouse gas was generated. Perhaps the French were deceived yet again into thinking that a nation of agrobusiness and Carrefours has somehow reverted to its former existence as a nation of peasants. Sarkozy isn't the only one who has learned the tricks of la société du spectacle.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Or perhaps the event was sponsored and organized by peasants themselves in order to explain to urban idiots that milk doesn't appear out of nowhere and that it's only fair for them to be paid for the work they do despite all the "purchasing power" crap we're served these days. Perhaps they decided to fight back, use communication for themselves and educate people. Perhaps everything big in this country doesn't come from its president, and perhaps everything he does (or let do) is not so stupid.

Anonymous said...

it was a holiday weekend. people had fun.
not everything needs interpretation...