Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Le Boulanger, La Boulangère, et le Mitron

Those who know their French revolutionary history will appreciate this story (and will catch the allusion in the title of this post). It seems that the boss of Les Boulangeries Paul is the father of the boss of La Maison Ladurée, the home of the chic (and expensive) macarons that one takes as gifts to the hosts of Parisian dîners en ville. Father and son do not see eye to eye on politics, the dad being an outspoken Fillon supporter and the son not. Hence;

« Le président de la Maison Ladurée ne s’associe en aucun cas à l’annonce politique faite ce matin par M. Francis Holder. » Dans la grande maison des macarons, le message est clair : « La Maison Ladurée respecte la liberté de penser de l’ensemble de ses collaborateurs, qu’elle soit politique ou religieuse. Cela relève de la sphère privée. »

Mom stands with her boy and not with her husband.

Mélenchon on RTL This Morning

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, latecomer to the tête de peloton, was on RTL this morning and acquitted himself admirably. This is the setting in which I find him most effective: not alone on the platform, in the flesh or in hologram, but with a decent sparring partner whose blows he can duck and return with a flurry of punches. JLM's great gift, compared with his rivals, is that he can actually think on his feet. He seems to converse rather than return prepared talking points, and his language is rich even when improvised. Agree or disagree with him on the issues--and I emphatically disagree on many--he comes across as a thoughtful human being, not an automaton. That already puts him streets ahead of the others. Alas.

The Politics of Memory

Regarding Marine Le Pen's statement about the Vél' d'Hiv', please read Henry Rousso, THE expert on the politics of memory.