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I'm A Francophile, And Here's One of Many Reasons Why [Oct. 19th, 2010|11:52 am]
Tony Grist
Because they don't take it lying down.

Most of us are glooming around, going, "Well, you've got to understand these are difficult times" and accepting whatever shit the boss class deigns to hand down to us, but not the French, the French have taken to the streets.

It may not do them any good but c'est magnifique.

Vive la revolution!

[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2010-10-19 11:37 am (UTC)
To the French, protest is an art form and it can be most interesting to watch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-19 11:39 am (UTC)
I have vivid memories of '68. I was in Neuchatel- and watching the newsreels of what was happening in Paris being shown in the cinemas. Stirring times!
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2010-10-19 12:35 pm (UTC)
I have always admired the French for that. Especially during the last 30 years of globalization/reaganization/thatcherization/etc
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-19 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, they've stood out against the historical trend. They haven't become servile.

I hope they unseat Sarkozy.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-10-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
I think they are economically and politically out of their minds. And a friend of mine who lives in rural Brittany really should be a blogger because she is very funny about village life and the French education system. But in general lifestyle terms, there's a lot to admire - wine, food, weather, scenery, very cheap old houses for Brits to do up...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-19 08:02 pm (UTC)
And don't forget the movies. The French have always made excellent movies....
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2010-10-20 10:05 am (UTC)
Ambrose Bierce described the revolution as the skeleton in France's closet, which they take out and rattle at anyone attempting to foment law and order. I love them for it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-21 04:59 pm (UTC)
I read Simon Schama's book about the Revolution earlier this year. It's a very good book in many ways, but I don't think he quite grasps how thrilling it was to live through- and how potent it continues to be in the imagination of the world. He thinks the Revolution changed very little. I think he's wrong. I think it changed everything. The Revolution- the myth of the Revolution- is France's greatest gift to the world.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2010-10-23 01:43 pm (UTC)
Amen. Made those in control shake just to have the bones rattled at them.
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