Anger is a Dish Best Served in the Street

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The last weekend of August marked the transition from the summer break months to back-to-business September. Those two days were strange and brought out very different groups of people crossing paths: families coming back from holidays, students celebrating the beginning of the upcoming school year (booze included), political parties with an agenda… and yes, protesters.

On Thursday night, the neighbours downstairs started partying at 2 a.m. and we spent several hours arguing with them, telling them to calm the fuck down, and attempting to sleep. This was just the beginning of a noisy weekend. On Saturday, I couldn’t even figure out who was shouting the loudest in the street—and why. I saw a bunch of people with a Breton flag screaming “Bretons are fags!” (??), angry animal rights activists (something to do with dolphins) and other unidentified groups of protesters.

On Sunday, I realized that there must have been a big demonstration against the Socialist Party, currently in power, when I noticed the many new graffitis and broken windows.

The Socialist Party fell out of favour with most left-wing taxpayers with the controversial labour code reform tabled in the spring. The Party’s worst enemy is currently its own electorate, as many complain that its policy is more liberal than the opposition’s, the right-wing Les Républicains. Basically, the left-wing party has a right-wing agenda. Merde, eh?

A new president will be elected next spring and the race is just starting. Both right-wing and left-wing parties are looking for a strong leader but they have yet to find the right person. Sarkozy, the former president, just announced he was running again. I hope French remember he really sucks. The usual suspects will be running too, dozens of candidates so far, names that have associated with the words “candidate”, “minister”, “politics” and occasionally “scandals” for years, decades even. Can we have new blood, please?

I don’t know yet who I will be voting for. The most far-left party, for sure. I don’t trust the Socialists either and I still believe we can make the world a better place.

I won’t be breaking windows, though. Promise.

Sticker against the proposed labour code reform, the "Labour Code" becomes the "Code of Capitalism"

Sticker against the proposed labour code reform, the “Labour Code” becomes the “Code of Capitalism”

"RIP Socialist Party", graffiti on a store window Rue de la Marne

“RIP Socialist Party”, graffiti on a store window Rue de la Marne

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

Broken windows at the Galeries Lafayette

"And the rose faded..." (the red rose is the symbol of the French Socialist Party)

“And the rose faded…” (the red rose is the symbol of the French Socialist Party)

"Anti-capitalism", graffiti on a store window

“Anti-capitalism”, graffiti on a store window

Cover of L'Express, a news magazine, with headlines on the Socialist Party. Hitler mustache added during the protest...

Cover of L’Express, a news magazine, with headlines on the Socialist Party. Hitler mustache added during the protest…

Graffiti: "Socialist Party is dead", "Valls - French PM - fucking die", "Establishment, fucking die"

Graffiti: “Socialist Party is dead”, “Valls – French PM – fucking die”, “Establishment, fucking die”

"Socialist Party - Traitor"

“Socialist Party – Traitor”

No to the Socialist Party

No to the Socialist Party

"Die, establishment"

“Die, establishment”

Anarchy graffiti at Commerce

Anarchy graffiti at Commerce

Posters announcing the protest

Posters announcing the protest

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

6 Comments

  1. It’s crazy to think that Sarkozy is running again even though is under inquest ! I might be able to vote next spring, but I strongly dislike all candidates … I might not vote!

    • I know, I think it’s really too soon for Sarkozy (not that I want him to come back ever, but you know what I mean…). Voter blanc is always an option! I did it a few times.

  2. same old thing happens world-wide! I wonder why the the oldies still demanding political power! give the younger politician a room please!

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