“La Rentrée” Is in The Air…

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One by one, all the small businesses that were closed in August are reopening their doors after the traditional “grandes vacances” break. Supermarket aisles are full of “back to school” specials and kids crying to get Transformer pencil cases or La reine des neiges backpacks. Politicals stickers and posters are back as well, commuters are queuing at the TAN to get their monthly pass, and summer construction projects are being completed.

Over the summer, French news mostly focused on innocuous seasonal topics—the Olympic Games in Rio, beach-goers in France, fun or original holiday destinations, local festivals, weather-related news, etc. Tired brains were on holidays. Like a Christmas truce, July and August are two months when tacitly, everyone agrees it isn’t the best time to tackled sensitive issues.

But la rentrée is coming, I can feel it. In September, it will be business as usual again. In tonight’s news, Rio’s highlights were a two-minute story. Once again, social issues and political campaigns are in the spotlight.

It should be a busy fall with many Western countries tackling big issues. The UK is probably still dealing with the Brexit aftermath, while French politicians are still trying to convince citizens a labour code reform is the right move to make. Apparently, the Parti Socialiste isn’t winning the battle, protests are already scheduled for early September… And of course, the United States is deciding who will be leading the free world, while the rest of us hope that Donald Trump’s finger won’t be on the nuclear button.

Once again, I’ll be following the news more closely. I hope we make the best decisions—and by “we”, I mean us, citizens of the world.

Taking a break

Taking a break

Ice cream on a hot day in Bouffay

Ice cream on a hot day in Bouffay

Crêperie owner setting the tables for the dinner rush

Crêperie owner setting the tables for the dinner rush

Customer at Monoprix' bakery

Customer at Monoprix’ bakery

Man walking by a bank closed for renovations, the tag on the sign says "out of sight, out of mind"

Man walking by a bank closed for renovations, the tag on the sign says “out of sight, out of mind”

Visitors in an art exhibition

Visitors in an art exhibition

"The Moonlight"

“The Moonlight”

Guy with his toy scooter

Guy with his toy scooter

The beggar

The beggar

Shoppers choosing wine at the supermarket

Shoppers choosing wine at the supermarket

The guy at the park on a rainy day

The guy at the park on a rainy day

Lone passerby in Nantes' former industrial district

Lone passerby in Nantes’ former industrial district

The tourist train driver

The tourist train driver

A guy, a dog and a pigeon

A guy, a dog and a pigeon

Waiting at the train station

Waiting at the train station

A woman checking her phone by a French military patrol, deployed as part of the Vigipirate Plan against terrorism

A woman checking her phone by a French military patrol, deployed as part of the Vigipirate Plan against terrorism

Girl at the laundromat

Girl at the laundromat

Playing pétanque at the Domaine de la Garenne Lemot

Playing pétanque at the Domaine de la Garenne Lemot

Lawyer at the courthouse

Lawyer at the courthouse

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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.

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