Tag Archives: French elections

MayDay in Paris

Thousands of voices chanting slogans, ongoing pops and cracks of ‘petards’ and Molotov cocktails, invade pdv’s room. An hour ago I was down there in the street flooded by tense mixture of anger and joy.  Wherever people turn up in balaclavas (see photo) you might just anticipate trouble. Amazing though, all these baby carriages and […]

In the Countdown (and Desperately Reading Entrails)

  Paris this week is sunny and unseasonably cold, with a quirky, biting wind. A shivering snake of art-appreciators fills the space in front of the Pompidou, inching forward to the security check. The attraction is a major retrospective of Cy Twombly, the master of runic squiggles and suggestive word-juxtapositions that may well mean something, […]

Polling the Titanic

A quartet, to begin with. Paris is so damned beautiful. Unabashedly beautiful. Pdv has lived in/ known many cities, including Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Boston, Munich, London, Rio, Delhi, Mumbai.  And yet after years that could have led to dull familiarity, I am heartstruck every time I go outside.  Please consider the quartet of photos […]

Be Careful What You Envy

(photo: still from documentary by Laurent Grasso, ‘Les Elysees,’ Galerie Perrotin) Only yesterday, wandering in a chilly Seine mist on the day of D. Trump’s press conference, PdV comtemplated a riff on ‘voter envy.’ As an American, how can one not envy the French electorate? By all accounts, they’ll face an embarrassment of riches next […]

Elections, What Else Is There?!

                          Old-enough readers will no doubt recall the Seven Dwarfs show – the Democratic primary debates that first revealed to the nation the charm and intelligence of a heretofore unknown named Bill Clinton. Last Thursday, France held its own debate of seven presidential […]

The Winds of Reason: Bulletin on the French Departementale Election Results

‘In a system divided between three powers, it’s imperative to be one of the two.’ — Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. This morning’s weather forecast is for high winds and rising temperatures throughout la Hexagone. Evidently a continuation of yesterday’s mood, both physical and political–because yesterday, to the surprise of doomsayers, a wind of collective reason […]

The Big Slap

‘La Gifle!’ That headline, adding insult to injury, echoed through the French press on Monday, often accompanied by a file photo of the President looking as though his eyes were watering. ‘The Slap in the Face’ for Hollande and his Socialist Party (PS), its waffling policies and mutinous allies (Greens, Communists) was administered by Sunday’s […]