Tag Archives: Socialist Party

May Day May Day

May 1, Lilies-of-the-Valley Day. (Thanks to a 1561 decree by Charles IX, who was smitten by the little flower.) The only thing you can still sell on Paris streets without a vendor’s licence! Despite a cold spring there seemed to be enough stalks to go around yesterday, as people streamed toward the Bastille to honor: […]

Le Mariage not so Gai ?

It’s been legal in the neighboring Netherlands for twelve uneventful years.  In Spain, a nation drenched in Catholic tradition, same-sex marriage was okayed in 2005.  Even in the sexually conflicted USA, legal barriers  are crumbling state by state.  So why does France, envied worldwide as the standard-bearer of liberté, fraternité and adult free play, have […]