May Day

April 21, 2009By Paris UpdateWhat's New Potpourri


May Day

The revolutionary spirit lives on in France. At the tail end of the May Day parade last Friday, we spotted signs calling for the end of capitalism, a “rêve général” (a grève générale is a general strike) and civil disobedience (a reference to the new fad for kidnapping bosses and holding them hostage?). A favorite slogan was “Casse-toi, pauvre con,” coupled with caricatures of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who used the very same phrase (meaning “Get lost, asshole”) to a worker who wouldn’t shake hands with him last year at the Salon de l’Agriculture.


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