Topic: Making Use of History
The Anniversary of D-Day Sixty Years Ago
George Bush is off to France for the anniversary celebrations.
And the times they are a changin' - as the man says.
From l'Agence France-Presse (AFP) by way of The Tocqueville Connection see BUSH TELLS FRENCH READERS: CHIRAC'S MY FRIEND
Received Wednesday, 2 June 2004 19:24:00 GMT
See U.S. bitter about French stance on war
Harsh words lead to strained relationship with France
Warren P. Strobel , Knight Ridder, Published: Thursday, April 24, 2003
A little over a year ago?
And this from those days:
And now this from the AFP?
Perhaps. Or perhaps the animosity towards her husband come from understanding just who he really is.
Well, who is to say?
Our friend Ric in Paris offers these comments in an email just received here, under the heading Les Vaches:
Ah, I wish I were there. The conservatives in power being slapped around by those who actually wish to live in a community... "Egalite, Fraternite, Liberte" and all that stuff we think is for sissies.
But yes, Daniel Cohn-Bendit is a far different man now than he was in 1968. Aren't we all?
I do recall on my trips to France seeing "Hollywood" chewing gum. In a pipe shop in Avignon I had a long talk with the owner about the name. I told him I actually lived in Hollywood. He was amused and threw in some free pipe tobacco.
Ah, crazy Americans. And crazy French.
Ah but should you find yourself in Normandy for this D-Day thing?
Also from l'Agence France-Presse (AFP) ...
BRISK BUSINESS FOR D-DAY MEMORABILIA AS JUNE 6 APPROACHES
Received Wednesday, 2 June 2004 10:25:00 GMT
In short -
Sic transit gloria mundi ...
As for the D-Day festivities and the speechs?
This could be interesting.
See Bush warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq
Kim Willsher in Paris, The Guardian (UK), Wednesday June 2, 2004
Bush has been warned:
Oh yeah, from a guy who probably likes Hollywood chewing gum and thinks Laura Bush has it wrong - the French dislike Bush because they actually know they type.
Well, there's a lot to unpack in what Fabius said right there.
Ah, but as Ric in Paris points out, Kim Willsher here in The Guardian is at tad confused -
The Brits are having trouble telling one frog from another? So it would seem. Kim Willsher seems to have this problem.
Be that as it may, the French, it seems, rather like Americans. The problem is this Bush fellow.
In my trips to France, with very few exceptions, I have been welcomed with warmth, and good spirits and lively talk by these difficult French folks. And some of them I now count among my good friends. But I, and so many others who have had the same experiences I have had, don't have Bush's particular charm, I suppose. I guess we lack his moral clarity or whatever.
But will there be protests in the streets of Paris? There all always protests in the streets of Paris. It is what the French do.
But this time?
Paris bans protests ahead of Bush's visit
Robert Graham in Paris, The Financial Times, London (UK)
Published: June 2 2004 19:14
Perhaps Ric will cover what happens in the street with next Monday evening's MetropoleParis. I suspect something will happen.