Wednesday, March 15, 2006

May '68 is back!


You heard about new riots in Paris right? This time no burned cars in the suburbs, but a much more classic student protest against a new law that the government passed - too difficult to explain here. I took this photo in front of the Sorbonne University yesterday on my way home. It is hard to translate, but it reminds me of the slogan that could be seen in May 1968 (although I was too young to actually remember!). This one is a cute little rhyming slogan to protest the CRS police intervention at the university. Roughly translated it says, "Less Police, more petting (or caressing)"!

45 comments:

  1. très bon site widget très apréciable mes compliments pour vos photographies .

    Cette photo est très intéressante et le commentaire aussi .

    ReplyDelete
  2. Awwww. How cute, indeed! Good find, Eric!

    CRS is the riot police in France. I found a picture here:

    http://tinyurl.com/ea5yq

    Hope that link works.

    (If any of you guys happen to be on vacation in Paris and you happen come across these guys, my advice would be ... clear out of the way FAST!)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I remember it: "make love not war" it seems like yesterday

    ReplyDelete
  4. "Less Police, More Caressing"

    Well said!

    ReplyDelete
  5. The only change I'd make to that janelle that could be even more gentle could be "more police caressing".

    Eric, how DO you get to all of these places at just the right time?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Given that it's hard for young people to find a job straight out of university, I don't know what all the fuss is about. At least this way they have a way to gain experience and prove themselves. Should be better than being unemployed, but in France being unemployed can be an occupation in and of itself!

    I found this explanation of the riots from Reuters:

    "(The government's) plan to introduce a flexible 'first employment contract,' which critics say would allow employers to hire and fire young workers more easily.

    The contract would allow firms to hire employees younger than 26 for a two-year trial period before offering them a permanent job. (The government)has said the approach would encourage firms to hire younger people."

    ReplyDelete
  7. I also heard CRS "compagnie républicaine de sérénité"
    The intervention at the central building of the Sorbonne university happened because the rector asked for it.
    Another historical fact just to say that in Greece police cannot enter a university campus or building because of the events of 1974 where the army of the Greek military junta violently stopped a student strike.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_Polytechnic_uprising

    ReplyDelete
  8. The riots was a big news here in Japan,too. The cars, what a waste.At least its over now. This new riot, I didnt know,hope it will be resolved soon.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Company of Serenity? That's funny!
    Also ...

    Catholic Relief Service
    Council of Residential Specialists
    Congressional Research Service
    Can't Remember Shit ...

    Seriously, this is what CRS stands for:

    http://tinyurl.com/qjhsu

    ReplyDelete
  10. I forgot: we saw the riots on prime time TV here too (San Francisco Bay Area) .

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Eric, the riot was in the news here too.
    On a different note, Blogger is having a lot of problem these days and this morning, I can't load your blog properly in HK, I only got to "on my way hom..." and it is all blank underneath. The sidebar loads ok though...I can only get here through "previous posts".
    Anywaz, just to let you know.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Less thugs, more hugs.

    Let them play cricket!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Lisi: Blogger has been acting stupid for a couple of days already and especially today. Hang in there.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Just one thing about the CRS : my "leftist" Mom went in the Quartier Latin last week. She happened to cross a big assembly of CRS busses near the Jardin du Luxembourg. Thus she went to a captain and asked him if it was safe to go to Bld St Michel or if she'd better go back on her way. The guy answered her very thoughtfully and with a big understanding of the youngs and their motivations.
    So, one may feel unconfortable with the police and CRS but sometimes we should remember the open-mind is not only on one side whatever our sympathy with the students…
    ;o)

    ReplyDelete
  15. By te way CRS actually stands for "Compagnies républicaines de sécurité" which possibly translate as "Republic Security Forces".

    ReplyDelete
  16. Eric - "Republic Security Forces"...sounds like the Iranian army! I also confirm what lisi said, same exact problem...went as far as "hom " then that's it. I tried to look for a place to comment TO Blogger, but oddly enough, they don't have a comments page!

    ReplyDelete
  17. big news in bxl as well. plus i've seen some myself (the riots i mean) while in paris.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I have to say I'm pleased that students stilll demonstate in Paris. Over here, they appear more concerned with their pensions these days. Sad.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Yay students!!
    Companies shouldn't have a 2 year probation period, where they can fire after that and not pay penalties. It's a door side open for misuse of power.
    (Says the old es hippy, lol)

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is a rather complex topic/issue. Of course, demonstrating is a national pastime for French students - this time, however, it appears to be a bit more serious than your run-of-the-mill demonstrations. There seems to be more at stake - and Villepin does not seem to be willing to budge on that Contrat de Première Embauche matter.

    ReplyDelete
  21. "riots", ça veut dire "émeutes" ?
    Tu exagères un peu à mon avis. Quelques manifs accompagnées de batailles rangées, rien de plus, la routine, les étudiants ne sont pas des émeutiers.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Well Kad, from what I saw on television it looks pretty much like riots to me (not as bad as last time in the suburbs though, you're right)

    Ben Kad, d'après ce que je vois à la télévision ça ressemble quand même pas mal à des émeutes (pas aussi importantes que la dernière fois dans les banlieues évidemment, tu as raison).

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is without a doubt the stupidest picture I have ever witnessed in my long life. You should close this website and just stop now, because your photography skills are God-awful

    ReplyDelete
  24. I agree, good comment anonymous

    ReplyDelete
  25. This picture sucks balls

    ReplyDelete
  26. You people are immature, this picture is great. Great job Eric.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oy, "Anonymous" commenters. Interesting that you stop by to see the photos, if you're not fans of the work.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hmm... I could use some affordable plumbing. ;-)

    It looks like in Paris there's always that May 68 history in students' minds when they go on the streets about something. Here it would be the summer of love. I can understand it somehow.

    Manuel

    ReplyDelete
  29. Good idea: let's call a plumber to flush the anonymous comments!

    I am amazed at the number of people who keep forgetting that a blog is,after all, an individual's way of expressing himself/herself, and not some kind of contest based on technical expertise in photographie or anything else.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Tomate, you're going to break your personal record of comments on one post! (and maybe I will too)

    I agree with what you said. On the other hand, it's fair for comments to be used to express negative feedback as well as positive feedback. What I find unfair is to express those anonymously but what can you do.

    PS: this is becoming a San Francisco chat room ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Good evening SF chat room, I am just back from a dinner party and all evening long I could feel my phone vibrating each time somebody posted a comment!

    Now I know why...

    Sorry I erased the affordable plumbing spam, I hope you had the time to make a note of the address...

    ReplyDelete
  32. Manu: Understood. But there is a fine line between constructive criticism ("Hey, man, you forgot that handbag strap on the table, and here is what you could do with that picture if you just added more contrast") and just plain negative crap ("why don't you close your website").

    Yes, you're right, I just can't shut up today. ;-)

    Oops... Another vibration on Eric's phone. Hope he wasn't sleeping with the phone in his pocket or something.

    I think I'll shut up now. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  33. I just got back to Eric's blog to read the comments from this post and haven't even gotten to the newer ones, but I'm dying laughing.

    SF chatroom cracked me up!
    Anonymous x 4 is even funnier. They can't be real can they?

    ReplyDelete
  34. Eric enfin, les flics sont dirigés par Sarkozy et laisser les casseurs agir dans les manifs, c'est tout bénéfice pour son image : "regardez, chers citoyens, De Villepin fout la merde et l'insécurité dans vos villes, je suis le seul à même de vous apporter la sécurité, votez pour moi !"
    Ne nous laissons pas berner par les mirages médiatiques et les manipulations politiciennes !

    ReplyDelete
  35. Michael: Could be a joke, or not... who knows.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Le slogan "Moins de CRS, Plus de caresses" n'est pas celui des étudiants contre le CPE mais il s'agit du slogan des prostituées qui manifestent contre la loi Sarkozy sur la racolage passif... Précision importante.

    ReplyDelete
  37. The last "anonymous" comment is right: this was apparently the slogan for demonstrations by prostitutes yesterday! Maybe the students picked up on it --

    ReplyDelete
  38. You have an outstanding good and well structured site. I enjoyed browsing through it
    » »

    ReplyDelete
  39. That's a great story. Waiting for more. » » »

    ReplyDelete
  40. A片,A片,情色,情色,A片,A片,情色,情色,A片,A片,A片下載,做愛,成人電影,.18成人,日本A片,情色小說,情色電影,成人影城,自拍,情色論壇,成人論壇,情色貼圖,情色,免費A片,成人,成人網站,成人圖片,AV女優,成人光碟,色情,色情影片,免費A片下載,SEX,AV,色情網站,本土自拍,性愛,成人影片,情色文學,成人文章,成人圖片區,成人貼圖

    美女交友,AIO交友愛情館,AIO,成人交友,視訊交友網,視訊交友,拓網交友,PC交友,視訊交友90739,交友,情色交友,聊天室交友,辣妹視訊,視訊辣妹,美女視訊,視訊美女,情色視訊,日本AV,免費視訊聊天,視訊聊天,AV女優,AV,視訊聊天室,視訊,免費視訊,情人視訊網,本土自拍,自拍,AVDVD,SEX,微風成人,微風論壇,微風成人區,成人網站,成人,成人電影,嘟嘟成人網,成人貼圖,成人影片,成人圖片區,成人圖片,18成人,成人小說,成人影城,成人文章,成人論壇,愛情公寓,情色論壇,情色,色情聊天室,色情,情色貼圖,情色文學,色情小說,情色小說,寄情築園小遊戲,色情遊戲,情色電影,情色網,做愛,UT聊天室,聊天室,聊天,哈拉聊天室,豆豆聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,聊天室尋夢園,080苗栗人聊天室,苗栗人聊天室,080中部人聊天室,080聊天室,中部人聊天室,柔情聊天網,6K聊天室,小高聊天室,上班族聊天室,免費A片,A片,成人聊天室,一夜情聊天室,情色聊天室,色色網,免費AV

    ReplyDelete