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Post Presidential election in France

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Julien, May 8, 2007.

  1. Julien


    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    As some might know France just had its presidential elections this WE and it turns out that Sarkozy ( right wing ) won. Just after this announcement ( made official around 8pm ) people opposed to him started gathering on the round-about of la Bastille, whereas those in favour found their way on the place de la Concorde for a big concert celebration.

    It wasn't too long before things started to heat up in la Bastille and things got a little bit wild ( a fellow photographer got hit on the head by a cobblestone , and made the news in the process ). I wasn't there that night, but things happened yesterday night again and I wasn't going to miss that twice.

    I obviously can't post all of them here, but if you're interested check all of them out here and you'll be able to follow the night chronologically.

    I've also posted some in the Photojournalism section

    Thanks for reading/watching :wink:
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  2. haze2


    Mar 18, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Julien, thanks for sharing those pictures. I know that the candidates in this election had radically different political and philosophical views, so there was bound to be some demonstrating and unrest following the election. France is going to take a new direction with Sarkozy as president and I sincerely wish the best for you and your countrymen.
  3. Whoa...this is starting to get me worried. My son is over in Europe right now and will be spending a few days in Paris in a couple of weeks. Hopefully this unrest will not impact on the tourists who at this point have no way of changing their travel plans. Or am I being too much of a DAD?
  4. Ciao Julien

    it's always sad seeing such things. Let me spend a word on what is passing there. Aside any politic derivation, I am really curious to know how people could choose him after what happened last year around Paris. I was thinking that Ségolène, the left wing candidate, could have resulted much more interesting for citizens and he was harshly adversed. But..no problem, let's hope it will be a good period for you there.

    All the best and "say hello" for me to Paris where I've been in 1997 for JMJ with the Pope J.P.II. Wonderful and endless city.
  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very well covered with out getting in the way:>)))
    Good shots
  6. Julien


    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    I wish us the best also. We'll see what the future brings us ...

    No don't worry at all. It's not urban guerrila or anything. In fact yesterday I saw a couple of tourists just walk pretty much in between the protesters and the police , I missed that shot come to think of it :biggrin:

    your son will have a great time :wink:

    Yes protesting is one thing, destroying property is another. Saddly the ones who vandalize always find their way amongst the peaceful protests ...
  7. Julien


    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    Thanks Gale. I did get shoved by a policeman with his shield at one point ... it's not the best feeling I can tell you when you see those big guys coming towards you :Crunk:
  8. Toby D

    Toby D

    Mar 7, 2006
    I understand her "husband" is head of the Socialist Party and many thought he would be the effective president(pulling her strings as it were). Also, I have learned that voting there is opposite of what happens in the States. Women vote to the Right and are pretty conservative and men, making up the unions, tend to vote the Left. Is that accurate?

    i also understand she had a few problems in a Middle East visit.
  9. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Hi Toby,

    This thread, like Julien's photo thread, is about a photojournalistic adventure. Let's not get into a discussion of "Left" or "Right" politics, ok?
  10. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York
    Stay SAFE Julien!
    Vive la FRANCE, truly one of the most beautiful places on earth!
    Loire Valley here I come...
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  11. Toby D

    Toby D

    Mar 7, 2006
    Sorry, I didn't mean it as political. I read a short analysis of why she lost. But as I know nothing of how things work in France, I was surprised by the reasons. Just wanted to know if that was an accurate story I read or not. No implication of the political was meant. I'm not overly concerned with what they do there.

    And the photos are pretty amazing. I'm always fascinated at how personally people can take this stuff.
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