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Sunday, 22 February 2009

The humour of revolution

Both EU Referendum and Looking for a Voice are doing a pretty good job of keeping an eye on insurrection around and about so I shalln't repeat what they're both doing already. Whether it will grow to the proportions of the worldwide riots of 1968 I don't know. The Times reports that militant students have now occupied the Sorbonne, just as they did in 1968 - but are they exhibiting the same humour in painted (or sprayed, these days) wall slogans?

Sous les pavés, la plage! Went one famous slogan, though the picture suggests few sandcastles. L'ennui est contre-révolutionnaire proclaimed another, possibly in response to the thoughtful Nous ne voulons pas d'un monde où la certitude de ne pas mourir de faim s'échange contre le risque de mourir d'ennui. SEXE : C‘est bien, a dit Mao, mais pas trop souvent may have come from an English exchange student perhaps, and Ni Dieu ni maître! echoed our own much earlier apprentice riots, but Dans une société qui a aboli toute aventure, la seule aventure qui reste est celle d‘abolir la société is pure Simone De Beauvoir.

Will the French students of 2009 display half as much wit and care as their 1968 counterparts?

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