Monday, May 07, 2007

Shiny Happy People

This was the moment the crowd had been waiting for - Nicolas Sarkozy mounting the stage at Place de la Concorde, surrounded by his family, associates and the numerous musicians and singers (almost entirely of Arabic/African origin) to the welcome of thunderous cheering.

It was his moment to savour, and for the first time in many months he seemed to 'let his hair down' and, apart from his short speech to the masses, simply soak up the adulation, clapping along to the singers who slightly embarrassingly came and sang at him to the smiles of the benevolent onlookers.

Now, at last, France can get on with things again. I won't be sorry to see the back of those endless television debates where the names of 'Ségo and Sarko, Sarko and 'Ségo' were practically all we heard for months on end.
© 2007 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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Mandi said...

Great photo - it's a piece of French history. Love the heading too - that used to be my favourite song!

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Paris Set Me Free said...

This pic was actually a giant screen next to the stage where Sarkozy was, so I was there but the image is artificial!

And it's one of the first time I've really got interested in politics, as well as trying to take interesting photos, so I guess that's positive.

And they do look quite Happy and Shiny, don't they!

Anonymous said...

History played out in France on Sunday while I was out and taking photographs. One of which was posted this morning. Thanks for your post today as I enjoyed reading it.

Kate said...

I am SO glad that you visited one of my blogs because in this way you introduced yourself, and I have bookmarked this site. Your pictures of the campaign are wonderful and I wish I had seen them sooner. I intend to check out your other blogs too. Have a good week!!

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thanks Abraham and Kate. It's nice to get some feedback. It's strange because it was totally calm at the Sarkozy celebrations, but the next day we see horrible scenes of rioting from the other side of Paris, cars burning, people throwing tear-gas bombs at the police and so on. It's terrible and doesn't look good for the left, but they are in the end a minority but a very unhappy one...

Thanks again!

isabella said...

What an amazing website! And you do it all so well.

Thanks for visiting Naples, FL - yes it is that beautiful...
Having said that - I would switch places with you in a heartbeat ;-)

Jing said...

thx for dropping on SHDP firstly.
you have wonderful website....i am for sure.
and your photos are wonderful.

French i cant understand...but i like to know more about Paris where is full of imagination.

will visit often.

nice day

shanghai daily photo

Monica said...

I was going to mention it too, the heading! I enjoy the clever title you give to your posts.
What a thrill it must have been to be in Place de la Condorde yesterday, witnessing it all!

Olivier said...

merci pour ton message sur mon blog sur Evry. d'habitude les gens habitent evry et travaillent à Paris, mais pas toi ;o). Tu travailles dans un superbe immeuble avec une belle vue. tu aimes evry ? tu t'y promenes des fois, ou juste rer-boulot-rer ?
Bonne soiree

Ben said...

...numerous "bamboozled sambo" musicians and singers... that's what I would have wrote. But that's just my 2 cents. Good photos, as usual.

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thank you people - I'm all worn out now after the effort of putting all those photos up and I don't know where to go from here! But I was out photographing yesterday so I'll see if anything interesting happened apart from losing my glasses and walking into a lamppost...

Nathalie in Sydney said...

Thanks for the series of photos of this crazy night, I enjoyed them tremendously. Had to laugh at your last comment about losing your glasses!

And if you think it's all over, you're very wrong, the next elections are just a month away so there will be more politics than you can chew! Cheers!

Nathalie said...

It's me again, just back from hotch potch.
Enjoyed the game but was puzzled to read a sentence like
"An American firm are now producing vegetable-flavoured fizzy drinks." - shouldn't it be IS, NOT ARE ?????

alice said...

Funny to see here some views i have seen "in live"...But now you'll have to stand with les législatives on French tv!

Jilly said...

What a great website. So glad you visited mine and thanks for comments. I will come back to yours, for sure.

Monte Carlo, since you asked, is a principality - the Principality of Monaco - and right, it's in the south of France between Menton, (my other blog) on the Italian border and the rest of the south. ie between Nice and Menton - to make it simpler. Tiny place too.

Jilly x

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thank you to everyone who visited and left nice comments. It's the most I've ever had - thank you so much!

I think it should be 'An American firm is...' Nathalie, but I didn't write the article! You can use 'are' if you see them as a group of people rather than an organisation... but that's for an English lesson, not for a photo-blog!!! ;-)


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