Friday, May 11, 2007

Signs of Life

Paris is so full of signs of one sort or another that sometimes they cancel each other out and we just ignore them completely. But sometimes, like other forms of urban architecture, a certain combination strikes me and I 'notice' the notices again, but more for a pleasing composition than for what they say.

'Vive la France' says one of these signs, and I can't tell you how often we have heard this phrase over the last few weeks as the election fever reached it's apogee.

I suppose that France will in fact continue to live, so all these exhortations seem a little bit strange, but I do realise that the sentiments behind the expression 'Vive la France' goes deeper than that.

In any case, both candidates seem to feel they have the rights to utter these three words, and indeed it's become de rigueur to finish the most flamboyant of speeches with them.

Vive la France !

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Monica said...

I like to see a picture of signs like these because although they can cancel one another, like you said, reading it makes us feel a little like we´re there, like we´re part of the city routine and then we have to be aware that that particular street is "interdit des 2 cotês" !

Paris Set Me Free said...

Yes, you're right Monica! I love to include bits of street text in photos because the language gives such a sense of place - you can't mistake where it was taken, not usually anyway!


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