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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