The Free Europe Institute has an interesting commentary about France's version of our Protest Warriors. It seems during the tenth anniversary of the death of President Fran�ois Mitterrand, France has been holding a week—long celebration not unsurprisingly at the national headquarters of the Socialist Party in Paris.
According to France's equivalents of the Protest Warriors,
A visit to the Rue de Solf�rino headquarters confirmed that several things seemed to have been left out of the display of 180 photos, the news reels, and the recorded speeches, notably the unpalatable fact that before recasting himself in the heroic figure of a resistance fighter, "Tonton" (as Chirac's predecessor was affectionately called) had worked in the Vichy government during the Second World War, during which time he received the infamous Francisque award from the hands of Mar�chal P�tain himself.
So, the stalwart protestors decided to remind the attendees by taping a large Francisque award on the multi—story portrait of Mitterrand, before being hauled away by event the security. Shortly after, the police arrived with lights flashing and sirens wailing. E—Nough has the story in English.
Doug Hanson 01—15—06