It’s hard to even look at French news anymore. Reading about events there, it’s no longer possible to whistle past the graveyard – to make the metaphor hew more closely to the events – in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, – it’s as though you are watching a large pot boil and all the frogs in the soup are claiming everything is “tres bien, merci”
Just last evening France2 news dedicated three minutes to the news item about the woman trapped inside a burning bus in Marseille who is now in a coma. France2 also dedicated three minutes to a feature on a musician who’s been dead for 25 years.
I was going to do a post counting how many buses have burned in the past week. After the first half dozen, I gave up counting because the French aren’t reporting about them. The stuff I found was from foreign news agencies.
As iNo Pasaran! says,
As last year, primetime news is no longer providing figures on the number of cars being torched each evening. News producers are directed to keep the number of items on urban guerilla violence to a minimum and to always balance them with reports about positive social programs aimed at surburban youth.
France is like a battered wife who keeps coming back to her handsome husband. They’ve gotten used to the abuse and put on the sunglasses and the pancake make-up to cover up the damage.
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