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Day 352: Wind of Change.


My boyfriend is pretty romantic, there's no question there, but recently his letters, his mots d'amour have been coming with political propaganda or in our e-mails, video attachments, sharing with me the politics of my new country. Not so romantic, but interesting nonetheless because talking politics seems to always be a topic du jour in France where I find myself doing the fake nod and sigh, feigning that I know what they're talking about. I feel guilty, I really should be more involved. It gets embarrassing when the only thing you hear is the sound of my back molars grinding down on cacahuètes when I'm asked to compare French and American politics.

With their presidential election heating up, he couldn't resist sending me this video that he knows I would appreciate because of its genius soundtrack, and that it acknowledges that France isn't just polished apartments that only really exist in the 16th, supermodel first ladies, croissants and Macaron Day, and that just like any other major city there's the working class looking for change. A country looking for change? Does this sound familiar? 

While I know which direction I'd go in if I was eligible to vote, I'm keeping my opinions to myself because I'm not French, but really, if I've learned anything in my life is that no one and nothing is 100%. Perhaps this is why I shy away from political chats and debates. I'm one of those annoying people that see both sides of the argument and can never fully commit to one side. Good thing I'm not voting! I did, however, get a kick out of this video that brought me back to 2008 when us Americans were looking for change and new beginnings, moving beyond conservative thinking. Perhaps it will work out better for France than it did for America, which I can only imagine has been a bitch to clean up. This weekend's outcome, and experiencing my first French Presidential election should be interesting. Until then, I'll keep getting love notes with material and updates leading up to Sunday from my vélo riding, recycling, urban planner boyfriend. He cray...

I'm sure Lucien had a heart attack when he saw this clip. It only makes me love it more...

Enjoy.

25 comments:

  1. Very cool video! My experience talking politics with the French has not gone well. I a)don't understand the topic, because I'm not French and/or b)am explaining the American election process and Super Thursday (not Tuesday) incorrectly, because I am wrong.

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    1. ME TOO! I'm glad I'm not the only one!! I'm so "nulle" with French AND American politics, but i should brush up a bit, if I want to live here. : )

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  2. I found out about this video from the Chelsea Lately show (!!!). I think it's hilarious that Hollande used this song.

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    1. This was on Chelsea?!?!? So funny! What did she say??? I googled it but couldn't find her commentary. She thinks the French are nuts, and I'm sure this confirmed it.

      Can you believe they used this song? Oh la la.

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  3. Love it!!! That shit cray ain't it...Elle? Lol. I was surprised when I heard the song. :)

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  4. Jay-Z, Kanye and Hollande... I never, ever, ever would have put them together. I'm kind of speechless.

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    1. I'm glad you got a kick out of it like I did. I look forward to reading your post tomorrow/Monday on the results. I want to see how it all goes down in The LPV!

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  5. I watched some of the debate last night. The dwarf is really pugnacious, I have to give him that! Ahhhhhh those Frenchies really know how to argue without getting angry and raising their fists! We have a lot to learn from them in that regard.

    On another note: I'm back!:) The official countdown has started: two weeks from now, I will be home!:) A bit sad, but with so much to do still, no time to mope:)

    Oh, and I love that article Lucien sent you from that highly delusional "journalist" from Britain who can't tell the difference between a controlling asshole and a Frenchman! She and her husband really deserve each other, that's all I can say! I can't imagine any of my colleagues treating their wives that shabbily. And surprise: they're French! Goes to show, doesn't it?

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    1. Hi!!!!! I've missed you!!!! Welcome back and bon voyage..a la fois! You're on countdown mode!! Wow. how times flies, eh?

      How did you like Laurence Ferrari? She really added to the debate, n'est-ce pas? he he he. Sexy only gets you so far.

      The article is ridiculous. I knew you'd have a comment or two about it. I'm convinced she wrote it for attention. There's no way that someone would accept such abuse! She also wrote that she is too beautiful to be a bridesmaid because she will upstage the bride, so....


      ...and I will get back to your e-mails! xoxoxo!

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  6. Of course Hollande has the banlieue endorsement--he's on the Left! They don't call Bobigny la banlieue rouge for nothing!

    Did you watch last night's debate? All that name calling ("You're a liar!" "Thank you for your arrogance!"), mud-slinging, lack of civility and dignity. And there was Laurence Ferrari, having absolutely NO credibility in her lowcut cocktail dress, doing nothing to moderate the bitter exchanges. Oh France, how I dispair for thee! Tomorrow we will wake up and be Greece. It is such a shame. Makes me miss Nixon.

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    1. I wasn't surprised by his support, I was surprised by the song in the video and that Seb attaches this on our e-mails.

      I caught some of the debate. This is my first presidential election in France, so I'm just sitting back and taking it all in. I'm not involved...at all. I agree with both sides but some more than others. : )

      But Laurence Ferrari! It was uncomfortable. I was waiting for her to jump in and it never happened!! She was just sitting pretty.

      Tomorrow should be interesting. Who is going to be at Bastille?

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  7. I fear if Holland gets elected, in 2017 will have Le Pen!!

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  8. Whoa whoa whoa. Hold the phone, for realz? Is this really happening in France? I am equally disturbed and amused.

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    1. The phone is held! I'm waiting... : P

      Isn't this video nuts?? The clip was made by supporters of Hollande, not his camp. So, I guess they;re free to do what they want. It's still cray.

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  9. I loved Sarkozy's line at the debate, "M Hollande, you want less rich people, I want less poor." The polls look like we'll all be getting poorer.
    French Accents... I hadn't thought of that, but I fear you may be right.

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    1. Like I said before, we'll see. As a foreigner, I too will be affected by the results, either way, but I'm in no position to voice my absolute opinion, I'm not French and I can't vote. I just appreciated the clip.

      Thanks for commenting, Sylvia. I love your blog!

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  10. No one knows what that shit means... it's provocative!

    FH+ Jay Z + Kanye West.....?!

    I love this song at the moment!

    Think FH may win and although I should be more concerned about the elections - I do have a certain interest - I'm really relishing not being eligible to vote here! I have friends voting for FH and others for NS, so it's nice to not have to pick a side!

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    1. Provocative indeed!!!

      I love this song too! I'm in the same boat as you, I see both sides of the debate and I'm just supporting my friends, on both sides, as I'm not eligible to vote.

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  11. I'm not worried about Marine Le Pen ever finding her way to l'Élysée... Her father came second after the first vote in 2002 and this somehow jolted people into voting en masse for Chirac two weeks later... I think the same would happen in 2017.

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    1. Thanks Duchess! I always count on your comments to save the day. With your job, background and experience, you have the goods to back it up.

      xo.

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  12. Whoa. I can only imagine what would happen if a candidate did this in the US! While seb's little love notes of politics may have been a bit intense, at least he cares! Sir L has never voted anywhere - which I find a bit weird - but w a German passport and never living in Germany, he's never been able to!

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