Friday, September 10, 2010


Like all decent French citizens, I am puzzled and ashamed by President Sarkozy's latest stunt, the collective deportation of Roma people to Romania and Bulgaria.

I've been this week in Paris for a series of meetings. When I passed by the National Assembly yesterday, I noticed there was a new merchandise store there I had never paid attention to. Umbrellas were on display with this abstract (in French) from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal".

It was too tempting: I had an hour to spare, so I bought an umbrella and went and paused with it in front of the Elysée Palace, the President's residence.

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