Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Back to the basics

I realize that the titles my most recent posts both started with "back" so.. let's make this a trend!

This blog has not been very active these days, probably because I spent most of my blogging time on my French-speaking blog, quite notably because of the political situation here, which led to a few comments in my "politix" section.

As some of you may know, the adoption of the treaty instituting a so called constitution for the European union is being submitted to the popular vote in France at the end of this month. I'm in a bit of a fix because on one hand I don't like this text at all - I'll ellaborate on this if anybody is interested; on the other end, I don't quite like the way its rejection would entail, being a strong proponent of a stronger European Union.

All in all, I'm leaning towards the "no" - since, after all, the question I'm being asked is wether I think this "constitution" is any good, and I don't think it is. Moreover, the strong arm tactics of the "yes" people (on both side of the left-right divide) make me wary of the whole thing. We'll see how the whole thing turns out in a few weeks!

But, for now, back to the basics with a very tourist-friendly view of Paris:

Paris: l'Arc de Triomphe, picture taken during a bike ride last Sunday.

Actually, the place is not tourist friendly at all: the Place de l'étoile is a huge roundabout, so swarmed with cars that there's an underground passage to go to the arch itself, while the metro station access are perfectly hidden. Paris is still not the most hospitable city of the world, is it?


Chris said...

I would go to Paris in a heartbeat, as long as the French weren't there :)

Just kidding.

I do like your focus on politics, however. But I'm boring like that.

I saw a documentary about a book called the "European Dream" by Jeremy Rifkin. Very interesting indeed.

In it he talks about the EU constitution and what will happen if it doesn't pass. So, I am very interested in your views of the pro's and con's and of course your opinion.

Personally, I don't see how it can't pass- that's if Europe wants to survive. But I come from a very federated system of government too.

Always enjoy your input.

Chris said...

You alive?

Le Plume said...

yeah sorta... I'll write an entry on the current events here this evening I guess.

Srividya said...

Hey there! I'd love to visit Paris... someday, sometime .... :)