Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Midas Of Elysée

If diamonds are a girl's best friend (they aren't exactly friendly, but they help in a pinch), gold is the favorite of kings. And while Jacques Chirac lacks the majesty, wisdom and visceral attachment to his country one would expect from a king - think of Frederick the Great or Louis XIV - he has a certain pomposity that leads people to describe him as "regal" or "monarchical". This video by Charles Henry, whose previous effort "The Party's Over" was featured at Galliawatch, paints a jarring portrait of the French leader going through the motions of presiding over a country on the brink. Images of "Douce France" are juxtaposed with the well-known scenes of mayhem. And through it all the strangely detached figure of the man who is, at least partly, responsible for it all.

Charles tends to be much harder on Chirac than on Bush. I would not want to have to choose which one was worse. I only know Bush had it in his power to reverse the tide, and he set his sails with the wind. From both men emanates an almost comical pomposity.

Read Charles' own comments at Covenant Zone.


At December 01, 2006 1:55 AM, Blogger Charles Henry said...

Thank you, Tiberge, for the link!

Youtube seems to randomly select the image that serves as the "cover" of one's videos...
If **I** could choose, I would select the image of Chirac with a shovel, symbolizing his determination to bury France's noble past.
We shouldn't be a prisoner to our past, to be sure, but Chirac's approach of ennobling amnesia enrages me to no end.

At December 02, 2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous zazie said...

It IS heart-breaking and enraging ; Some people love murdering their country (Mitterand!) ; others are content with burying it, that's Chirac ! Fortunately, "France, mère des arts, des armes et des lois..." is still alive in our hearts and in yours, our Northern-American friends...Thank YOU ! God bless YOU !

At December 03, 2006 1:07 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ zazie

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it and I'm sure Charles does too.

Some feel the last word has been said on France, others are more hopeful. I wish I had a crystal ball. Events happen so suddenly and unpredictably. There's always a long-shot that something good will happen....


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