April 16, 2013, Versailles
On April 16, there was an impressive demonstration at Versailles in anticipation of the review of Taubira's law scheduled for the 17th at the National Assembly. Remember, the bill was passed by the Assembly, then went to the Senate, where it barely passed by two votes, in a show of hands. This method of voting on major piece of legislation has infuriated many who say that Hollande took advantage of the great number of absentees, and the fact that he did not have a majority in the Senate, to push the bill through as quickly as possible, using an unorthodox and possibly unconstitutional method. Now the bill returns for one more review by the Assembly on April 17.
All over France, but especially in Paris and nearby, there are massive demonstrations. I have heard that some politicians are saying that Hollande has lost control of the country. I have also heard that tear gas has been used frequently in the subways of Paris and other cities. I will try to have more specifics later. Below, some scenes from Tuesday night's vigil at Versailles:
Below, crowds fill the streets of Versailles.
Below, a stirring photo, more like a painting:
Below, the statue of Louis XIV. No doubt the Sun King is proud of his people tonight.
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