Sure, there's cars and trash cans burning in the streets. And there's barely a single gas station in Paris with gas. And France is now importing most of our electricity from other countries. And the trash continues to be the main sight to see in Marseille. And roads are blocked off by protestors in plenty of areas (including the roads to most major airports). But is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Yes there is! And we have Lady Gaga to thank.
This weekend Lady Gaga was scheduled to perform in Paris two shows. But with concerns of not being able to get her trucks and equipment to the venue, she announced today that both concerts will be cancelled. You can read about it here (if you can read French, that is). At this point, if you're a French striker/protestor, you have to ask yourself, "is it really worth it?" Is protesting over two years of retirement really worth missing the Lady Gaga show this weekend? I mean, she's probably not going to be dancing around the stage when you're 61 years old, man. C'mon! Stop the nonsense! One has to think that it's simply gone too far.
In response to the announcement, the labor unions have chosen two days of continued national protests: October 28 and November 6 (or 4, depends on whether you believe BBC's reporting or France 24's... I'm putting my money on the local French news). In other words, go home, enjoy your family vacations and regret the canceling of the Lady Gaga concerts, and then show up on those days for a countrywide Braveheart-like yell.
Ok, so the announcement from her showiness and the French labor union aren't don't actually coincide with one another at all, but it's fun to dream, no? Actually, we're hopeful that things will calm down because tomorrow starts a week and a half of vacation (as I mentioned yesterday) and the final vote might actually happen tomorrow. Lots of maybes, mights, and truthfully, I have no idea how the French will react. But I do know how Lady Gaga reacted. And if that doesn't make 'em lay down their arms, I just don't know what will.
Here's a recent update (with what I believe to be one wrong date, but otherwise good stuff).