Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Stop CPE -- 4 April MMVI
Premiers rendez vous de manifestation pour le mardi 4 avril
67 - BAS-RHIN Strasbourg. Manifestation à 14h, Place Kléber.
I note that I'm a bit behind in my blogging: nothing about the "Stop CPE" demonstration a week ago; nothing about the Conseil Constitutionnel's favorable opinion in the CPE's legality; nothing about Chirac's surreal speech Friday evening, nor about the reactions, commentaries, and analyses it generated. For good measure, I should also include some facts and ideas from relevent books and articles I've read.
But first, are the trains running today? Can I go to Strasbourg to demonstrate if I want to (and hurry)? Actually, that is one thing I wanted to say about the strikes and demonstrations last Tuesday: the SNCF has exemplary customer relationship management in such cases. The altered schedules are posted the day before. For instance, they currently announce
- TGV to/from Paris : 2 of 3
- TGV in Province (not Paris): 1 of 3
- Thalys (international express trains): normal service
- Eurostar (to London) : normal service
- LYRIA (Paris – Zurich – Lausanne): Service Normal
- TGV Paris – Genève : 4 of 7
- ARTESIA (France – Italie) : Service normal
- ELIPSOS (France – Espagne) : Service normal
- . . .
- and the list goes on and on
Meanwhile, I think I've de facto chosen not to go: I've missed the last train that arrives in Strasbourg before 14:00.
|Why march?||Why not march?|
|To avoid any apparent weakening of support that might encourage Chirac to think his manoeuver worked.||Doubtful effectiveness.|
|It is a nice day (blue sky, not rainy like last week) for a stroll through Strasbourg.||Tension and confrontation could well rise, since Chirac signed the law into effect despite the massive demonstrations of popular opposition and weak business support.|
|I think this law is bad, not just the CPE, and should not have been railroaded through.||I think trying to cling to the CDI "entitlement" is futile, and I do not share that goal with the other demonstrators.|
|Favoring employment of the young could make it even harder for the less young to find or keep employment.||I'm not under twenty-six, and although I could (again) demonstrate as a parent of under-twenty-six year-olds, they themselves aren't demonstrating.|
|My good character and serious and thoughtful demeanor might improve the tone of the crowd, and reduce the likelihood of transformation to a mob.||I dislike the attitude of many demonstrators: what does beer have to do with it? This is not a party, a festival, a sports event. Different protocols for different events. Demonstrating is a job to be done well.|
Conclusion: I hope enough others attend today that my absence will go unnoticed.
Tags: CPE | France