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Eh! Oh! Hein! Mais euh!

Austerlitz is a bit special and the lack of celebration was quite stunning. I wouldn't care that much to celebrate, say, Bir-Hakeim, and I'm not a fan of the Corsican megalomaniac. But Austerlitz, Holy Crap! Austerlitz is Austerlitz, one of the most brilliant tactical maneuvers in contemporary history!

So, just like the Brits were right to celebrate Trafalgar (and the French Navy had no problem to lend a hand and a couple of ships for the celebrations), celebrating Austerlitz once every 200 years is not indulging in nostalgic, flag waving navel gazing or whitewashing the past. It's merely acknowledging the past, the same way the Rafle du Vel d'hiv is properly commemorated.

It was pretty stunning and shameful to see Chirac and Villepin AWOL on that day.
by Francois in Paris on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 11:38:45 AM EST
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