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Since the cue is Viet Nam, I was expecting a Summer '68 photo gallery with Satre captions. My mistake.
by Cat on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 08:00:30 PM EST
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France had other things to deal with in 1968. Like real, actual social revolution.

I remember 1968. My elder siblings went to anti-Vietnam War demonstrations (but NZ had skin in the game, troops on the ground). Also, anti French nuclear test demonstrations.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 08:35:47 PM EST
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Ah, France eternally stuck in the 1960's, with De Gaulle, hosting Jackie & JFK, Sartre in a Paris café with Simone de Beauvoir... (Is this a USian thing?)
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 08:42:31 PM EST
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Meanwhile, getting back to business:

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 08:51:00 PM EST
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I'm just teasing you with recollections, attributed to France's ICONIC pubic intellectuals found in the massive, posthumous biography penned by his "daughter".

I would be surprised to meet an American, then or now, who did not attach greater political significant to domestic EXISTENTIAL THREATS than communist orphans rehabilitating the ruins of imperial Japan. What good did challenging MAGA do for adolescent boomers then, besides heating a sexual revolution.

I can almost appreciate your (pl.) ambivalence to the wan articles of NATO alliances today. US "intervention" in Korea and in "French Indochina" are parts of a piece of "shared history" that ostensibly belongs in the dustbin, but sticks to the shoes of MODERNITY like so much gum.

by Cat on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 10:54:01 PM EST
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Oh, I suspected it (teasing is just your style :)
That USian view of France with the cursor firmly stuck in the 60's is something that always amazed me when I was living in the country a couple of decades ago.

It does still leave traces in the culture, I suppose: for instance, France's colonial past is still permeating a lot of attitudes and political discourse, even today with our Gen-Xer president.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Feb 27th, 2022 at 08:59:59 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 27th, 2022 at 05:06:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Feb 27th, 2022 at 06:27:35 PM EST
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