The culture that is French (British)

by on December 30, 2016 at 1:35 am in Current Affairs, Law, Political Science | Permalink

A French town is to christen one of its streets “rue du Brexit” in a move its far-Right Front National mayor says is to “pay tribute to the sovereign British people” who chose to leave the European Union.

Critics point out that the road is in an ugly industrial zone and “goes nowhere” as it is circular.

In a highly symbolic move, Julien Sanchez, FN mayor of Beaucaire in the southern Gard département (county), chose to place Brexit street next to “rue Robert Schumann” and “rue Jean Monnet” – streets named after two of the founding fathers of a post-war European Union.

Here is the link, via the excellent Samir Varma.

1 Ray Lopez December 30, 2016 at 1:58 am

Why is Tyler up late? I’ll be the first to say this.

2 Ray Lopez December 30, 2016 at 1:59 am

Oh! He’s still in Africa, my bad. Well at least the street is not a dead end!

3 ben-canaan December 30, 2016 at 2:20 am

Sanchez? Ha, what a world.

4 Axa December 30, 2016 at 3:38 am

Yes, a guy with Spanish surname uses an English neologism to display French national pride.

5 M December 30, 2016 at 4:25 am

That’s proof of the openness of French civic nationalism 😉

6 dearieme December 30, 2016 at 8:38 am

He lives not far from French Catalonia. So maybe his surname is French?

7 Silas Barta December 30, 2016 at 3:18 am

They’re naming it after an English neologism.

Such nationalism, much French, very cultural identity. Wow.

8 dearieme December 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

It’s rather a left wing line to take that all nationalism must involve petty parochialism. Not for M Sanchez apparently: good for him.

9 Pshrnk December 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

The Academie does not approve.

10 dearieme December 30, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Maybe the nationalism of the educated tends to be petty and parochial? At least in Paris?

11 leppa December 30, 2016 at 10:10 am

French leave

an unauthorized or unannounced departure; absence without permission.

Now we have British leave.

12 Alex Jablokow December 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

I hope they didn’t mean to name the street after Robert Schuman, the French politician, but end up naming it after Robert Schumann, the German composer. That seems to be carrying European unity a bit too far.

13 Adrian Ratnapala December 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm

The road is circular eh? “Brexiter Ring” would have sounded good if it had been a German town.

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