It has now been a year and a half since I moved to France. I am not going to bore you with all the domestic challenges the move caused me, do not worry, but I need to mention this since I have only just begun to explore life in France. This post about France will therefore be rather impressionistic. Yet I am sure our esteemed guest poster Emmanuel, and hopefully our French readers, will chime in with corrections, elaborations and the like. I also need to mention that I live in the countryside of Brittany, which means there is some distance between me and whatever happens in Paris and the rest of France.
The first thing I noticed about France is that my day-to-day life has not changed much compared to my extended stay in Belgium. People basically talk about the same things: life is expensive, the weather is relatively mild for the time of the year, the bathroom needs painting, sports, etc. And naturally there has been some cultural talk, since I am a new kid on the block with a heavy foreign accent, mostly about culinary and linguistic differences. Every now and then the conversation turns to politics and society. Rarely so, but still. Continue reading →
We have just received an information that, in case some sort of a coercive scenario will be used against the opposition, the police and army units supporting Yushchenko will defend the protesters in downtown Kyiv and secure public order.
They resolutely affirm that the law-enforcers brought to Kyiv from the regions that have voted for Yanukovych, in spite of the fact that a part of them has a strongly negative view of the opposition, will never turn against their colleagues, since the corporative solidarity is more important for them than their political preferences that in fact do not have a profoundly principled character.
However, the authorities might send groups of gangsters against peaceful protesters, but the honest law-enforcers intend to treat them as the law requires, including the use of firearms in cases authorized by the Law.
But a ray of hope from Victor:
According to podrobnosti.com.ua, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovych states that will not accept the results of the elections until their legitimacy is proved. He stated this at the sitting of the National Council on Coordinating State and Regional Authorities.