Category Archives: French government and politics

Weird dreams, and other lock-down notes

A week ago, my wife Jan and I were having a Skype session with son Michael and daughter-in-law Vanessa in Toronto when the subject of dreams came up. What started the discussion was a news article which said that because … Continue reading

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Our election, and COVID-19 news

The municipal elections in France went ahead yesterday (Sunday) despite some serious concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and clearly the citizens of Daglan were (a) in the mood to vote, and (b) in the mood for more of … Continue reading

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A village votes and holds it breath — ensemble

If you think village politics must be incredibly dull, you’ve not been in Daglan over the past few weeks. Today (Sunday) is voting day in France for municipal officials, and we have two full teams of candidates who have been … Continue reading

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Late-breaking news: the Mayor’s speech

It’s been a bit more than a full week since my wife Jan and I, and a whole bunch of other people, headed to Daglan’s community hall (la Salle des fêtes) for the annual review of village life by our … Continue reading

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State of the Village Address

Now I could have called this posting “The Mayor’s Speech,” echoing the title of that (very good) film “The King’s Speech.” But then you might have thought that Daglan’s Mayor is struggling with some sort of stammering problem, which he … Continue reading

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Heavy work, heavy reading

A few days ago, I was surprised to see a sign in our little street indicating that it would be blocked at one end of the crescent, because of  a construction project. Further investigation provided the details. And the exercise … Continue reading

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Our market and a quiet ceremony

Today is both Bastille Day across France (la Fête Nationale) and a Sunday, which means that it’s Market Day in Daglan. As we’re now well along in the busy season — that is, tourist season — there was a nice … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s speech (2019 edition)

This past Friday we attended Mayor Pascal Dussol’s state-of-the-village address — that is,  la traditionnelle cérémonie des vœux —  and thought it was the most jam-packed such meeting we’ve seen in Daglan. My wife Jan and I arrived with two friends … Continue reading

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Highlights: a special Bastille Day, and more

A surfeit of socializing (how about that phrase?) has kept me away from toiling in the Blogosphere, so this will be a quick report on a few activities from the past weekend, starting with a special event at a village … Continue reading

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Democracy at ground level

If you’ve been paying the least bit of attention to the news, you already know that yesterday, Emmanuel Macron was elected the next President of France. There is already a ton, more or less, of commentary and analysis available. But … Continue reading

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