I don’t really have much to say, as I lead my humdrum life. But in these fraught days, humdrum is probably good. No drama is the best kind of life to live, is my opinion.
The Christmas lights went up on the Esplanade de la Défense a few days ago. I’ll take photos next week. Always uplifting as I walk home in the dark, or rather, to the metro station after work on cold winter nights. Our company Christmas party – cancelled last year due to Covid – is scheduled for December 9 (but could be cancelled yet again … due to Covid.)
I actually had a tiny drama when I went to my local hair salon and walked out with orange-colored hair. This is not the first time this has happened to me. I paid a lot of money, sat there from 2 pm to 5 pm, and walked out a very dissatisfied client. But what peeved me more than the hair is the fact that the French never apologize. They should learn to do so, it would make for improved customer relations. Where does this non-apologizing come from … do they learn it in nursery school? I say that because it seems to be ingrained, I’ve come across it time and again. As I sat in the chair with two hairstylists standing behind me – all of us looking at the horrific highlights one of them had done – and me saying “But it’s fluorescent colored!”, the apology I was waiting for was unforthcoming.
All they said was – “Can you come in again tomorrow?” They’re going to try to fix it. As if I have nothing else to do with my weekends.
As much as I deeply dislike Boris (Bojo) Johnson, I have to agree with him concerning the migrant crisis. From the French shores, thousands of migrants – aided and exploited by smugglers – attempt to cross the English Channel in unsafe dinghies, small boats and rafts in order to reach Britain. Many of them die. What I don’t understand is – why are they so eager to go to Britain? Is it because they speak English, and not French, and can therefore find work and integrate more easily? If it’s to join family members, then surely a family repatriation scheme would be better than risking their lives in a dinghy to join them.
Bojo sent a letter to President Macron saying it was France’s responsibility to monitor and detain migrants from crossing the Channel, and asked him to take back the migrants who have freshly-arrived in Britain. France’s reaction, or rather, non-reaction vis-à-vis the migrants, especially in the winter months, is lamentable. Their non-reaction is like the non-apology: aloof and circumspect. Non-committal.
Miffed now because of the letter, French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, told Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, that she was no longer welcome at Sunday’s European meeting on migrant issues after 27 people died making the English Channel crossing on Wednesday. Completely counter-productive.
Here’s an article in The Guardian about the conditions migrants live in, where they’re from and what their hopes are –