It’s a moment of reckoning again. Or not.
The current furore surrounding the French political ‘earthquake’ – brought about by significant far-right party gains in recently held European elections – seems to be the cusp of one of many moments of ‘reckoning’ that have shaped French political life and Parisian history.
Indeed, the theme of ‘reckoning’ appears at many key turning points in the dynamic trajectory of French (and Parisian) history.
There are a few, striking images that come to mind in reflecting upon the theme of ‘reckoning’ in French political life:
Place de la Bastille
It is a poignant monument within the city that signifies this theme of ‘reckoning’ in Parisian history and French political life. It symbolizes not only a moment of reckoning for the old order but also one of redemption. It is as much a symbol of the Parisian bourgeoisie’s determination to dismantle a system that was no…
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