Monday, July 14, 2014

Joyeax anniversaire

The French celebrate Bastille Day, a day when a thousand armed Parisians stormed the Bastille, savagely murdered a half dozen guards, defaced their corpses, stuck heads on pikes -- all in order to seize arms and gunpowder for more such tumults. It would be as if this country had a national holiday to celebrate the L.A. riots. 
....Among the most famous slogans of the French Revolution is “Fraternity or death!” This was recast by Nicolas-Sébastien de Chamfort a satirist of the revolution, as: "Be my brother or I'll kill you." 
....The symbol of the French Revolution is the “national razor” – the guillotine [at which several leaders of the French Revolution met their ends]. 
Paris, when it sizzled.

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