March 18, 1871, enraged Paris, revolted Paris

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Let us first admit a renunciation: this chronicle results from a hesitation. For several weeks, the date of March 18, 1871, and the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, justified revisiting this revolutionary episode that part of the French left continues to consider as a founder.

Then the news almost took everything. See French cinema sinking, during the traditional Caesars ceremony on March 12, in a protest and scatological chaos justified entering the keyboard. It is impossible not to find, in the midst of a pandemic, proof of the general collapse of part of the subsidized French culture, drowned in ridicule by dint of incantations and provocations. It is also difficult to support the comparison, between these Caesars tragically folded in on themselves and their misfortune, while the Spanish Goya ceremony had the good taste to invite on stage, to present her most prestigious award, a nurse representing the nursing staff. But what else to say if not a form of disgust? The France of the arts, and especially that of the seventh art, does not grow when it indulges in this mixture of victimization and voyeurism. “The art of being French” sank, that evening, into a frightening caricature…

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