There is a vacancy for one or two new members – contact our leader Pam on 01621 783453 if you are interested. Look at some of my earlier reports to see the range of subjects we have covered.
On 17th may we read and translated an article about the present day heritage of the widespread French demonstrations of May 1968 involving many sectors of the economy, with reference to President Macron’s difficult position in deciding how to mark the 50th anniversary bearing in mind the opposition to his own proposed reforms. To lighten the intellectual load at this session we also had a short story connected with the 1968 uprising and a short humorous comment on the benefits of Champagne.
As I have been away for four weeks there were a number of meetings about which I have no information.
At the next meeting I attended we read and translated an article about the French reaction to the #MeToo movement and its relevance to the reputation or perhaps reality of France as “le Pays de l’amour”. In October 2017 a French journalist living in New York Set up a new hashtag #balancetonporc which produced a strong reaction with many reports of personal experiences of sexual misconduct (800,000 in February 2018).
However the conclusion of the article was that in France little had changed: to please, seduce, flirt are simple and spontaneous pleasures. The content of the article resulted in a lively exchange of views among our group.
At the next meeting we read and translated another of Guy de Maupassant’s short stories – The Child – about a father’s great distress at the death of his beloved wife in childbirth resulting in his treating their newborn child with excessive affection, followed by his emotional turmoil on discovering that his friend was the child’s father.