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Those of us in France right now: How are you dealing with the… 
21st-Nov-2007 12:14 am
Those of us in France right now: How are you dealing with the strikes?

I would be fine with just a transportation strike. That's easy to deal with. But the other thing that's crippling me personally is the student strikes. I'm a foreign student at University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis, and the students there have been on strike since Monday last week. While I understand the reason for these student strikes (and would possibly be in support of them if I was born French), I'm feeling a bit cheated because I haven't had any classes for a week and a half now and it's in those classes that I was learning the most French. Most likely I'll return home at the end of this semester without any credits as well. So frustrating

So let's share some stories, opinions, and straight out rants if you feel like it. I'd be interested to hear other people's stories.
21st-Nov-2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
This thread is amazing to me. I can't figure how you would consider those events an inconvenience. I went through number of those periods and they were some of the best times of my life. For a few weeks you do not have to be one of the cogs of the machine anymore, you can watch events unfold out of your own free wills and the free will of your fellow students. This is your one chance in life to take a break from the rat race. Seize it. You do not have to confront the Police, as fun as that could be. Go hang around the occupied amphitheaters. Read the fliers and try to feel the amazing energy that motivates those strikes. Sit on an Assemblee Generale and try to figure out what the debates are about. Find a pretty anarchist girl to fall in love with, or a fun student leader to get drunk with. Take pictures of the beautiful people marching on the street.

Jouissez sans entraves!
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