14 Juillet: The people are revolting (funny video)

Yes, it’s that day of the year again, Bastille Day, the 14th of July – French Independence Day.

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It’s possible that the truth was just slightly different than portrayed in Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part I, but who can say for sure?


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  • Hue-Man

    “Sarkozy is currently at the centre of a series of corruption
    investigations, including alleged illegal campaign funding from Gaddafi
    and the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/08/nicolas-sarkozy-storms-back-tirade

  • voltronforce

    Isn’t the one that came after him also under investigation lol

  • Hue-Man

    “On 15 December 2011, Chirac was found guilty in two related cases,
    involving 19 totally or partially fake jobs paid by the city of Paris,
    which he led as Paris mayor from 1977 to 1995 but created for the
    benefit of the RPR Party. He was convicted of embezzling public funds,
    abuse of trust, and illegal conflict of interest.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Chirac#Accused_of_corruption.2C_convicted

  • voltronforce

    Wasn’t Chirac convicted of committing crimes?

  • Hue-Man

    “Mohamed (Moh) Chelali, MB, is an Algerian-born Canadian teacher and politician. He holds degrees in engineering, business, and education. Chelali currently teaches the French language in schools in the New Westminster, BC district.

    On July 14, 2002, he was one of three civilians who overpowered a gunman attempting to assassinate French President Jacques Chirac during Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Chelali was awarded the French Legion of Honour and the Canadian Medal of Bravery for his actions.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh_Chelali

    I think I was in Paris at the time but not at the parade. I’d forgotten his name and was trying to find a link in English or French. The attack itself was shocking but that an Algerian/Canadian civilian was the one who prevented the assassination was even more shocking, particularly when the elite of the French military were on display.

    “Un homme a été interpellé dimanche en possession d’une carabine à l’arrivée du président Jacques Chirac près de l’Arc de Triomphe. Il s’agit “un militant d’extrême droite”, a déclaré le ministre de l’Intérieur, Nicolas Sarkozy, à la garden-party de l’Elysée.” http://www.kabyle.com/forum/threads/3162-Un-militant-d-extr%C3%AAme-droite-tire-au-passage-de-Chirac (Quoting an AFP article. Avoid the very racist comments.)

  • voltronforce

    The French Monarchy was less corrupt than their current politicians.

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