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N’Importe Quoi Photos of the Week: Messy Parade

Trashed street

They gathered at the Place d’Italie starting at 10am, with their frites-merguez stands, giant balloons, and flatbed-mounted sound systems blasting out music.

They filed past my window chanting into their bull horns, setting flares and small piles of garbage alight, and exploding loud fire crackers every few minutes until it finally passed at about 6:30pm.

protest march trash

This is my neighborhood in the wake of the march. The building I live in has been egged. The cinemas and most of the small shops were closed all day to avoid vandalism. It was nearly impossible to walk my dogs, who were already stressed out all day from the noise, worse than Bastille Day fireworks (and although it seemed pointless considering the amount of trash everywhere, I still picked up after my dogs, merci). It was also impossible to work. Some of us don’t get paid if we can’t work, ahem.

Protest march trash

And are these people going to come around and scrape off all of their stickers that ended up plastered all over the buildings, street signs, cars and shop windows on my street? Are they the ones who will pay to clean up the streets? Somehow I doubt that (my tax euros at work). It will probably take a Karcher to do the job. And I know what else they can do with one of those while they’re at it….



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  • I live just off the blvd Henri IV and we also get a front row seat for every manifestation. You have said exactly what I've been shouting about every single time there is a strike- people live here. These strikers spend the day having a party outside my window, taping up posters on every surface, leaving broken bottles in the street, and generally destroying the neighborhood. Then they go home, leaving the mess for us to enjoy. Having a complete disrespect for everyone else does not bring me over to their cause- even if I did think that they were striking for a good cause. You can't avoid the fact that there is no money for the government to pay for a retirement at 60, unless the money is taken from somewhere else.

  • Hey Heather,Have 3 nights planned in Paris in two weeks. Do you think the chaos will make navigating Paris too difficult? Is the Metro running properly? My SIL is visiting and wants to see Paris, but I'm not quite sure what we're getting into. Any insight you can provide would be extremely appreciated. Katy