Thank you to all of you who called, sent e mails and texted messages from Germany, Italy, Mexico, the USA, Great Britain, New Zealand and China. Each little message is like one of the thousand candles lit in the city of Paris on Saturday night, it is the proof that we still breathe, think and fight.
Famous French pianist and conductor Bruno Rigutto was saying on France Musique Radio Saturday morning, that only culture (and music especially) could save us from the savages who committed these crimes. Culture, the main focus of this blog and my passion.
So many stories have filtered from friends in one week end. The friend who lives next door to the Carillon café and leaves her keys to the wonderful Algerian owner. Her daughter saw everything from the window and she could not get back home. The girlfriend who arrived late at Stade de France because she had an accident on the way. At 9.20pm, she is presenting her tickets at the entrance and she hears a first detonation followed by two more. By that time she decides to go home and feels that maybe she should of helped in some way. Well no Emilie, you were right to leave.
My niece Colombe and her husband Patrick were attending the performance of « Ca ira(1) Fin de Louis » at Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre. The play by Joël Pommerat, concentrates on the fundamentals of Democracy and the first years of the French Revolution. A four hour political play, where protagonists are seated among the public and dressed in today’s clothes. No decor, only the presence of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, the “Tiers Etat” (the future National Assembly). Everyone debates of the freedom of the people and the unavoidable violence in order to reach democracy. During the second intermission, at 10 pm, the first text messages arrive with the horrific news. The theatre is full. And the play resumes. Terrorism, violence, religion, are all part of the text. They are a cruel echo to what is going on outside.
At midnight, everyone leaves the theatre, subways are closed, there are no taxis and no Uber cars. “We have to jump into the nearest hotel and spend the night there with a large part of the cast and many friends. Debates go on until 3 am in front of TV. Actor Yannick Choirat, who plays Louis XVI th ‘s finance minister, reminds us of the last sentence in the play when the king tells his entourage « Ca ira, vous verrez, ça ira… » (things will be ok, you’ll see) while the angry people of Paris are nearing Versailles. Every night, the public had laughed at his naiveté. Tonight nobody laughed… we were witnessing the end of a world that was no more.” The terrorists attacked our youth in a concert hall and at café terraces on Friday night. they aimed at the trendiest night spots and bo-bo hang outs. Most of the deads are under 40.
But life goes on in Paris, we will always be here to welcome you, when you come and visit!
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