Paris is burning

Paris is burning. In school, they taught us Rome was burning when Nero was playing the fiddle. So, is anybody playing the fiddle in Paris? Besides the French Government …which was last seen playing second fiddle.

Is Paris still the fashion capital? Nobody walks the ramp now a days. The last man who walked became a petrol bomb victim and now limps on the ramp. In short, Paris is no longer fashionable.

Of course, there is another school of thought, which believes that the French capital is still the fashion capital of the World. Just that the stakes have changed and it is now more fashionable to carry a leather bag full of stones to throw at the police…or a petrol bomb for the cars…

The French, known worldwide for their interest in wine are now whining and dining. Some blame the newfound interest in whining on the on-going politics. Some blame it on the riots that have flared in and around Paris, France. At last count 300 cities in France have been brought to a standstill due to riots. For a more clearer picture Click Here.

There is a river called Seine in Paris. Needless to say, it has a Left Bank and a Right Bank. And coincidently…the Left Bank is on the left side of the river while the Right Bank is on the right side of the river. And why are we talking of the river Seine? Because…the French have now Seine it…done it.

France was the last country I expected to go rioting. After all, they are considered the most refined. Well….at least the most refined drinkers. Alas, the last frontier has fallen.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has said Curfews would be the order of the day. Well, a few curfews.

One important fact, which stands out and interests the Indians is that after a week of rioting…the first life was lost only yesterday. That too…a 61 year old man who couldn`t hold it till he was taken to the hospital. In a week`s riot in India….we would have easily managed 5,50,076 people …give or take 10,000. Lazy French!

The French PM has promised to bring in 9,500 policemen to control the rioting. What a shame…that`s what we get to protect Jayalalitha`s house in Poes Garden, Chennai.

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