What to believe? The world doesn’t understand the French rebellion. We the French people aren’t sure of what’s happening in our country. If there are between 1 and 3 millions persons in the streets, it is not only against the CPE: this is a protest against a blind and deaf government, a protest against a society where money is more important than health, education and culture. We refuse this kind of society.
Is this refusal utopist? Yes.
Is this movement democratic? No.
But what is democracy? The worst of systems, except all others. Democracy is the expression of the voice of the people. And our voice isn’t heard by our government, chosen by a president elected by 19.88% of voters at the first round, lowest score for an exiting president. The government didn’t consult any labour union, doesn’t listen to polls that disapprove the CPE: is it democratic?
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1793:
“35. When the government violates the rights of the people, insurrection is for the people and for each portion of the people the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties.”
This article reflects French spirit, explain our continual protestation. Strikes and demonstrations are a manner to balance the power between government and active minority. The demonstrations of the black Tuesday, the 28th March and 4th April 2006, was a balance between a non representative minority and an unwanted government.
So the movement isn’t democratic. But we are utopist. Not in our revindications, which are totally materialist, but we demonstrate because we always hope for a pacific revolution that could bring humanistic values. The youth local initiatives multiply in several place: blockades of La Sorbonne in Paris, debate and occupations in Nantes’ universities, place of exchanges in St Nazaire…
And our demand is simple: To live. Have time.
Not to be governed by companies, but by a political representation democratic and independent, which give us health, education and culture. Not only be considered by work but by our personal value. Not a society based on egoism but on solidarity.