Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Police on Alert
Although I didn't go out and snap this photo early this morning, if you're walking around Paris today, particularly if you are anywhere between République and Nation, it's a safe bet that you will see a similar lineup of police vans. France's unions have called for a national day of action today to protest proposed reforms in the retirement system, voice fears about the future of public service, and express concerns about the ordinary Frenchman's power of the purse. I doubt that there will be any violence but that won't stop the police from suiting up in full riot gear: body armor, helmets, shields, the works. So if you see the cops, don't start worrying that it's Armageddon. It's just par for the course. And as for whether the manifestations will change public opinion or political outcomes, for that, we'll just have to wait and see.