Nuit Debout Protests in France

Nuit DeboutAfter French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was chased from the Place de la Républic in Paris amid insults by members of the Nuit Debout movement, he and others have called the protesters undemocratic. Nuit Debout highlights just how divided France is. The daily Swiss Le Temps comments:

Its increasingly radical nature is exposing cracks that the French political and intellectual system is no longer able to repair…. A month after its inception, Nuit Debout embodies the flip side of the French Republic a year before the presidential elections of 2017. Part of France’s youth, tired of broken promises, is tempted by radicalism. And a radical leftist fringe entertains the myth of a new dawn. A large part of the right, by contrast, wants order more than anything else.

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One response to “Nuit Debout Protests in France

  1. Michael Gundy

    Desmond Tutu remarked that “oppression is to speak as if the other has no voice”. Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit “Danny the Red” in 1968 and later, also engaged in violence rather than dialogue, so it seems that Nuit Debout continues the French tradition of youthful oppression.