La Vie Française
Being the news junkie that I am, I stumbled across this article "French forces storm ship". Knowing how dramatic and excitable the French can get I was intrigued to open.
After reading the whole article, I was brought right back to my days of living in France...and les grèves. It's a phenomenon that Americans struggle to understand, "strikes". Sure, sure we have our share of teachers striking at the start of every school year but nothing compares to the French grève. Before moving to France, I had heard tales from others who ventured across the pond and had dealt with the French tendency to basically wage "war" on the government until they got their way. I swear, if you pulled any of those stunts here you would be dubbed a threat to the United States of America before you could say put me on that Terrorist List so I can't board planes...
A French grève will disrupt your day to day life more than you ever thought was possible. What do you mean public transportation is down today?? The trains aren't running?? How is that possible. While living in Marseille, France I was unlucky to experience a few of these upsets. The worst was when the Garbage men of Marseille went on strike in May. If any of you are familiar with the South of France in May... it's HOT. Let me tell you, the combination of heat, garbage, and strike are lethal. The smell was horrendous. I guess they proved their point though... Ahhh give them whatever they want! Just make that smell go away!