Today is December 7. In most parts of the globe this is just an ordinary day. Alas, here in France, today could signal the demise of the country's banking system. A footballer, Eric Cantona, has called upon the nation's citizens to withdraw their funds from the banks today to create a tangible revolution against the system. According to Facebook, he has quite a following not only here, but beyond France's borders as well.
Not too long ago, French citizens took to the streets protesting a pension reform that pushed the retirement age from 60 to 62. Not surprisingly, the weeks of disruption did little to influence the government. The bill passed. Mr. Cantona reckons the banks are the core of the system.
While I am grateful for the freedom that allows people to voice their joy and disdain against the powers that be, the French are only too happy to paralyze the country multiple times throughout the year, often with little results except bad press in international circles. Only a handful of days separate us from the long-awaited Christmas holidays . . . and now this.
Good thing the shopping season started well in October. But what shall we eat if there is no money? Oh, I know! Let us eat cake!!