Thursday, April 12, 2007

Darfur and Deneuve

Tonight Socialist candidate Segolene Royal plead that French President Jacques Chirac do more to protest the ethnic violence in the western Darfur region of Sudan.

"Nobody will be able to say: 'We didn't know'. Nobody will be able to say: 'We did not see it coming, we were taken by surprise'. It is time that a voice rises to break the silence, this silence of indifference and shame and this voice, I want it to be ours.

I solemnly ask the president of the Republic to more strongly raise the voice of France to affect the decisions, to obtain humanitarian corridors to allow to reach to the populations in distress. I ask, and I plead, for the protection of the displaced people and the fight against impunity.

France of freedom, the equality, fraternity cannot keep itself silent any longer compared to this drama! (...) There is indeed a situation which runs up against the universal conscience and France must be in the forefront, France of the French revolution."

In slightly different news, over 8000 French have signed a petition that rails against the "misogynous" treatement of Royal over the past few months. For those like I who need to look up the word, "misogyny" is "a hatred of women". Among the petition's supporters include French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau.

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