Tuesday, October 19, 2010

While you're waiting...

...just know that all of us here in France are waiting as well. Waiting for things to settle down and see what the outcome is, that is.

You may have heard about it on the news or read about it in the paper, but in case you haven't, France is on strike. It's been going on since September and originally it was about the change in the retirement age in France, though I now personally suspect it's about more than just that.

We've had teachers on strike so no school and the trains and metros on strike so no transport in the bigger cities. We've had the truckers on strike blocking the motorways and the high-school students on strike worried about their retirement (though I'll go out on a limb here and say that, although I do not consider myself right-wing, I do think they should try working a day first before worrying about retiring, but of course, maybe I'm just old!).

Needless to say, it's a bit of a mess. And now we have petrol shortages, though the government, up until today says not. Just for fun and just so you can all see what the petrol shortages mean, here is a little map of many of the stations in France where you CANNOT purchase petrol.

Fortunately my weekly driving is fairly limited and thus so too is my consumption as we don't know when this is going to go back to normal. And fortunately for me too, we live right next to the border with Belgium which seems to be slightly calmer despite their own political issues. They may not have a government, but they do have petrol and they do have a working post office (that I dutifully visit at least once a week).

So while we may enjoy fine wines and flavourful cheeses, there is at times a price to pay for all of that and at the moment, it would seem we're paying it!

PS - my apologies for any delayed shipments... I hope you understand!

3 comments:

Anzouya said...

Oh, wow! I totally understand you. We have experienced the same difficult situation here in Greece for over a month! It was nerve-breaking! Nothing was working, everything was paralyzed, even the Super Markets were running out of products! People have rights and it's good to fight for what you believe, but it's not fair for all the innocent people.
I hate talking about politics!
Be patient, this can't go on forever.

Anzouya said...

Oh, wow! I totally understand you. We have experienced the same difficult situation here in Greece for over a month! It was nerve-breaking! Nothing was working, everything was paralyzed, even the Super Markets were running out of products! People have rights and it's good to fight for what you believe, but it's not fair for all the innocent people.
I hate talking about politics!
Be patient, this can't go on forever.

vadjutka said...

I understand you completly!

Just to give another point of view: ppl in France can unite for their interest and they can fight for it _together_. The emphasis is on together, because for example Hungarians are so very shortsighted and egost, that they cannot even organize a real strike for their own interest and ppl just cannot bear if they have to suffer a bit, so they do not support strikers. (Not even if it would be for their long-term interest):-((((

So I admire French ppl for being able to do something together.