Witnessing a Protest in Paris

While in my short trip to Paris, I got the rare opportunity to see a protest in action. The protest sort of found me because as we were walking along, the street we needed to go up had been completely closed off for this protest. I’ve never seen this before. In the US, you can pretty much go and have a picnic alongside the protest as long as neither gets in the other’s way. But given the fact that the French now have racist, anti-immigrant, non-French native, drunkard Sarkozy in office, they take any and all protests very seriously. Obviously nobody wants what happened in Paris awhile back to engulf the city again.
Now, I should say at this point that there were around 20 people in this protest. It was so painfully small that I realized I’ve had house parties that were bigger. But, there they were, the police, ringing the perimeter. Some 30 cops keeping in some 20 people. Really sends a message about how free your speech is. Sure, you can have your protest. No one will see it, but you can have it.
And hey, just for kicks, some more Sarkozy criticism
Witnessing a Protest in Paris