Yesterday and Today
This is an undated postcard of Porte des Fours in La Roche sur Foron France. I’m guessing the photo was taken before WWI. Can you find the two people in the photo?
Here is a photo of Porte des Fours as it is today.
Strikes in France
Living in France one can’t escape the strikes occurring in the country over the last few months. The heart of the matter is the government’s planned (and then adopted) law to reform the retirement system. The main rallying cry is opposition to raising the retirement age from 60 to 62. The strikes went beyond a protest against this and become a general anti Nicolas Sarkozy movement. Eight strike days starting in early September, attracting between 1-3 million people taking to the streets each time, the number reported depends on the source. Whatever the numbers were, the movement was strong but not strong enough to stop the law from becoming a reality.
A friend of mine and her husband were interviewed by PRI's The World and gave their reaction to the recent strikes in France. It’s somewhat along the lines of what I experienced. I was caused little discomfort from the strikes other than my son missing one day of school because his teacher was on strike (happened last year too).
My French Class
I’m now partnering with My French Class a service for North American students wishing to learn French in France. My French Class is offering readers of Americans in France up to a €100 discount on their services. Indicate aminfr in the discount code area while applying online.
Skiing in Megeve
Just a reminder that my good friend, Mike Beaudet, aka Megeve Mike, is ready to help with your skiing needs. Should you be a beginner or advanced, Mike will make skiing even more enjoyable. Mike is based in Megeve very close to the Mont Blanc, for more info see - Ski Pros Megeve.