Bordeaux: A viral video of a couple in Bordeaux, France, calmly enjoying glasses of wine while chaos ensued around them has sparked a conversation about the French spirit.
The couple was seen ignoring a nearby fire started by protesters as they savored their evening drinks. The video quickly gained traction on social media, with many calling it “the most French thing ever.”
The chaos in Bordeaux was part of a larger demonstration against a reservoir in rural France, which saw around 1,500 “violent activists” take part. Now, senior police officers are concerned that these same activists will join a larger march in Paris today against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
The fear is that the demonstration could turn violent, as many of these activists have a history of aggression and violence during protests. In response, the government has deployed thousands of police officers to control the situation and prevent any damage or harm to civilians.
The retirement age has been a point of contention in France for some time, with many believing that raising it would be detrimental to workers and the economy. Macron’s proposal has been met with backlash from many different groups, including unions and opposition parties.
The French spirit, however, is one of resilience and defiance in the face of adversity. The viral video of the couple in Bordeaux serves as a reminder of this spirit, as they remained unfazed by the chaos around them and continued to enjoy their evening as they saw fit.
As the protests continue and tensions rise, it remains to be seen how the situation will unfold. But one thing is for certain: the French people will continue to fight for what they believe is right, and will do so with their characteristic passion and determination.