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  •  Oh my - no I had not, (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks so much for sharing it.  Superb.

    I've spend a number of vacations walking and cycling through rural France, mostly in the south - where every town has a street or plaza named for him and visited Castres a couple of times - the place of his birth, where there is a museum dedicated to him.
    It occurs to me that you might possibly find this diary from earlier this year interesting.  As you likely know, at the time of his death, Jaures was trying desperately to prevent the outbreak of "la Grande Guerre" and to convince workers not to kill each other for the benefit of the bosses.  That provides a bit of a connection to the above diary.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 02:59:56 PM PST

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      In fact, Tuchman in one of her books talks about Jaures as the last chance to prevent the war.  He was respected by the German socialists, too.  And, there were those who believed that he could convince the workers on both sides that they had more in common against the capitalists.

      The last time I was in Paris my wife and I had just stopped in a cafe.  And, they we started walking and came by the cafe where he was assassinated.

      I had the good fortune of living over two years in France.  You are right that about how every town in France seems to have a place or street named for him.

      Brel's song is so good.

      Too bad we don't remember Debs in this way.

      Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

      by MoDem on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:01:47 PM PST

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      •  good fortune indeed! (0+ / 0-)

        I get over there as much as I can - about an annual 3-week trip.  Love the culture, the food, the countryside, the people.  Oh yeah - there's that wine too.  If I had figured this out at a younger age, would likely live there, but it's too hard to uproot now.  Sturggling for minimal functionality in the language - hard when you start from scratch past 50.
        And ditto about Debs - I have a copy of one of his campaign buttons that I put on at times during political season.

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:07:22 PM PST

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        •  I have more than functional ability (0+ / 0-)

          I had the good fortune of picking grapes en famille in the Gironde and the Charente.

          I met my German wife in a youth hostel.

          I got a degree teaching English as a second language because I thought I would be living in Germany.

          I think I can still leave and if things went bad last Tuesday I was going to explore the possibility.  I worry about health care, but I think I could live in either Germany (even Berlin) or France outside of Paris.

          Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

          by MoDem on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:42:41 PM PST

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