United States Secretary of State John Kerry came to Paris to offer a “hug” (câlin) to our “great friend and first ally” and physically demonstrate to France that we are all together in the “war” against terrorism.
As many of you know, the French — and I’m told some Americans, understandably — were miffed/angry that the United States did not send a high government official to the million-plus march in Paris last Sunday.
Because Kerry speaks excellent French he was the perfect envoy to smooth over any misunderstandings.
Sadness reigns here though. The final funeral in France, that of the editor of Charlie Hebdo, was celebrated this week. The body of the young policewoman who was killed will be sent back to her family in Martinique.
French president François Hollande daily encourages everyone to fight back by picking up their lives and going about the quotidian with purpose. He even suggested, or at least that’s what one television newscast told us, that everyone should go out and hit the soldes. After the horrific attacks, no one wanted to buy anything or even think about finding some special something on the markdown racks. Sales were down over 20 percent.
A demain mes très, très, chers amis.