Just got back from François Hollande’s victory rally at the Bastille. I went to a results rally near Saint-Germain at 8, and it was amazing to see the thousands of people who were all together to support the same thing. I got chills when I heard the crowd cheer together for the first time.
When it was announced that he won, everyone started popping champagne and jumping around. People started shouting “To the Bastille!”, what a uniquely Parisian exclamation. And to the Bastille we went. A lot of the crowd just walked there all together, taking over the neighboring streets. I opted for public transportation as I had poorly chosen my shoes and, let’s face it, am really lazy.
The bastille was even more crowded than Saint-Germain. There was a huge stage set up and some French singer was going to perform at 11. I didnt stick around much longer as my feet felt like they were on fire (fun related anecdote, on the way home a guy was smoking on the metro, lovely, and burned my thigh.)
The atmosphere tonight in Paris is infectious. You can’t help but feel hopeful for the five years to come…