Politics in France is pretty much the same as it is in America. Just a bunch of people criticizing each other constanly, leading to an eternal status quo…. Except that in France, changes usually happen (or don’t happen) in the middle of protest cries and strike-driven paralytic chaos. President Sarkozy had his share of demonstrations and controversy. Despite his short height, our president has a fiery personnality and is not unanimly liked.
That’s why I received mixed comments from friends when I told them I got to go to the President’s new year’s tea party. Some asked me how I could even consider going, others where pretty envious…. But the truth is that my excitement about attending this party was mostly about the idea of visiting for the first time the Elysée Palace (the presidential residence) and spending a fun afternoon with my mom.
And a great afternoon we had. We got there around 3pm, walked around and took countless photos and mingled a little bit with some of my mom’s coworkers. Around 4, Sarkozy appeared, made his speech and we then enjoyed the buffet of Champagne and hors d’oeuvres….
It was night time by the time we left. But we thought the party couldn’t end…. No, no, Champagne wasn’t enough…. I have to tell you that one of my New year’s resolution was to not drink wine for a month. Well, Champagne ain’t wine, my friends. Mixed drinks aren’t either 😉
So we headed to Harry’s bar, a well known american bar here in Paris. It is quite a small place, but the atmosphere is pretty neat, and the cocktails are great. They have american university flags all over the place. Sadly, I didn’t find UT… But a cosmopolitan found me….
It was a great day!