That’s What Friends Are For

Posted by John Rosenthal

Today is the annual “Fête de la Musique” in France – a hugely popular publicly-funded outdoor music festival. As reported here [link in French], participants all across the country will be invited at 9 PM sharp to intone together George Brassens’ sentimental favorite “Les copains d’abord” – roughly, “Your Pals Come First” – in honor of none other than Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun.

Florence et Hussein

In place of informed debate on the highly questionable foreign policy orientations of its government, a once great nation is being offered infantilizing kitsch – and it is not the first time. Perhaps they can also have a go at Bert and Ernie’s

Bert et Ernie

timeless classic "But I Like You" [real audio sample!].

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