Monday, May 07, 2007

Street cleaning

So France's new president is Nicolas Sarkozy. Hardly surprising as polls always gave him as the winner. Remembering the declaration he made back in 2005 when he was Interior Minister, promising to perform a Kärcher cleaning of Paris's suburbs (a figurative image meaning ridding the area of its unruly elements) - a declaration that inflamed the youth and generated weeks of riots, I thought appropriate, on the first day after his election, to show how Sydney's streets are cleaned.
This photo was taken last Friday at 8:30 a.m. Notice on the right the young boy on his way to school in his blue and black uniform. At the back is the Harlequin Inn, "Australia's greatest rugby pub". As a general rule would you rather talk sports or politics?

C'est donc Nicolas Sarkozy, sans surprise puisque les sondages l'ont toujours donné vainqueur. En souvenir de la promesse que notre nouveau président de la république, à l'époque ministre de l'intérieur, avait fait en 2005 de nettoyer les banlieues au Kärcher, j'ai eu envie de montrer comment les rues de Sydney sont nettoyées. Il est 8h30 du matin, noter à droite le jeune garçon en route pour l'école dans son uniforme bleu et noir . A l'arrière plan on distingue le Harlequin Inn, un grand pub pour amoureux de rugby. En général vous préférez parler sport ou politique ?

23 comments:

Kate said...

I'm a bit surprised that he won because of his stance on immigrants, esp. the males. I thought that they would storm the polls.

Your photo is highly symbolic.

Nathalie said...

Kate - immigrant workers, unless they are French citizens, don't vote. And yes, my photo is highly symbolic, it was meant to be. No immigrant street sweeper here but a brand new cleaning vehicle.

Zsolt said...

ohh it looks sooo cute:)we have similar machines but this one looks more cute

Cergie said...

Nathalie, ton passage ce matin sur cergipontin m'a mise en joie !
Tu parles de LIBERTE dans ton commentaire chez moi et heureusement que les talus n'attendent pas la liberté des urnes, ou du moins le libéralisme des urnes pour faire leur TRAVAIL (autre valeur chère) : ils vivent et poussent et montent à graine indifférents aux longs WE du 1er et du 8 mai comme le peuple de France
Quelle torpeur on sent en ce moment chez ce peuple qui profite de ses ACQUITS sociaux, (moi la première) et qui a bien raison (de profiter)...
Je te fais juste un petit coucou car j'ai mon frère et ma belle soeur jusqu'à demain, j'ai juste ouvert l'ordi pour voir ce qu'on va faire aujourd'hui
(Ceci dit mon frère et ma belle soeur exerce une profession lLIBERALE tous les deux !!! Ils ont tout de même pris le temps d'arrêter de TRAVAILLER)
Je repasserai demain te voir je pense
Passe une bonne journée ou plutôt une bonne nuit

Cergie said...

Elle est "belle comme un camion" cette balayeuse des rues assortie à la façade en arrière plan

Terra Vecchia said...

et oui Karcherisons...

et vive le liberalisme ras le bol des assistés(e)...

Peter said...

Yes "Sarko" was elected. Fortunately I did not have to vote, being one of those immigrants.

Nothing to do with my political convictions (which remain secrete), but I agree it would have been nice to have a Lady President! Maybe next time, the same or another lady.

Mandi said...

Very nice street cleaning machine. It's good that Australians take pride in keeping the country clean.

Olivier said...

Oui, Sarkozy a gagne....no comment.

bonne idee pour balayer les rues, mais elle me semble bien grande, par sur qu'elle passe dans certaine petite rue parisienne.

Tu as oublies le vin ;o)

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I have to admit that I well remember when Mitterand won against any prediction. So, in my heart, I hoped French people would disprove exit poll. As Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) said (in very simple words): "Well now it's your turn, so go on to show what you're able to do"

kris said...

erm, perhaps he could create jobs by hiring more street cleaners :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. I am happy the person won the election for the majority. I had hoped a lady might win but then I knew absolutely nothing about her politics, just that a female can surely do no harm and might do some good, politics aside. Anyway, I liked your "theme" today. It was very thought provoking.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments about my Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. I am into architecture today with the Brookville Community Theatre.

Kate said...

Nathalie, thanks for your comments. I was of the understanding that enough of the immigrants had become citizens or were children of immigrants and were eligible to vote thus affecting the outcome, but I guess I was wrong!

M.Benaut said...

It's good to see the streets of Sydney being Sarko'd.

That is easier to say than, "Sydney streets being - Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa'd."

richard said...

Well I'll bypass the French elections. The photo reminded me that I wanted to be a train driver (of course) when I was little. If I was little today I think I'd want to drive one of these instead

Maxime said...

Encore une belle rencontre : l'enfant regarde la balayeuse, comme moi même, lorsque j'avais son age, les voitures de pompiers.
La part du rêve, c'est cela qui me fait avancer, pas des réponses simplistes à des situations compliquées.

NDS said...

what cute little feet that street cleaner has. Isn't it fun to come across something like this when you are out and about with a camera?

Sally said...

Cute, yes, and apt.

But nowhere near as graphic as the sign on this cleaning machine I snapped in Paris last year:

http://ims1.ballofdirt.com/view/e2891b797f2d501cdb5672e0487bd2ffd9a717cacb40e9d6e7db0ea94104409a7dbee013c36b6cbfbc3e9125345bdd7fdbbe0ff1219acd66

(copy and paste into browser - I have yet to work out how to do links!)

!!!!

Sally said...

Damn - didn't all come out.

Trying again:

http://www.ballofdirt.com/media/14097/188402/865371.html

Sally said...

Not having any luck - sorry:

[url]http://www.ballofdirt.com/media/14097/188402/865371.html[/url]

Nathalie said...

Wow Sally, that's a good one, thanks for the link!

Marguerite said...

J'avais bien compris ton message, c'est compliqué d'être à la fois pour la liberté et pour l'égalité.

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

Oh how I wish we had this kind of sweepers in La Antigua Guatemala. I choose politics over sports... but I am kind of weirdo.

Why can France be more like South America?