I agree, it’s a pleasure to read a topic that’s so interesting and with such polite points of view. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up closed due to the fact it is less and less pokemon-related
And if you’re interested, I’ll just try to nuance (I don’t know if this is the right verb, sorry) the relation French people have with the government.
It’s true that there are frequent protestations against the government, often associated with the French national sport : stroke (it’s only a cliché when a stranger says it). But things have been a bit different for the last couple of years.
To keep it simple, our previous PM has been using (abusing of ?) an article of the constitution stating that he can order a law against the people’s will. While it is necessary to have such methods in case of emergency (especially in France, where it can be really hard to obtain a general approval), I think that was the moment people started to feel kinda useless. If you add two deceiving successive presidents, you obtain the weird situation we’re having, with people having absolutely no interest in politic. While there are and will be protestations, less and less people are getting involved and the sentence “yeah we’re protesting but no one cares and the government doesn’t listen to us” as become quite representative of the state of mind. Worse (to me at least), the election participation rate is falling drastically, with sometimes 50% of people not voting.
I know from the outside French can give the impression of being always on the verge of revolution (I’m voluntarily exaggerating), people here feels rather hopeless. But maybe it’s very subjective and relative to my area, and if someone disagree please tell !
Well that was longer than I expected, if someone read all of that I hope you find that interesting