FRANCE: Maréchal, nous voilà!
There is some good news however. Phoenix-like, Maréchal, nous voilà! has made something of a comeback. During labor unrest, the opening lines of the song were changed to "Raffarin, nous voilà!" a reference to the current French prime minister, and was belted out by the strikers in front of his residence. Unfortunately, in a world dominated by the generation of '68 and Mr Bush's "you're with us or against us" government, (yes, both the politically-correct, capitalist right and socialist left) the right to one's own opinions, and in particular the ability to simply discuss the pros and cons of a major political figure like Henri-Philippe Pétain is becoming increasingly dangerous. Happily, as the "arrêt" of the court in Strasbourg shows, some real democrats, who refuse to forget what Pétain tried to do for France in its darkest hour, have protected this precious right to defend him.