Paris Against Trump
American expats and tourists, French allies and progressives from around the world came together in Paris on the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2016, to protest the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
A large and vocal crowd denounced the extreme-right-wing politics of racism, hate and division that drove Trump's campaign and that are nakedly on display in the grab-bag of white supremacists, anti-Semites, misogynists homophobes, transphobes, climate-change denialists and corporate lobbyists he is naming to his administration.
Many French people were there not to engage in U.S.–bashing, but to support the more than half of the United States who voted against Trump.
Signs carried by many people made it clear that our French friends are terrified that their country will be next, with the odious leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, poised to make it into the run-off in the French presidential election next year. Le Pen was one of the first to leap onto to Twitter to congratulate Trump — even before the final election results were announced in the U.S. (G. Koskovich)
"Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. You in America will see that some day. Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail. The truth is that men are tired of liberty. Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts."
- Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, "Il Duce", 1883-1945