Saturday, December 21, 2013

Racist! Le Monde's Mandela Cartoon

 Xavier Gorce

• Hey, d'ja wanna buy a Mandela mug?
• Nope

• How 'bout a Mandela towel?
A Mandela tablecloth?

• Hold on, I got Mandela key chains, mousepads, USB keys, snow globes…

• I don't want any Mandela products

• Racist!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

D-Day and the Bridge of Hope

The first place on French soil liberated by the Allies on D-Day was the Gondrée café by Pegasus Bridge. Five months after the British glider troops took the bridge (after midnight on June 6, 1944), the café couple's daughter was born, and in the intervening 70 years, she has remained true to her roots, remaining in the café, which now doubles as a Pegasus Bridge museum, and greeting  all types of veterans and tourists on their visits to Normandy.

Now Françoise H. Gondrée has written a memoir of her life, Pegasus Bridge Le pont de l'espoir. Let's hope it is due to be translated so that an English-language version is available.