FRANCE: Sorcerer's Apprentice

A young mother, stranded in Paris' Gare de l'Est by striking railway workers, slept with her three children in the stalled train. Since she had only 200 francs (57¢) to feed her brood, she went a whole day without eating anything herself. Another young woman, waxing indignant over the mother's plight, was asked if she blamed the government or the strikers for the mess. She answered: "Ni I'un ni I'autre; c'est moche, c'est tout [Neither of them; it's lousy, that's all]."

"I Say No." That seemed to be the prevailing, resigned mood as...

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