[extropy-chat] French marchers say 'non' to 2007

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Mon Jan 1 10:04:23 UTC 2007


French marchers say 'non' to 2007

Hundreds of protestors in France have rung in the New Year by holding a
light-hearted march against it.

Parodying the French readiness to say "non", the demonstrators in the
western city of Nantes waved banners reading: "No to 2007" and "Now is

The marchers called on governments and the UN to stop time's "mad race"
and declare a moratorium on the future.

The protest was held in the rain and organisers joked that even the
weather was against the New Year.

The tension mounted as the minutes ticked away towards midnight - but the
arrival of 2007 did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm.

The protesters began to chant: "No to 2008!"

They vowed to stage a similar protest on 31 December 2007 on the
Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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