Sunday, July 15

France, Finally Showing Its Class, Wears World Cup Crown


France’s celebrates after winning the World Cup.
"France’s first goal came off a Croatian’s head. The second was scored with the aid of the Argentine referee, and became the first video-assistant-reviewed goal in World Cup history. But the next two — hard low shots by the young French stars Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé — confirmed what everyone knew even before France polished off its 4-2 victory on Sunday: France was the best team in the field this summer in Russia, and for that reason its team — a potent mix of greatness, grit and good fortune — is the world champion again. The title is France’s second and the first since it won on home soil in 1998, and it ended a thrilling run by Croatia. The Croats survived three consecutive extra-time games and two penalty shootouts to reach their first final, and they even had the better of the game on Sunday. ..."
NY Times
Aljazeera: France beat Croatia to win World Cup 2018
Guardian: France 4 - 2 Croatia
YouTube: France vs croatia 4-2 ¶¶ hightlight all goals final

Henry Singleton, "The Storming of the Bastille."
"Today people all over the world celebrate the 1789 storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine — a dramatic popular rebellion that sparked the French Revolution. But what was the French Revolution, how did it reshape Europe and the world, and what relevance does it have to the workers’ movement today? Here’s a short primer, lovingly compiled by Jacobin to mark the occasion. What was the French Revolution? The French Revolution was one of the most dramatic social upheavals in history. In 1856, French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville reviewed the so-called “grievance books” — lists of demands made by the various social layers of France in anticipation of the Estates-General, the assembly that would undermine Louis XVI’s reign and lead ultimately to revolution. What he discovered startled him. ..."
Jacobin: A Guide to the French Revolution
Jacobin: Yes, the French Revolution Was Necessary
The Nation - ‘The Social Ladder Is Broken’: Hope and Despair in the French Banlieues
The France of No Tomorrow