France is so fucking racist. It has always been, but the wave of extreme islamophobia is frankly alarming. Muslims are vilified in every article. They are constantly put together with ISIS, even if it is Muslims that are the most killed by this organization.
Mosques are being closed “for propagating extremist ideologies”, but we have a christian party and a christian movement that made extremely racist and homophobic comments and went marching in the street spreading hate, and still got away with it. Their churches didn’t close because they were propagating extreme ideologies. The mere concept of a christian political party in a laic country is a joke. Imagine the uproar an islamic political party would cause here?
We have holidays based on christian events. A few days ago everything was closed because of The Assumption of Mary. Everything is closed on Sundays, too. We remember that we are supposed to be a state not based on any religion only when it’s about harassing women in hijab. Veiled women are depicted as radicalized people trying to convert our poor french citizens, when they are the most targeted and harassed persons in this country.
Our media only picks the information that could make non-muslim french the most afraid possible, and ignores the rest. Everybody is talking about what happened on that beach, that fight between corsicans and muslims, but no newspaper is talking about how corsicans did a raid in neighborhoods with a strong muslim community.
Even the most “open minded”, left wing newspapers keep telling how muslim women are victims of their religion, keep talking about islam when they don’t know anything about this religion. Nobody asked the opinion of the women who MADE THE CHOICE to be veiled. Everybody assumes they are enslaved and our women’s rights minister is leading a war against them.
And I am only talking about islamophobia right now. If you knew the number of blackfaces, white washing, racist insults and racial discrimination you have to go through on a daily basis when you’re not white in France. The situation here is crazy, and NO ONE is talking about it. White french people just pretend they don’t see what’s happening or dismiss the experiences of french people of color.
I am really ashamed of this country and I don’t see a bright future for it.
Mon père dit que si aux prochaines élections le FN passe, on fera un réseau de résistance comme pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, genre on s'attaquera aux symboles, on fera des tags partout, on fera la grève tous les jours…. Ah, la résistance des pauvres gauchistes contre un pays qui tourne au n'importe quoi… J'aime.
see those authentic cafés with checkered tablecloth and well-dressed waiters? it’s a scam. always check the prices before sitting down – and if they try to force you to order something, just get up and leave, don’t stay because you feel bad
if it’s a bistro-style restaurant, look at the price of the burgers and tartare steak to judge. a burger should be under 14 euros a steak tartare under 16. my favorite is rue de l’arbre sec (ask for the gratin dauphinois)
water is always free in restaurants, so don’t order that expensive bottle of wine. if you want to drink some, buy it at a monoprix at a lower price and go drink it on the banks of the seine ; and buy muscat because it’s better than red wine okay
don’t hold the bar in the metro if you can lean again the doors, you’ll have more balance, less germs and you can keep your belongings safe by trapping them against you and the door
if you’re site-seeing, you’re gonna take the metro 1 and it’s full of thieves. hide your valued objects on the bottom of your bag and put it at your feet. the thieves are likely to be children who will circle around you, so stay aware of them
you’ll get a more aesthetic picture of the eiffel tower from the pont neuf, alongside a nice view of the seine and you can actually sit there, it’s perf
bus stations can be tricky to find but it’s the best transport cause you can actually see the outside ; take the bus 29 if you want to see pretty buildings, the opera and the galeries lafayette
you’re surely gonna go see the beaubourg museum : take a break at the bakery 50m away called Topaze and eat a st. honoré there (also i saw mika eat next to it once so it’s a historical landmark)
eat the baguette if it’s hot, just do it
the RER station may be called “Châtelet les Halles” but it’s actually two different stations, you’ll be arriving at les halles and you’ll have to walk to reach châtelet and take other metros and you will get lost (don’t worry, everybody does)