French Communists just want to have fun

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    French Communists just want to have fun

    9/17/12
    By Tony Todd

    Some 500,000 people attended France’s annual Communist Party festival just north of Paris this weekend. The “Fête de l’Humanité” is a vibrant mix of left-wing politics rolled into a hugely popular music festival. By Tony Todd (text) This weekend France celebrates all things left-wing with a vast festival outside Paris organised by French Communist daily newspaper l’Humanité.

    The “Fête de l’Huma” has taken place every year since 1930, except for a brief hiatus during the Nazi occupation.

    Originally organised as a means to raise funds for l’Humanité, the popular music event has become a major fixture of the French political calendar marking “La Rentrée” [the return to work after the summer break] of the Left.

    Organisers expect 500,000 people to attend the event, which is made all the more popular by the low entrance fee (20 euros for three days) and a musical line-up which this year includes British band New Order, rocker Pete Doherty, US singer-poet Patti Smith and the French National orchestra, among many others.

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