Laughing On the Fourth of July

Monday. The Chateau Versailles is closed. They are busy making another TV series about Marie-Antoinette. Two months ago it was Louis XVI, the Man Who Didn’t Want to Be the King. Actually, he wasn’t sure. Good title though. I think it’s a comedy.

It’s the 4-th of July though. Does anyone remember King Louis in the US? Funny…. What is that comedy compared to this one? They remember the other kid, La Fayette; but not the one who had ruined his country to pay for the American Revolution!

This street, south of Chateau Versailles is called the Avenue of the American Independence. It is here in the building of the Foreign Affaires and the Marine where the treaty between the Thirteen Colonies and France was signed by Vergennes and Franklin.

“These days America makes quite a spectacle,” they told Benjamin Franklin at a reception party. “Yes,” said he, “but the spectators don’t want to pay!” This is also funny, especially for those who don’t suffer from amnesia: It took from forty to sixty percent of France’s GDP to finance the debt incurred from that war: Two fleets, two armies fighting across the oceans! You are a funny guy, Ben… you are a funny guy.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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