The market in Cluny was very busy this morning and the fine weather seems to have brought out the protesters as well as the shoppers.
Our favourite stall in the market for plants
It was quite noisy as La Fanfarrosoir were parading round the market as part of a protest about Centre Parks. Two have been proposed in the forests of Rousset and Pologny, one not too far from Cluny and the other in the Jura. Environmentalists made a big fuss in a big public debate in 2015 and then it all went quiet.
Leaflets and dancing in front of the Hotel de Bougogne
And off they go to another venue
At the other end of town we met our friends from Benin who sang for us last weekend. This time they had their instruments with them and made a great deal more noise.
Olaitan from Benin
Rather overlooked in this cacophony were the Silent Protesters who are in Cluny most Saturdays in the summer. I don’t know what they are protesting about as they never say.
The Silent Protest
Of course the protests in France that affect most people are the train strikes. The trains were running today but the strikes are affecting two days in every five and continuing on Monday and Tuesday. Also various unions are protesting, Air France pilots, rubbish collectors, energy sector workers, students…
Good new though, it’s another big weekend for the Equivallée. It is the 40th anniversary of the Grand National. The best international show jumpers will be in Cluny, the grand final being tomorrow afternoon.
Show jumping this weekend in Cluny
Lovely weather, beautiful horses…nothing to protest about there.