Hello, Clement! Quiet evening, thank goodness.
Do you mean the European election results last night…..or the ruckus you had in here this afternoon?
Oh, that….! You think you’ve seen everything when you run a bar, but this beat the band! What can I get you?
Zizi tells me that you’ve managed to get something from Antoine….
Yes, I was lucky. He had a client who let him down….there you are……what do you think?
A good drop….you had a bit of luck getting his grolleau gris now it’s become fashionable!
Well, yes…fashionable…but the fashionable bastard from the fashionable Paris bistro who ordered it couldn’t pay up front and Antoine doesn’t do tick; well not to Parisians anyway…
Ah well, his loss our gain…..it’s getting to be something when you can’t get hold of decent wine because some blasted journalist comes down here on his holidays and puts his ‘friends’ in the know…
Well, as it turned out it was lucky for me…that’s a nice drop he makes.
So it is! Hang on…here’s Victor! The gendarmes let you out did they?
Hello, Victor! Glass of Antoine’s?
On the house I hope…all the custom I brought you today!
Custom! Don’t talk to me about custom! After his gorillas carted you lot off that obnoxious pest Malfrat was here sinking it as if there was no tomorrow!
Mark you, I gave him that stuff you offloaded onto me…your- what was it – biodynamite stuff that you were going to sell to the English…
Serve him right…enough to kill an ox, that stuff, even the English wouldn’t drink it….I don’t suppose he paid you….
Pay! He’s a gendarme! Don’t make me laugh!
Well, all that will change once we get into power! No more swilling for Malfrat…and he can keep a civil tongue in his head while he’s about it….I haven’t been called names like that since my time in the army!
Oh, no, Victor, please! That’s how it started this afternoon!
What do you mean…’when we get into power’….didn’t see your name on a ballot paper!
Of course you didn’t, Clement! I’m not standing for office at my age, and anyway I don’t want my tyres let down…let alone be forced to go to Belgium with all those foreigners…….No, our party, the Front National! And our lovely leader, Marine Le Pen, next President of France!
Oh, come on, Victor! Your lot only did so well because people couldn’t be bothered to go out to vote…come the real elections in 2017 it’ll be a different story! No one’s going to vote for a party that blames everything on immigrants!
Ho! Don’t you be so sure! That’s what Theo said this afternoon; typical know all communist that he is – always knows best. Well, as I said to him then and I say to you now, just you wait! People didn’t turn out this time because they know there’s nothing you can do about the European Union…the parliament members are just so much whitewash for the crooks and madmen running the place on our money…but the Presidential is the real one and all the people who are sick and tired of being taxed to the hilt to keep a bunch of freeloaders in foie gras will be out in force! Then you’ll see…which is what I said to Theo, but he wouldn’t have it.
That’s as may be, Victor, but you didn’t have to push his wheelchair outside and set it off down the hill…
Oh, he didn’t come to any harm…and it’s hardly a hill, just a slope down to the Place d’Armes….and there’s no point trying to argue with him, he’s always right!
Well it’s hardly an advertisement for your party, is it…pushing old cripples down hills if they disagree with you! What about the rest of your party’s policies?
Unbeatable, mon pote! And a surefire election winner among them! Out of the Euro…just think about it! We’ll be able to use the francs we’ve been hiding in the mattresses all these years!
You haven’t still got francs in your mattress! Not even you, Victor….
Yes…I couldn’t work out a way of converting them all into euros at the changeover without the taxman getting wind of it or someone denouncing me and, anyway, I was sure the euro couldn’t last…and now I’ll be able to use them again! That’ll get the people out to vote, you see if it doesn’t!
But what about the racism…all the anti immigrant stuff…people won’t stand for that, you know…
What’s racist about saying that you can’t come to France and expect a free hand out? And you can’t say we’re prejudiced…if we pull out of the European Union all those English can go back where they came from too unless they can afford to pay their way…not just the Arabs and Africans from the colonies…
Bit much, that, Victor…having a go at the English because they wouldn’t buy your wine….
Look at them! Come over here, buy places you wouldn’t keep a respectable pig in and think they own the joint! Even stand for local councils! No more of that, I can tell you….France for the French!
But that’s absurd….and trying to get out of being called racist by lumping the English with Arabs just won’t wash!
See, I give you a reasoned argument and you come back with rubbish! Just like Theo when he came back this afternoon with his mates from the old peoples’ home. Mob handed they were…I told them it just showed the weakness of their arguments if they had to resort to violence…
Violence! Old boys in their eighties!
In their eighties they might be, Clement, and so’s Victor after all, but most of them were on the railways when we still had steam trains and they can handle themselves! It all started peaceably enough, having a go at Victor over a few glasses, but then he took offence when Jerome called him a capitalist lackey and things got out of hand…
Capitalist lackey…better that than a lackey of Moscow and so I told him!
So you did, Victor, so you did…..and then Lionel whacked you in the shins with his crutch and you grabbed Jean-Michel’s zimmer frame and laid about you until you got it caught up in the coat rack and they were on to you! Pity the national rugby coach couldn’t have seen them…they’d do better in the scrum than the current lot…
And which spoil sport called the gendarmerie, I’d like to know! I was just getting my second wind when they burst in and trapped me behind the door! Nearly put the false teeth through the back of my neck! And as for being manhandled down to the paddy waggon…! No respect, that’s what! You’d think we were a bunch of Arabs in the Paris suburbs…though they’d never have dared come the old acid with them as there’d have been hell to pay! Half the bleeding hearts who live well away from the suburbs writing to the newspapers and looking disapproving on the television…
I tell you, come the revolution – I mean when we get into power – there’ll be changes!