French Laissez-Faire

On May 1st, in France, there is a tradition (the origin of which I don’t know)  that men give a small  stem of Lilly of the Valley to their female relatives and friends. It’s a rite of Spring, obviously. On that occasion and only on that occasion, private parties are allowed to sell the flowers in the street. Still, there are rules and regulations involved. You risk a significant fine if you violate Lilly-of-the-Valley sale rules.

May 1st, there is always a massive march for socialism in Paris. Would I make this up?


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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