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Saturday, 7 June 2008

Women feeding pigeons? (children?) French Indo China

I found the film on the Lumiére brothers on YouTube.
It reminded me of women in a park in Paris throwing breadcrumbs to pigeons.

The French called their colonialisation the 'Mission civilisatrice' which hardly needs translating. It does need interpreting though.

I know the Belgians classified the Pygmies in the Belgian Congo amongst the flora and fauna. But this from the country that gave the world The Rights of Man.

Well French Indo China was lost as a colony; Or rather five colonies the way three different countries had been carved up the better to rule them.

That the colonialist powers were often cruel or exploited the locals was bad enough but that women should degrade them is inexcusable.

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