Eiffel Tower Amidst French Political Battles

I firmly believe that had the Eiffel Tower was erected elsewhere, not in Paris, it wouldn’t receive so much media attention and mentions in the press.

Today, for example, May Day 2012, the Eiffel Tower was all over the world media. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a massive rally in front of the Eiffel Tower, ahead of the second-round run-off of the french presidential election this Sunday.

He is way behind his opponent Francois Hollande in all the polls, but you never know. Politics is no-rules game.

Sarkozy at Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Sarkozy at Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background (image courtesy of AP)

The rally took place at Trocadero, just opposite the Eiffel Tower, across the Seine River. Organizers claim there were 200, 000 attendees. All of them were facing the current president speaking from an improvised stand, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the background. Great choice of place.

Just a couple of miles away though, just behind the Eiffel Tower, on the left bank of the Seine, trade unions were heading to the Place de la Bastille for another rally.

Yet, there was a third May Day rally held in front of the Paris Opera House, and it was the one of the far-right leader Le Pen. She didn’t make it to the run-off, but she got the staggering 18 % in the first round. It’s interesting to see where these votes will go to, as she didn’t endorse neither Sarkozy, nor Hollande.

And where the Eiffel Tower stands in this weird and ruthless political kaleidoscope? Nowhere, I think. Politicians come and go, and she had already passed the test of time. The Eiffel Tower is just a mere witness of the turbulent times we are living in.