Monday, January 01, 2007
French Protest New Year's Arrival
French protest new year's arrival
From correspondents in Nates
January 01, 2007 04:50pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
SOME 600 people gathered in the western French city of Nantes to protest the new year's arrival today
Lashed by rain, the organisers said even the weather was against 2007, as they milled about under banners reading "No to 2007!" and "Now is better!"
"The world will come to understand that it must stop this mad course towards the future and we demand the governments of the world and the United Nations declare a moratorium to stop this December 31 the future," said one of the organisers.
The tension mounted as the minutes ticked away, but the arrival of midnight and 2007 did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm as they began to chant "No to 2008!".
Organisers vowed to resist pressure from watchmakers and calendar printers to hold the event for a third time on December 31, 2007, on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.