“For a dish of lentils” in “Le Monde”, an aftertaste of political nonsense | EUROtoday

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VShis week, a lot of them have offered their souls, their voters, their concepts, their convictions for not a lot. Eric Ciotti, the president of the Republicans, is blamed by plenty of elected officers and leaders of his social gathering, like Valérie Pécresse, for having “sold for a dish of lentils” by forming an alliance with the National Rally; the primary secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, is accused by the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, of getting “sold the Socialist Party, which was a major government party, for a plate of lentils, for a few places”, and so forth. We can not rely the lentil dishes served left and proper.

On Tuesday June 18, it was Maurice Lévy, in a column printed in The world, which makes use of this system. “How can democrats, men and women who love the France of Jaurès and Blum sit down at the LFI table for a plate of lentils, especially after the magnificent campaign of Raphaël Glucksmann? “, exclaims the honorary president of Publicis.

Having fallen into disuse, the expression “for a dish of lentils” is making a comeback. In The world, the formula was cited for the first time on October 3, 1945 in an article by Rémy Roure devoted to the very first post-war legislative elections, the first covered by the young evening daily. At the time, it was the “radical party, which gave up its birthright for a dish of lentils”, notes the journalist, when “the Popular Republican Movement, with its young ardor, has conquered a large place in the sun”.

Spanish trip

We find lenses in all kinds of ways throughout the 1950s to 1980s, mainly in political articles (elections) but also economic articles (union negotiations) or devoted to international news. It happens to find them in the title as on September 14, 1964: “Thirteen million tourists in 1964 or Spain for a dish of lentils”. This story by José-Antonio Novais looks back on the weariness of Spaniards who see themselves “invaded” by European tourists, ” be[s] who will get roasted[ssen]t within the solar from the primary hours of summer season ».

A author, questioned by the journalist, is indignant: “They come to “do” ­Spain in two weeks with out even taking the time to breathe, their noses mounted on their guides…” Another will get carried away: “Tourism is a disgrace! The authorities, which calls itself Catholic, sells the normal morality of Spain for a plate of lentils. » Ironic, the reporter from World provides: “The lenses, it have to be admitted, are substantial. Over the final 4 years overseas guests have given up 1,874 million {dollars} and tourism earnings in overseas forex, in 1963 alone, represented 98% of all Spanish exports. »

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