Photo: Vladimir VELENGURIN
It had been a long time since such a dispute had been seen in the French Parliament. The deputies of the National Assembly seriously confronted the controversial pension reform proposed by the government. Fiery speeches, mutual insults, even hidden shoving on the sidelines. Well, it’s stress! Yes, no one argues, and it must be somehow removed until the nerves are completely torn.
And there is only one universal remedy: what we have – in mother Russia, what they have – in Europe different there. This is a good drink. And the French deputies rushed to the parliamentary bar. Luckily, he works there 24/7. As a result, she got two records. First, he achieved unprecedented income for many years. But secondly, he ran out of alcohol reserves – the people’s deputies soaked up everything!
It’s okay, just that. Some deputies flood political passions with alcohol so strongly that they cannot contain it themselves: cleaning ladies are forced every day to change containers contaminated by death.
Many parliamentarians, fired up during the debate, began to apply to the bottle in the morning and then kerosene until 3 in the morning. They say that some of these buzzing waiters had to just “rip the floor off.”
Alcohol problems in the National Assembly are not a new phenomenon, excesses have happened before. However, one of the deputies, who preferred to remain anonymous, admitted: “Here I have seen people become alcoholics, but the bar has never been as lively as during the discussion of this pension reform.”
In the context of the scandal, the chamber’s management thought about limiting the sale of alcohol. One of the proposed solutions is not to sell alcohol at night to avoid late partying. Since the French Parliament sits late into the night, the drinking peaks between 8:00 and 9:30 p.m., the traditional dinner time for the French.
The news that the “store” might be closed caused panic among some parliamentarians. One of them already stated that “the bar serves as a place where parliamentarians can mix with political rivals and get some air between discussions.”
Other deputies found the reason in a busy schedule. “We are the only parliament that works until night. If someone drinks it is because they have to live in an abnormal rhythm”, says one of the deputies.
Ah, that’s all – an abnormal rhythm.