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I thought they were going to gun us down’: White nationalists disrupt Florida racial justice seminar

A goup of white supremacists barged into a racial justice training course in south Florida on Saturday, frightening organizers and attendees — who believed they were about to get shot in a Dylann Roof-style assault.






I don't regret anything is, of course, is the song made famous by Edith Piaf. Not only is it hauntingly beautiful, but it makes a good marching song. Is that a two-four beat? I don't know. Maybe a music major can say.

""Non, je ne regrette rien" meaning "No, I regret nothing") is a French song composed byCharles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and is best known through Édith Piaf's 1959 recording, which spent seven weeks atop the French Singles & Airplay Reviews chart

Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion. At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria – adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade."



As part of their surrender agreement following the April, 1961 putsch, the Legionnaires were allowed to march out of their barracks under arms, or allowed to keep their weapons, although I imagine that when they were shipped back France they had to surrender their guns.


Edith Piaf Non, Je ne regrette rien



Some of the Legionnaires of the 1st Parachute Regiment went on to join the OAS, which became an ultra-rightest organization. Many of those OAS members, in turn, joined the ranks of the ultra-rightest National Front political party. Tough he was not a Foreign Legionnaire, one such person who went from the OAS to the National Front party was Jean-Rene Souetre.


The founder of the National Front Party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was sent to Algeria in 1956, where he served in the French Foreign Legion as an intelligence officer. His daughter, Marine Le Pen, just ran for the Presidency of France under the banner of the National Front Party.


I don't know if the “Identity Europa” group cited above is an effort to establish some kind of trans-national white supremacist movement linking white supremacist groups “across the pond” as it were. Maybe it's already here and I've just been too dense to know about it.


The more things change...


Steve Thomas

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