Quite a large proportion of the population of planet Earth take politics seriously. In France?
GV: Lille Town Hall
SV AND CU: various election posters (5 shots)
SV AND CU: "Lazy Party" supporters pins up posters. (2 shots)
CU: Rue Paul Lafargue sign.
SV: candidates beneath street sign speaking in French.
CU: cartoon party poster
SV INTERIOR: candidate sitting on armchair explains policy.
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Background: Quite a large proportion of the population of planet Earth take politics seriously. In France , however, there are some who are making the point that, especially around election time, it can get too serious.
SYNOPSIS: This is the busy industrial town of Lille in northern France. Here, as elsewhere, the pace of life has been stepped up in recent weeks by the incessant bombardment of election posters, pamphlets, and leaflets showered on the citizens by parties of all kinds. The campaign is typified by the frantic energy of everyone concerned-well, not quite everyone, because here in Lille, the Party for the Right to be Lazy is fielding a candidate.
He's Monsieur Jean-Paul Grevet, and he went to great pains to explain that the "Lazy Party" was not a movement against work, but rather an emphasis on taking a different attitude towards it. The party attributes its origins to a 19th-century writer -- Paul Lafargue, who was the author of a book of criticism of work, in which he says that three hours per day is the maximum human begins can stand. He was distantly related to Karl Marx.
However the Lazy Party admit that they are going into the campaign more for the laughs than anything else. They think electioneering is very sad, and that people need to be cheered up a bit. They call the French Chamber of Deputies a bedchamber and claim their candidates are well suited to the job.
The Lazy Party say that in Lille working people get up too early, knock themselves out and loss their living trying to earn it.