Eric Cantona on the French Bank Run

Transcription and translation
Nantes 8th October 2010

I don’t believe that we can …. I don’t believe that we can be completely happy when we see poverty all around us. Or we’re living in a cocoon, sealed off from everything … but there is a possibility and something we can do Well, it annoys me a little that there going … oh it doesn’t really annoy me at all Today it’s important to defend ourselves
But today to go out into the streets, what’s that? Today to go out protesting in the streets – what’s that? They turn everything back against you.
Today it’s no longer the way we have to do things.
It’s great to speak of Revolution and taking up arms but you can’t go around killing people

The revolution is really simple to make. The System , what’s the System’s , the System’s built around the Banks …The System is built on the banks
So if you want to destroy the System you do it by taking down the banks
So instead of 3 Million people being in the street waving their thingys, these 3 million people should go to their bank and take their money out, then the banks collapse!

3 Million, 10 Million, 10 Million People, everyone, and then there’s a true threat, and then there’s a true revolution, a revolution should be against the banks, it’s not complicated. Instead of going on the street and doing kilometres in the car to get there, go to the bank, in your village and take your money out – and if loads of people take their money out the banks collapse – no weapons no blood nothing at all, just like Spadgeri (a guy who robbed a large bank through the tunnels one night), it’s not complicated , and then, they’re going have to listen to us differently, Unions… you have to help them with ideas sometimes!!!!

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European Bank Run on 7th December 2010

The French want to break their banks by withdrawing their money on December 7th.

French activists call for a Europe-wide and joint account termination on 7 December 2010

“Everyone should get his money from the account.”

What does this protest?
In France the last few weeks has been enough protest. Since demonstrating in the street have brought us nothing we understand that the real power lies in the hands of international banks and corporations.

All citizens of the country resolve your accounts in cash. The activists suggest, one can first put the money in a suitcase or invest it in a social bank.

So far 7000 people have signed up


You up next America”

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Mary Poppins Breaks the Bank

Mr. Dawes Jr: In 1773, an official of this bank unwisely loaned a large sum of money to finance a shipment of tea to the American colonies. Do you know what happened?
George W. Banks: Yes, sir. Yes, I think I do. As the ship lay anchored in Boston Harbor, a party of the colonists dressed as red Indians boarded the vessel, behaved very rudely, and threw all the tea overboard. This made the tea unsuitable for drinking. Even for Americans.
Mr. Dawes Jr: Precisely. The loan was defaulted. Panic ensued within these walls. There was a run on the bank.
Mr. Dawes Sr.: From that time to this, sir, there has not been a run on this bank – UNTIL TODAY. A run, sir, caused by the disgraceful conduct of your son, do you deny it?

Mary Poppins:

Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul’s
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she call,
“Come, buy my bags full of crumbs;
Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds,” that’s what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies

All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares
Although you can’t see it,
You know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag”

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