If France could vote in the U.S. election,Â 76 per cent would elect Obama reveals a poll published by sunday paper Le Journal du DimancheÂ [fr] . At 3pm local time on this crucial Tuesday, for lack of hard news on the outcome ofÂ the election, the FrenchÂ blogosphere and Twitter is abuzz with another vital matter: where to spend election night? Where are the best parties in Paris?
Pierrick Leurent [fr]Â has listed on his blog the official venues, along with En3motsÂ :Â The “official” election party will be held at the Cine Aqua on the Trocadero (Paris equivalent to the “Sea World” theme park). This specific party, where the French media brass and the American officials in Paris will wine and dine, launched aÂ tiny stormÂ in a Champagne glass on Twitter. At â‚¬120 (140$) per guest, it is a very un-democratic party.Â Â @Myriam and many other scorn :
120 euros pour rester entre soi, quelle barriÃ¨re de sÃ©curitÃ© plus efficace, dear ?
@ Heuristocrat, an American in Paris, thinks nevertheless itÂ will beÂ worth it [en] :
“Yeah butÂ the food and drinks will be great and the crowd is a who's who”.
There will be parties for every budget, starting at 5â‚¬Â withÂ the “Young DemocratsÂ abroad” party near the Arc de TriompheÂ (Barrack Obagels will be served at 3am). The townhall of the 3rd arrondissement (district) in Paris will be open all night and crowded since everything will be Obama and free: art exhibitions, debates, two featureÂ films (Little Miss Sunshine” and “Collision”),Â wifi, andÂ lots of complementary wine. The staunchest supporters, who organized Obama support in France willÂ be foundÂ at theÂ “Nuit Obama” (Obama night), hosted in a tennis club,Â in a suburb close to Paris.
Hotels and restaurants have jumped on the occasion to launch theme parties and menus: the culinary blog A Table reports that the Concorde Lafayette Hotel will serveÂ “Presidential Burgers” tonight, with two choices: The O Burger (fresh tomatoes, grilled gambas, curry and pineapple) versus the… “Elephant Burger” (roasted lamb and guacamole).Â It will be 3AM in Paris when the firstÂ results will be announced, soÂ Breakfast-in-AmericaÂ will be cooking pancakes all night in the Latin Quarter to sustain the anxious crowd. In the mean time, nightclubbersÂ are welcome at La RÃ©genceÂ Â club where DJ VyniloveÂ will groove theÂ Paris wants ObamaÂ party (hot dogs galore).
Even the tiniest towns in rural FranceÂ are in Obama mode today, down to PfaffenhoffenÂ (pop. 2,468), next to the German border, where the community cultural center will stay open all night,Â with giantÂ television screens to follow the results.
But, what if….barakmaniaque [fr ] .. to conjure the worst, has left this pledgeÂ in a blog comment:
si mc cain est Ã©lu je fais montparnasse place de l etoile tout nu en velib
Nobody wants to face that.
[Suzanne Lehn contributed to this post]