"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
It is with sadness that I have to report on the imminent expulsion of Jeudi-Noir squatters in Paris. A tribunal of the 8th arrondissement has ordered the eviction of the squatters with immediate effect. They have been occupying an empty office building at 22 Avenue Matignon. As veritable ‘neighbours’ of the French president in the nearby Elysée palace, the squat has received considerable attention in the French press and it is perhaps not surprising that the owners of the building, the company Axa, were quick to petition the courts. The squatters will be subject to a fine if they do not vacate the premises on Tuesday. As of this evening, squatters and a number of journalists were still in the building. I will post any further developments in due course.
For anyone who has not followed my earlier postings on Jeudi-Noir, it is an organization that engages in actions directed at drawing attention to the scale of the current housing crisis in Paris and to setting out alternatives aimed at a more sustainable and socially responsible form of living in the city. The squat on the Avenue Matignon was just the latest in a series of occupations.