The French Communists are having a bit if upheaval after deciding to ditch the hammer and sickle from their logo:
The Communist Party of France has sparked a revolution among the comrades by removing the hammer and sickle from their membership cards.
The iconic symbol of the international proletariat has beenÂ replaced with the starÂ of the multi-party European Left alliance, much to the horror of traditionalists at the partyâ€™s 36th congress that opened near Paris on Thursday.
What was billed by the party leadership as a forward-looking move was denounced by others as revisionist backsliding and part of a conspiracy to abandon the movement to the embrace of social democracy.
Emmanuel Dang Tran, secretary of the partyâ€™s Paris section,Â told France Info radioÂ that members were shocked at the abandoning of â€śwhat represents, for the working class of this country, a historic element in resistance against the politics of capitalism.â€ťÂ
An anonymous commenter on the radioâ€™s website suggested wryly: â€śItâ€™s natural that theyâ€™ve abandoned their tools. Thereâ€™s no work anymore!â€ť
Mr. Tran was among those who believed the symbol change amounted to the party paying allegiance to theÂ European Left, a coalition of left-wing movements formed in 1999 to cooperate within the European Parliament.
He said the leadership was trying to create a social democracy mark-2 alongside â€śGreens, socialists, Trotskyists and I donâ€™t know who else.â€ť
Pierre Laurent, the partyâ€™s national secretary, defended the decision to dump the hammer and sickle, saying it no longer represented present-day realities. â€śWe want to turn towards the future,â€ť he said on Friday.
They might have ditched the hammer and sickle but they are still commie bastards who wouldn’t know a days work if their lives depended on it.