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 partyâs 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 partyâs Paris section,Â told France Info radioÂ that members were shocked at the abandoning of âwhat represents, for the working class of this country, a historic element in resistance against the politics of capitalism.âÂ
An anonymous commenter on the radioâs website suggested wryly: âItâs natural that theyâve abandoned their tools. Thereâs no work anymore!â
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 âGreens, socialists, Trotskyists and I donât know who else.â
Pierre Laurent, the partyâs national secretary, defended the decision to dump the hammer and sickle, saying it no longer represented present-day realities. âWe want to turn towards the future,â 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.