Telegram from Paris
The Bulgarian exhibition at the Louvre caused an unexpected stir of emotions, especially against the domestic backdrop of petty nitpicking among politicians over the past year or two.
What happened was that a huge achievement got defaced in a vandal-like and ludicrous manner. The opponents resorted to streetwise polemics, thereby giving an opportunity to hundreds of online forum commentators to condemn the Bulgarian nation as a whole once and for all and irreversibly.
It all started with wondering about who had received mission allowances and how much they had received per day. Then there was the question of who had paid whom and whether there had been sufficient advertisement for the event. Then these people asked whether the book of a certain person really merited a presentation in Paris and who had footed the bill.
All of this sounds so ridiculous and so cynical that it is hard to believe. After all, we are in Sofia, Europe, and the year is 2015. What we witnessed was momentous crudeness and petty faultfinding. What better combination can you think of?
Although some find it good, while others bad, the Bulgarian exhibition at the Louvre is a small step that is part of a very long and difficult journey. Be it only for this reason, it is an enormous achievement.
Nobody expects that French televisions will show Bulgaria-related coverage only round the clock, while all of Paris will be covered with billboards promoting Bulgarian natural landmarks. It is also unlikely that the Louvre will close doors for three months, showing the Bulgarian exhibits only during that period.
This is why all who were eager to voice their absurd arguments in order to tarnish this gentle breeze from Bulgaria in the French capital should know that these days we received a big and important telegram from Paris. The telegram says the following: “Come back for another visit please. Smile more often. Just so you know, the rules of ethics and integrity in Europe are different…”
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