(France) Bored MPs play Scrabble during gay marriage vote
Bored MPs play Scrabble during gay marriage vote
With France’s National Assembly debate on gay marriage into its ninth day, it seems deputies are struggling to keep their minds on the job. One Socialist deputy has provoked a mini-furore after being caught on camera playing Scrabble.
Do you get bored at work? Have you ever resorted to Farmville, Words with Friends or Angry Birds, to turn the hours into minutes? Well, you may have some kindred spirits at the highest level of French politics.
Despite the first and most important article of the government’s bill being overwhelmingly passed on Saturday, the deputies still have the task of trawling through thousands of proposed amendments to the historic legislation.
Concentration levels appear to be waning. Needing "to find something to occupy his mind" as the debate rumbled on into the wee hours of Monday morning, Socialist deputy Thomas Thévonoud turned to his iPad for a game of Scrabble.
The 39-year-old politician was unapologetic about the game, telling Europe 1: “I had to keep myself busy during the obsessions and obstruction of the Right.”