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Comment vas–tu? Comment ça va? Ça va?
“Ça va?” This is how we greet someone and ask how they are.
But note the following: Comment va
“Comment vas-tu?” is rather formal: How are you?
“Comment ça va?” is more colloquial : How (are) you doing? And “Ça va” is short for Comment ça va? which makes it even more familiar.
“Ça va bien, merci.” This person is saying “I am fine, thank you“.
But this man is saying things aren’t too good. “Pas très bien!” means “not that good.”
This list shows you different ways of saying how you are, from very well to terrible:
- très bien => very well
- bien => well
- assez bien => quite well
- pas très bien => not very well
- très mal => terrible
She is the woman who gave new definition to cosmetics after she inherited L’Oreal which was founded by her father Eugene Schueller. It is one of the biggest and largest beauty and cosmetic company in the world. Her company’s net worth of $ 30 billion makes her the richest woman in the world. She and her family currently own above 30% shares of L’Oreal which has only been increasing thanks to boost in French market for cosmetics. The elderly widow also has fought legal battles against her family due to guardianship of her money.
Since then, she had faced intense media scrutiny and publicity over her relationship with François-Marie Banier, the estrangement with her daughter Françoise and her alleged funding of conservative French politicians, including former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
She founded with her husband the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation (la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller) to support and develop medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. The Foundation is based in Neuilly-sur-Seine (92), France. The Foundation, which benefits from assets of €150 million and an annual budget of approx €15 million devotes approximately 55% of its funds to scientific education and research, 33% to humanitarian and social projects and 12% to culture and arts. It sponsors prizes through which funds are disbursed to various recipients.
Forbes ranks Bettencourt at 7th in its list of the world’s wealthiest persons with an estimated fortune of US$38.8 billion(as of 28 June 2016). As of 2016, she is the top female billionaires woman in the world, and is also the richest person in France.
Our Frenchies on Liliane 🙂 Enjoy!
“Je suis content pour la Bettencourt. Si seulement elle pouvait vendre ses produits moins chers….”
I’m happy for the Bettencourt. If only she could sell her products cheaper
“Riche et gâteux ou pauvre et brillant? Que choisir?”
Rich and spoiled or poor and smart? What to choose?
“Pour information, le patrimoine de L. Bettancourt équivaut au PIB annuel d’un pays comme la Lettonie (membre de l’UE), ou de la Côte d’Ivoire (25 millions d’habitants). Ceci dit, ça reste un peu inférieur aux bénéfices d’Apple en 2013. Par ailleurs, il y a 10 personnes plus riches qu’elle dans le monde (Bill Gates a un patrimoine équivalent au PIB de Cuba, classée au 66e rang mondial). Accessoirement, le chiffre d’affaire de Wal Mart ou de Shell en 2013 était comparable au PIB de la Belgique.”
For information, the heritage of L. Bettencourt is equivalent to the annual GDP of a country like Latvia (EU member), or Côte d’Ivoire (25 million inhabitants). That said, it’s still a little lower than Apple’s profits in 2013. There are ten more richer people in the world (Bill Gates has a heritage equivalent to Cuba’s GDP, ranked 66th in the world). Incidentally, sales of Wal-Mart or Shell in 2013 were comparable to the GDP of Belgium
“On peut espérer que la nouvelle loi travail permet un accroissement de ces fortunes.”
One can hope that the new labor law will allow an increase of her fortunes.
Comments from Le Monde Newspaper.
As a proper Parisian, we like stereotyping our co-citizen… And here I am starting with our Bretons… Finish with Politics! Let’s have some fun! #happyfriday !!! #justforfun.
1) In Brittany, it rains all the time!
Et alors? Bretons are launching a trend.
4) In Brittany, we only drink cider!
Well? How much cider does it take to get drunk? At least we are not pissed after two glasses of wine like our friends in Bordeaux.
5) Bretons only eat crêpe (pancakes)!
Breakfast: crêpe with sugar, crêpe in maple syrup. Lunch: ham-cheese crêpe. Dinner: crêpe with foie gras … Et alors??? On adore….
#happyfriday #frenchchic #frenchattitude
A couple of days before the first round French Presidential Elections, Central Paris became a victim of terrorism once again making the country the most unsafe town of the E.U to live in.
According to the Pierre-Henry Brandet, of the French interior ministry, Thursday 21st night at 9:30, in Champs-Elysees, one gunman named Karim Cheurfi, with automatic Kalashnikov assault rifle, came suddenly from nowhere and started shooting on a police van and killed one police officer and wounded couple of them. Not just that, he also fired on the civilians standing nearby. France police officials retaliated in response and he was shot dead in no time.
According to witnesses, Cheurfi parked a car behind a police van on the Champs-Elysees last Thursday 21st April night and emerged from it with a Kalashnikov rifle and started firing the window of the van. The police officer who was sitting on his seat died immediately.
Karim Cheurfi was born on New Year’ Eve in 1977 in the Livry-Gargan (93160) Suburb of north-eastern Paris.
He was living in the eastern suburb of Chelles after emerging from prison in October 2015 and his lawyer has revealed that he was having a mental disorder and was psychologically ill.
Hours after the attack, news came out from the source close to CNN that the Cheurfi was a French national and he had charges against him of shooting two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police car. During the interrogation, he also snatched the gun of the police officer and shot him three times.
ISIS issued a statement claiming the responsibility of the attack and said that it was carried out by an Islamic State fighter. The claim came from the statement by the media wing Amaq of the ISIS.
The suspect, who was shot dead by French police, was on the radar of the French domestic security service DGSI, the source said.
Champs-Elysees is one of the major tourist attractions in Paris and millions of visitors visit here, especially the iconic Arc de Triomphe monument. However, the place is shut down by the officials due to security reasons.
The US President Donald Trump did write a tweet by predicting that the attack would have a big effect on presidential election which in fact at least on the first round didn’t have much of an impact since the poll were indeed right.
France has been a victim of Islamic terrorism since 2012 and there is visible anger in the citizens.
The First round of the French Presidential elections is over and results are interesting. Clearly, no one party has gained clear majority and two candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will runoff for the next round on 7th May. As many election analysts had predicted, the Champs Elysees attacks did not make much impact on the minds of France citizens. Marine Le Pen, the hardcore right wing candidate is on the 2nd run than Emmanuel Macron who got 24.01% votes compared to Le Pen’s 21.30%.
Democracy is considered as an ideal tool to rule and run any country or province. It is the government of the people, by the people and for the people as said by the Former US president in his famous Gettysburg Address speech in 1893. However, the tables are turning in the 21st century, and the democracy is no longer same as our ancestors had imagined. The exceptional sweep by Mr Donald Trump in 2016 US elections, have defined some new meanings of democracy, and the curious question lies in the hearts and minds of people across the world is: will 2017 French Presidential Elections be a game changer in the French politics or it will only repeat what is happening in a so called democratic country like America.
If you are crazy enough to think that you can trust the exit polls altogether, let me tell you, you should not.
After the incidents like US presidential elections and Brexit, it is not wise to trust exit polls altogether. The problem with polls is that people sometimes don’t convey what their hearts tell them.
The fall of François Fillon:
Until December, there were only two strong participants in the French Presidential race- François Fillon and Marine Le Pen. Well, things did not turn out well for François Fillon due to some serious accusations to him like securing a fake job for his wife and children with public money (around 800000 €). Also, recently, he was accused of forgetting to declare to the HATVP (High Authority for Public Life Transparency) a 50000 € loan granted to a billionaire friend to whom he gave the Légion d’Honneur when he was at the government. The chances of François Fillon to win the elections dramatically fall from 66% to 19% in recent polls and a name which Marine Le Pen should (?) take seriously is no more François Fillon, but Emmanuel Macron.
The recent polls predict that Emmanuel Macron will win the elections against Marine Le Pen with 60-40% margins. However, as I said above, you cannot trust polls completely as Le Pen has more than 15 years of experience in the active politics compared to Macron’s mere five years.
The world seems to accept extreme Right wing ideologies (India, US elections and Brexit). In this political scenario, the chances of winning the right thinking are high.
Also, we should not forget that most of the voters prefer a good and direct orator and Emmanuel Macron has this quality. If you have seen his recent debates, you must have noticed his consistency, direct approach, excellent debating tactics and innovative ideas.
Also, he listens what his opponent has to say, and that is something commendable. He won his first debate with flying colours and had qualities to appeal the mass. He may win huge acceptance among voters, especially liberals.
However, there are some serious issues associated with Macron, and one of the main problems is his unjustified attempt to transpartisan. In his speeches, he tries to please right wingers and left wingers and ends up angering both. A recent example- You must have heard his views about gay issue in the recent speech.
Marine Le Pen: a firebrand right-wing idealist:
Though you must have read about her a lot nowadays and some of you might hate her, but she very well knows that pulse of the public and has an enormous political experience to help her out. She is an outspoken, excellent orator and a hardcore anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. You can compare her with the US current President Donald Trump who has already started taking decisive steps against Muslims and illegal immigrants. Marine Le Pen has seen and studied French Politics carefully and knows how it functions. When she became a leader of the Front National, she sidelined her own father and supporters and reached out to mostly untouched communities like LGBT, women and religious minorities like the Jewish community by softening her party ideologies.
She speaks firmly in debates, whether it is about leaving the European Union or reducing the immigration or going back to the France Franc as currency. Her voters come from diverse backgrounds and races. If you have seen exit polls closely, you must have noticed that Le Pen’s voting margins are not fluctuating like others in spite of her political and financial scandals. She clearly has sounds and loyal voters, and this is the most important thing for her to win.
Then comes Mélanchon, he came a long way, and he might get the votes from the indecisive and pass the first round. He appeals to the youth and has his loyal and sound crew as well. However, who would be against him???? Le Pen? This would mean that we will have to pick between the two extreme political parties and this is the scariest thing that could happen in our elections. Knowing my Frenchies, it is not an option to joke on… It’s entirely plausible to my point of view.
Voters, the final deciders
Sunday is coming fast (D -2) and it is not worth to predict what the French people think.
And I apparently feel like these votes will be led by 4 categories of voters:
- The intellectuals: they swing votes depending on the political programme offered by the candidates, they traditionally vote right or left wing. Their decision is purely a question of opportunity. What’s right for them and their families?
- The Passionate Swingers: former loyal voters, mostly from the French middle class, fed up with the traditional parties. Former loyal voters, they swing their votes over the last few years, voting now for extremes in desperate need for solutions for the country.
- The Loyals: supporters who are always voting for the same political party. They believe in parties and not in ideas. They will never vote outside their party whoever is in charge.
- The Indecisives: they are the most volatile obviously. They think too much. They will probably make their decision on the day. They might even not vote at all. They could vote for anyone including the Extremes. They are sick and tired of the current politics and after being former Loyals and maybe former Intellectuals, they are deeply concerned about the future of their country and want to try something else. They will either vote with their heart & gut or not at all or only between the two final candidates.
I can’t wait to be voting this coming Sunday. It would be interesting to see who French people choose. Whoever leads and takes over the seat, Intellectuals, Swingers, Indecisives and LOyals, we all hope that the new president will work for the betterment of the people and be caring for the hard-hitting issues, France is facing right now.
François Charles Amand Fillon was one of the most promising names when it came to French politics, and he was the former prime minister of France who served from 2007 to 2012 and currently he is the presidential candidate from the Republican party of France. He has years of experience in handling some of the key portfolios in French government like education minister and labour minister and ecology and sustainable development minister in different regimes.
– His wife is Welsh from Llanover, near Abergavenny.
– They have five children
– They live a 12th-Century manor house near Le Mans in western France
He was considered as a third when he nominated himself for the 2016 Republic Presidential Primary, and in a week’s time, he was the favourite candidate from the Republican Party when Alain Juppé supported him after the run-off on 27 November 2016. In the months of November and December 2016, he was the frontrunner for the presidential election of 2017, but the series of disclosures of political scandals which burst to its paroxysm today seem to ruin his chances suddenly went to the backseat in the presidential elections.
François Fillon has always denied and has refused to step aside for another candidate, complaining instead that he was the victim of a “political assassination” and added, “if investigation reports prove me guilty, I will leave the presidential election.”
Two of the most efficient and renowned exist polls Ifop, and BVA has suggested that he will be thrown out by the people in the first round of elections that will be held in April 2017. According to sources, even his party members from Les Républicains party are against him and put pressure on him to leave the presidential candidacy since the allegations were made public by the leading newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné.
It will be interesting to see the results in the first round of the election and the time will tell whether people accepts François Fillon or not. If he loses the elections, it may be the end of his political career.
IMPORTANT POINTS OF HIS POLITICAL PLANS:
– cutting half a million public sector jobs, scrapping the 35-hour work week and remove the wealth tax (ISF).
– He wants to strip jihadists returning from the wars in Iraq or Syria of their French nationality
– Require parents in receipt of social allowances to agree to a “parental responsibility contract”, to tackle children’s absenteeism or behaviour “disrespectful of the values of the French republic”.
– Fillon wants to engage with Russia by lifting EU sanctions and help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to defeat the Islamic State (IS).
WHAT HAVE THE FILLONS DONE WRONG?
Nothing, say Francois Fillon and his wife, who insist everything was above board. But prosecutors have decided there is sufficient evidence to open a full judicial inquiry into abuse of public funds and on 15 March the examining magistrate is expected to place him under formal investigation.
The question is: did Penelope Fillon do the work she was paid for? Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné alleged in late January that she did not – and got €831,400 (£710,000; $900,000) for her trouble.
She was employed as her husband’s parliamentary assistant from 1988-90 and again in 1998-2002 and then by his successor, Marc Jouland, from 2002-2007.
She worked again for Mr Fillon from 2012-13. That is all very well if she did the work, but one report suggests she did not have a parliamentary pass or a work email.
According to Le Canard Enchaîné, she also pocketed €100,000 for writing just a handful of articles for a literary review La Revue des Deux Mondes, owned by a billionaire friend of the family, Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere.
Today, Penelope Fillon was officially charged with embezzlement of public funds, a coup de grace for Fillon’s election himself charged earlier this month! These elections couldn’t be more exciting and uncertain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Marine Le Pen is also under investigation for allegedly using European Parliament staff allowances to pay for FN party employees, including a personal bodyguard.
WHAT THE FRENCHIES THINK OF THIS WHOLE ORDEAL?
900 000 Euros dans la poche de fillon?, ok, c’est pas cher à payer par rapport à ce que Hollande et sa clique nous ont fait perdre et nous fera perdre Macron et son programme qui n’a aucun sens et je ne parle même pas de MLP. Fillon est la seule alternative.
900 000 Euros in Fillon’s pocket ?, ok, it is acceptable compared to what Holland and his clique have made us lose and will make us lose with Macron and its program that makes no sense, and I do not speak even about MLP. Fillon is the only alternative.
Ce que cet article ne dit pas:
Si Penelope Fillon est mise en examen par les juges d’instruction, ceux-ci, par contre, ont enfreint les lois de procédure pénale:
– ils n’ont instruit qu’à charge;
– ils n’ont pas tenu compte de la présomption d’innocence;
– enfin, ils n’ont pas respecté la séparation des pouvoirs (mais là, depuis Mitterrand, la France a l’habitude, au plus grand étonnement, d’ailleurs, des démocraties européennes).
Qui dira encore que la Justice française dans le cas présent est absolument impartiale et politiquement indépendante???
What this article does not say:
If Penelope Fillon is under investigation by the investigating judges, they, on the other hand, have infringed the laws of criminal procedure:
They have instructed only on charges;
– they did not take into account the presumption of innocence;
– finally, they have not respected the separation of powers (but since Mitterrand, France is accustomed, to the greatest astonishment, moreover, of the other European democracies).
Who will say that the French Justice, in this case, is absolutely impartial and politically independent ???
Demander a Cahuzac, Tevennoud, …
Ensuite mise en examen ne veut pas dire condamnée!
Ask this to Cahuzac, Tevennoud, …
Then indictment does not mean condemned!
C’est émouvant le jusqu’au boutisme acharné des fillonistes……
Malheureusement la prévarication, l’enrichissement personnel la malhonnêteté et le clientélisme de Monsieur Fillon sont dorénavant connus de tous.
It is moving how the hard line attitude of Fillon’s fan can go …
Unfortunately, the prevarication, the personal enrichment the dishonesty and the clientelism of Mr Fillon are henceforth known to all.
Les emplois fictifs dans le privé n’ont rien d’illégaux. Des individus au placard dans les grands groupes il y en a des centaines. Dans les années 90 la société qui m’employait , et dont l’Etat était actionnaire, a été contrainte d’accepter l’embauche d’un ami du ministre de l’industrie au sein de son état major . Ce type ne foutait rien et était grassement payé. Et ça a duré 4 ans .
The fictitious jobs in the private sector are not illegal. There are hundreds of individuals in the closet in large groups. In the 90s the company that employed me, and whose state was a major shareholder, was forced to accept the hiring of a friend of the Minister of Industry within his staff. This guy did not give a damn and was well paid to do nothing; it lasted four years.
Sacré French 🙂