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Could a Brexit lead to a Frexit?

images A majority of French (53%) want a Frexit referendum like the one planned in the UK the 23 June 2016. This is one of the revelations of a survey conducted in early February on 8000 participants in six European countries (Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Spain and Sweden).

Of all Europeans surveyed, the French are the most favourable upon the exit of the UK, but curiously, the most likely to ask for the same anti-immigrant measures David Cameron obtained for his country.

For almost half of the French, a “Brexit” would not be a disaster; they are 44% to think that “Britain should leave the EU ” whilst 27% of Germans and 19% of Spaniards share this view.

Moreover, the French, like the Swedes think that the British economy would benefit from a Brexit. 56% of Germans expect negative effects of a Brexit and only 27% of French think the same.

Brexit, an open door for exit referendums?

After all these issues related to the British referendum, the survey asked the Europeans if they wish to have such referendum to be held in their country. The French (53%) are the only ones to be willing to with 45% of Germans and 47% of Spaniards sharing this view.

Could France leave the EU?

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In total, 45% of French would vote to stay in the EU, 33% would want to leave and 22% have no opinion. This is quite low compares with Germany (60% would stay), 66% for Poland and 68% for Spain.

France demonstrates a relative indifference to a possible Brexit and appears as the most Eurosceptic country in Europe after the British.

What do my people think about all this? Just a few comments here. Enjoy!

Les anglais veulent avoir l’Europe à leur botte ! Il serait temps que l’Europe sorte de sa torpeur et regarde la vérité en face. Nos politiques sont déjà tout émoustillés quand la couronne d’Angleterre daigne leur accorder un five-o’clock pour négocier puis leur imposer sa suzeraineté. Que ferons-nous quand ils nous obligeront la conduite à gauche ?

The English want Europe under their thumb It is time for Europe to emerge from its torpor and to face up the truth. Our politicians are already quite exhilarated when the English crown deigns to grant them a five-o’clock to negotiate and impose their suzerainty. What Next? They’ll require us to drive on the left side?

L’Europe est une escroquerie ! Après un référendum auquel les Français avaient répondu par la négative, les députés se sont crus autorisés à voter le contraire…Sur ces bases, il est évidemment très, difficile de faire confiance à cette institution. En outre, à moins d’être obtus, on voit bien que les exigences de l’UE conduisent les peuples à la misère… L’Union, agissant de manière dogmatique, protège le capital, pas les citoyens !  

Europe is a scam! After a referendum in which the French had said no, MP believed they were entitled to vote otherwise … On this basis, it is obviously very difficult to trust this institution. In addition, unless obtuse, it is clear that the EU requirements lead people to poverty… the Union, acting dogmatically, protects the capital, not the citizens!

Un référendum sur le maintien de la France ou sa sortie de l’UE serait la pire connerie populiste que puissent décider des politiques ! Toutes les frustrations actuelles se cristalliseraient dans un “non” à l’Europe alors que l’UE n’est qu’un bouc émissaire ! Détruire l’UE serait une catastrophe pour tous les européens, un retour aux vieux démons de l’histoire, et un affaiblissement de tous dans un monde de plus en plus instable et dangereux…

A referendum on the maintenance of France or its exit from the EU would be the worst populist bullshit that can decide politicians! All current frustrations will lead towards a “no” to Europe while the EU is only a scapegoat! Destroying the EU would be a disaster for all Europeans, a return to the old demons of history, and a weakening of all of us in a world increasingly unstable and dangerous …

La France est en pleine dépression… Ce n’est pas un président qu’il nous faudrait mais un psy!

France is in a deep depression … We don’t need a president but a shrink!

Nous sommes dans l’euro et si nous revenons en arrière, ce sera une chute du franc et du pouvoir d’achat sans précédent. Le seul choix crédible est d’aller vers une fédération des pays de l’euro, avec les mêmes lois sociales et fiscales pour tous.

We are in the euro and if we go back, it will be a drop of the Franc and the unprecedented decrease of the purchasing power. The only credible choice is to move towards a federation of countries, with the same social and tax laws for all.

Images: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-brexit-would-impact-eu-david-marinelli & http://www.upr.fr/actualite/apres-le-brexit-le-czexit-a-quand-le-frexit

 

My top 13 of the funniest French expressions

I heart linguistics and love words & phrases from different country especially knowing and understanding where they are coming from. For expressions, we have a whole lot in French and whilst some of them make perfect sense and others are funny, some are completely weird and I wonder/ed why they’re being said. Here is my top 13 of the weirdest French expressions:

Enjoy!

#13: Mentir comme un arracheur de dents

Literal translation: Lie like a tooth puller/dentist

English equivalent: none ?

Meaning:  have a guess….

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It refers to dentists (anciently called tooth puller) who assured their patients that the operation was painless. it’s not today and it was certainly not at the time! Aie aie aie…

#12: Bruyant comme un tonneau vide

Literal translation: Loud as an empty barrel

English equivalent: none? The English aren’t as mean as the French, are they? Come one… I need to search further or HELP?!

Meaning:  have a guess….

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The most ignorant people speak without saying anything consistent…

#11: Mettre du beurre dans les épinards

Literal translation: Put butter in the spinach

English equivalent: put butter on your bread

Meaning:

“Put butter in the spinach” means that one improves their living conditions, and in general in the financial field. In fact, butter symbolizes the ease and simplicity (like in English I’m guessing) while spinach would refer to a delicate situation, even trouble. Is it the bread for the English?

#10: Con comme une valise sans poignée

Literal translation: Dumb as a suitcase without a handle

English equivalent: None? Help again?

Meaning:

It is the image of an object unusable in this instance the suitace can’t be carried => someone stupid

#9 : Grimper au Rideau

Literal translation: climb the curtain

English equivalent: send somebody into raptures (really???? More romantic…)

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Meaning:  Take a lot of sexual pleasure, orgasm.

#8: Clouer le bec à quelqu’un

Literal translation: nail someone’s beak

English equivalent: shut someone up

#7: Fumer la moquette

Literal translation: smoking carpet

English equivalent: talk nonsense

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Meaning:

When addicts have nothing to smoke, they can get on their knees to look for small pieces of cannabis that would have been on the carpet; usually, this means smoking dirt, even the carpet itself => Do or say anything, as if under the influence of drugs.

#6: Donner de la confiture aux cochons

Literal translation: giving jam to pigs

English equivalent: Give pearls before swine

#5: Les anglais ont débarqué

Literal translation: The English have landed

English equivalent: none (?) I hope…

Meaning:  have a guess….

In 1815, when Bonaparte took a final slop in Waterloo (you guys were so organised), the English landed in France and occupied it until 1820 (Noooooo! So bad!).

At that time, the English were dressed in red uniforms. The link between this flood of red English invading the country and the capital and the red flow of menstrual blood has been easy to make in 1820, it’s a Parisian phrase in (bad) memory of the occupants. Ooopss… And still in use… Ouch…

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#4: Rire comme une baleine

Literal translation: laughing like a whale

English equivalent: laugh out loud; laugh one’s head off; laugh like a drain.

#3: prendre ton pied

Literal translation: take one’s foot

English equivalent: have a blast

Meaning:

to take pleasure from something, usually to come, have an orgasm.

This expression dates from the nineteenth century. The foot meant a ration at the time of the corsaires: it was the unit of measure to share the property of a booty. More generally, it is used when someone is happy.

#2: Ne pas être sorti de l’auberge

Literal translation: we’re not out of the hostel/inn

English equivalent: We’re not out of the wood yet…

Meaning:

The most employed phrase in France and the second preferred one.

In slang, the word ” hostel” meant ” prison”. This expression means that we will still have to spend a long time in a ” prison” (physically or emotionally) => Still have a lot of trouble to face.

 

#1 – Les chiens ne font pas des chats

Literal translation: Dogs do not make cats

English equivalent: The apple never falls far from the tree

Meaning: Children resemble their parents.

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Hope you enjoyed! @ Bientôt

Tell me which one was easy for you to guess and which didn’t make sense at all.

On the same notes, this page is quite interesting: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-funniest-french-expressions-use/

A good book to read for the Francophiles…

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Liberté – Egalité – Fraternité?

Liberté – Egalité – Fraternité // Freedom – Equality – Fraternity

Censure – inégalité – Communautarisme //Censorship – inequality – Communitarianism


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It is very sad to hear about what happened this week in France. Really sad to see how a country and its core values are collapsing. And I am very concerned with the manner our politics are handling this. France has changed or at least is changing. The population and their mentalities are changing too; the politicians are creating a new modern religion war. An invisible war where people from all religion can hit any time any where in this country. Last year was full of various demonstrations from Catholics against the gay marriage, Muslims for Palestine and Jews for Israel. It’s a complete mess, no clear communication is given, no call for peace sounds real or honest, and everybody seems to be looking for a certain victory in the most appealing and hypocritical way. It’s infuriating.

I firmly condemn what happened at Charlie Hebdo’s offices. It’s inhuman and unfair and it is terrorism. It is a complete blow to our Republic and unfortunately it’s not the first event of that kind in the country. Charlie Hebdo’s is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. It conveys international information in a non-conformist in tone. The newspaper was already subject to a first terrorist attack in 2011, they were firebombed and their website hacked. At that time nobody was killed fortunately. But this year, the newspaper lost their main staff including cartoonists Cabu, Honoré, Tignous, Wolinski, their editor in chief Stephane Charbonnier (AKA CHarb) and economist Bernard Maris. Hope they stay in peace and lots of love to their family and close friends.

1621939_776510039092654_6161984979230432626_n (I am not manipulated. I support the victims’ families of Charlie Hebdo but my emotion doesn’t affect my reflexion capacity)

Freedom of speech? Is it what they are fighting against? What is it nowadays? Can we say anything, anywhere? Is there any taboo? Lines we can’t cross? What are they? It seems that everybody is lost when it comes to draw a line to this freedom. When Charlie Hebdo firmly encourages the freedom of speech on any subject why censoring some comedians and not others (e.g. Dieudonné)? What makes a subject laughable or not? I am a bit lost in this brouhaha… And all this seems a bit hypocrite to me. It seems like everybody has his own rules when it comes to this. I find all this a bit unfair… Our politics being unable to handle of this a communitarianism spirit is born in the country, fraternity doesn’t exist anymore, the inequalities have never been so deep and the Freedom is a complete joke. Is this the France we are leaving to our children? Disorganised, terrified, lost, loosing its identity and core values…

Now, islamophobic acts are increasing in France. In Corsica, a boar’s head and viscera were hung in the night on the gateway to the Muslim place of Corte prayer. A high school student was insulted and beaten in the high school Oiselet Bourgoin. Another mosque in Aix-les-Bains was put in fire.

In Villefranche-sur-Saône, a window of a kebab adjoining the mosque of the city was blown up.

It’s not a civil war but it begins to resemble to it deeply dividing communities.

I believe in my people, I am sure most of them are intelligent enough not to confuse Arabs and Islamics.

And to my Muslim friends, they are the first victims of those who, in the name of a religion that has nothing to do with Islam, a religion of love, sharing and tolerance, believe they could cure their frustrations with hate and violence.

Here a few comments from my fellow Frenchies (from Le Monde Newspaper):

“Je m’adresse aux gens en colère contre les musulmans en France, je précise que les attentats sont perpétués par des sinistres individus appartenant à des sectes barbares, ces sectes barbares comprennent toutes nationalités confondues, occidentale notamment… elle est aussi composée de gens avides de pouvoir et de domination sur leurs prochains, ces gens-là sont fous, nous devons tout faire pour les anéantir, ils ciblent et influencent des jeunes faibles rejetés par nos sociétés, cela s’appelle une organisation criminelle, ils osent se revendiquer de la religion de l’islam alors qu’ils ne comprennent rien à ses fondements, ils utilisent cette religion pour mettre leurs plans maléfiques en place… l’islam, lui, le vrai, celui qui représente la très grande majorité de musulmans en France croit en l’amour, la paix, la tolérance, le partage, la solidarité, le respect et est victime de plagia, victime d’un homonyme encombrant, alors, mesdames messieurs, arrêtez de vous faire du mal à vous masquer la vue avec vos idées de peur, regardez autour de vous, prenez du recul, respirez un bon coup et observez les derniers évènements et vous verrez bien que des musulmans ont été victimes de ces attentats, que tous les autres musulmans condamnent sévèrement ces actes lâches, ils sont dégoutés que des ignorants fassent l’amalgame en détériorant leurs lieux de cultes…avez vous déjà entendu parler d’églises souillées par ces même musulmans, non je ne pense pas, alors, ne vous trompez pas d’ennemis, prenez les choses avec du recul, PAS D’AMALGAMES SVP”

“I talk to people angry against the Muslims in France, I said that the attacks were perpetrated by individuals belonging to barbarians sinister cults, sects including barbarians of all nationalities, including Western people… it is also composed of people greedy for power and dominance over their neighbours, these people are crazy, we must do everything to destroy them, they target young people and influence the weak rejected by our societies, this is called a criminal organisation, they dare to act under the religion of Islam but they do not understand its foundations, they use the religion to bring their evil plans in place … Islam, the real one, which represents the vast majority of Muslims in France believes in love, peace, tolerance, sharing, solidarity, respect and is victim of plagiarism, bulky namesake, then, ladies and gentlemen, stop harm yourselves and  mask your ideas with fear, look around you, step back, take a deep breath and look at the latest events and see that Muslims were victims of these attacks, all other Muslims strongly condemn these cowardly acts, they are disgusted that the ignorant do amalgam by damaging their places of worship … have you ever heard of churches defiled by these same Muslim, I do not think so, do not fool enemies, take things with hindsight, NO AMALGAMS PLEASE”

“Putain mais dans quel monde on vit ! Répondre par la violence sur des innocents c’est vous rabaisser au même niveau que ce que les tueurs on fait hier. Les musulmans sont plus que nombreux à prier avec nous et à déplorer les actes abominables qui ont été commis. Apprenez à faire la différence entre les musulmans et les extrémistes intégristes ! (D’ailleurs en passant, les extrémistes n’existent pas que dans l’islam). J’aime profondément mes amis musulmans et j’en ai marre de voir l’image de leur religion souillée ! Les pays du Maghreb ont déjà manifesté leur soutient. Ne faites pas n’importe quoi. Ne tuez pas des innocents, protégez les lieux de cultes et votre famille. Tuer pour essayer de faire taire, c’est juste un acte de faiblesse ! De la pure faiblesse. Et alors quoi ? Si quelqu’un n’a pas les mêmes opinions que moi il faut que je le tue c’est ça ? Le language a été inventé pour communiquer non ? N’oubliez pas qu’avant d’avoir une culture distincte, une religion différente ou que sais-je encore, nous sommes des ETRES HUMAINS. Et là on s’entre-tue. La France se traduit en chinois par le “pays du droit”. S’attaquer à des innocents, vouloir détruire des mosquées à tort en plus, ce n’est certainement pas exercer une justice digne de ce pays. Alors au lieu de dépenser de l’énergie pour rien, apprenons à mieux connaître nos alliés et nos véritable ennemis. L’ennemi premier étant ici visiblement le manque de connaissances.”

“Fuck, but in what sort of world are we living! Respond with violence on innocents brings you down to the same level that those killers. Muslims are more than likely to pray with us and deplore the heinous acts that were committed. Learn to tell the difference between Muslims and fundamentalist extremists! (By the way, the extremists do not exist in Islam). I deeply love my Muslim friends and I’m tired of seeing the image of their religion defiled! The Maghreb countries have already expressed their support. Do not do anything. Do not kill the innocent; protect places of worship and family. Killed to reduce people to silence, it’s just an act of weakness! Pure weakness. And then what? If someone does not have the same opinions as me I have to kill him? Language was invented to communicate not? Remember that before having a distinct culture, a different religion or whatever, we are HUMAN BEINGS. And then we kill each other. France is translated into Chinese by the “country of law.” Attack innocent people, destroy mosques, is certainly not justice in this country. So instead of wasting energy for nothing, learn to know our allies and true enemies. The first enemy here is clearly the lack of knowledge.”

18 September 1981

The abolition of the death penalty in France

Robert Badinter2The French Parliament adopted with 369 votes against 113 Robert Badinter Law abolishing the death penalty whilst according to a survey, 62% of French wanted to maintain it. This is how democracy works 🙂

So believe it or not but France was at the time, with Turkey the only western European countries to apply the death penalty. The guillotine (created by Dr. Antoine Louis and engineer Tobias Schmidt) is discarded upon enactment of the law.The Minister of Justice ordered the removal of the two guillotines existing in France, one in Fresnes (Parisian suburb located in Val de Marne) and the other in Vernon (department of Eure in the Haute Normandie region). The government offered them to museum but none of them accepted the bloody gifts (tell me about it!), they ended their careers in a secret disused military fort.

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Implemented in 1791 the guillotine has replaced a variety of capital punishments (tellement scary!!!)  in France (Under the “Ancien Régime”), depending on the crime and the status of the condemned person, such as:

  • Hanging was the common punishment;
  • shooting of the right hand for thieves
  • decapitation by sword (reserved for nobles);
  • burning for relapsed heretics and incendiary (the patient was often discreetly previously strangled by a noose);
  • Hot oil: for counterfeiters…

The last executed would be Hamida Djandoubi on 10 September 1977 was the last person to be executed in France being convicted for torture and murder in Marseille (South East of France – Bouches-du-Rhône/ Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur), 10 would sitting in death row will escape the death penalty thinks to this law.

Between 1984 and 1995, 27 legislative drafts had been proposed to the Parliament to restore the death penalty but none has been successful.

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Save the dates ! 17th September

What happened today in France?

The Treaty of Bergerac

Protestants and Catholics signed the Treaty of Bergerac to end the sixth War of Religion (don’t know why but in today’s context I still feel that nothing has changed, a religious War is starting internationally). This was triggered by the Catholic League, which managed to convince the king to cancel the Edict of Beaulieu ( = which was signed in Beaulieu-lès-Loches by Henry III of France, ending the fifth war of religion the 6th of May 157) recognising the Protestant worship and granting numerous safeguards for them to practice their religion.

Defeated at the Battles of the Charité-sur-Loire and Issoire, the Protestants have no other choice but to sign a treaty significantly reducing the benefits they earned by the Edict of Beaulieu.

Later in October, the treaty will be confirmed by the Edict of Poitiers.

Let’s end with something a bit more cheerful 🙂

First Mc Do in France

Under the curious gaze of the Alsatian, the first McDonalds opened the 17th September 1979 in Strasbourg. Why Strasbourg and not Paris? Don’t know really? Anyway, it worked so well ever since that Mc Do (as we call it in France) founded in 1955 in the United States, has more than one thousand restaurants in France.

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Adieu Madame Thatcher!

Loathe or like her… IFrom what I read in France the opinion is quite mixed while some of us would love to have someone with such determination these days some only remember the worse of her…

I let you meditate on this with the English version of Renaud’s song.

The French version for those interested can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_v9IrI04h0

Fun and politics: a bimbo for President?

As you probably know, the French elections are coming up soon. Our country has been upset by rebounds all throughout 2011 and now France is speaking around about two candidates: Sarkozy and Holland and sometimes a third one: Marine Le Pen.

But our political landscape is marked by other personalities who are keen to apply for the most difficult French job of the century: PRESIDENT OF THE FRANCE.

And all this is very funny when you see what they present to us. I do not know and I do not recall seeing this kind of funny characters during the last British elections. This is why J’ADORE my France, Enjoy!

Her moto: “For a hedonism France,” whispered the slogan of the candidate’s “party of fun,” Cindy Lee (her stage name) presents herself as an “artist professional dancer” that is to say a stripper.  She’s not new to the French political landscape, she’s already ran the race for the Elysee for three times. In addition to an arsenal of anti-crisis measures, the platinum blonde offers a society based on “well-being and sexuality for all.” An enticing program she has tried to present in 2002 and 2007. But Cindy Lee had failed to glean the 500 referrals necessary to be officially in the “electable”.

The Raelian Rasta with his 69 proposals, Rasta President recites measures to make France more vile and enter the era of “Paradigm”: “a political system similar to communism, but without the proletariat. Rasta President calls himself XX invokes the minimum wage for members of government, the right to vote from the age of 6 years, the legalisation of cannabis, 100% unemployment (its slogan: “Work less, live better”), the legalisation of polygamy and so on… On its website, the man of thirty years shows the composition of his government if you’re curious (like me) have a look at his website on: http://www.rastapresident.com/

Ladies and Gentlemen, big fun to introduce the veiled woman. Her name is Kenza Drider, she is 32 and she also wants to be the next French president. Have you guessed the Distinctive sign? She wears the niqab and wishes to compete in the election to obtain the annulation of the “veil law”.

She had launched her candidacy in Meaux (Parisian suburb, located in the south of Paris) and amusingly the mayor there is Jean-Francois Cope, the fountainhead of the project to ban the veil. Kenza Drider offers retirement at age 60 for women, against 65 men. She also wants to close all bars, restaurants and nightclubs selling alcohol and forbid mini skirts and dresses. Poor me L I guess if she’s elected I would have to ask for a British passport…

Kenza, XX or Cindy so different but so witty… They are not the only one to have fun every four years with crazy economic or political propositions… But I found these three quite interesting and hilarious. Who do you prefer? I’ll be curious to know (I found XX quite mental)… XoXo

L’origine du mal

I love fashion and I love Arts.  Whilst I was preparing my next itinerary to Corsica, I came across an incredible and controversy exhibition that arouses my curiosity.

Anthony Limelette, a second year student in Arts at the University of Corte, is the author of the picture entitled “The origin of evil,” depicting as you can see below a penis and a rosary.

By way of advertisement, Anthony had circulated posters on the university campus. But he also assumed a desire to provoke reactions and it worked indeed!  This photo has infuriated the Student unions that have found these it too provocative and antireligious. They also managed to cancel the presentation of his work in the university. After the controversy created by the white photos, the Bliss Concept gallery in Ajaccio has decided to exhibit the works of Anthony Limelette until February 13, 2012. As every Artist Anthony claimed that his works have been misunderstood and invite people to come and understand all the metaphors and analogies behind his work. Let’s give him a chance 😉

Since I am going there soon, I am looking forward to seeing it, so guys if you have the opportunity to get there, please leave your opinions and your thoughts.

Cheers

XOXO

Getting Free in France

Finally, the mobile plan that going to revolutionise the mobile market in France has came up.

 

Free thank you, people are now Free to pay cheaper communication rates in France!

 

After weeks of intense buzz, orchestrated by the owner of Free, Xavier Niel, the operator launched this morning its range of mobile plans “Free Mobile” expected to revolutionise the industry.

During a press release, Xavier Niel has unveiled a unique package at 19.99 euros (£16.54) , sold from today and introduced as the cheapest of the market. Free also proposed a “social” offer, in reference to the economical plan set up bythe government, but that will be accessible to anyone on benefits. For 2 euros per month, this plan offers 60 minutes of communication and 60 SMS per month.

Also, for all new Freebox customers ( for your information Freebox is the broadband offer of the company providing TV with 200 channels, home phone with unlimited calls in Europe & USA/Canada and unlimited internet), Free also provides benefits:the broadband package will be marketed only 15.99 euros (£13.23) instead of 19.99 euros (£16.54) and the “social plan” will be free .

Competition is becoming fierce in France between the three big operators Orange, Bouygues, SFR and the new entrant Free!

And here? When are we going to get this kind of plans?? We’re still waiting, I really hope that Free will extend its market in England. 😀

2011 French review: if u loved 2011, u’ll adore 2012!

Happy 2012 to all of you guys! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break and had a fantastic time with family and friends.  As far as I am concerned I have been in France for Christmas and in Spain to celebrate the New Year and we had a lot of fun down there.

In France, I have been around family and friends talking about all that happened in France in 2011 and trying to understand people point of view and how people felt of Sarkozy’s reign.

This time I’ve stayed long enough to become “French” again and getting back this so missed mentality, way of living and the current “cultural trends”. But, I have to say something, I felt good! I felt good amongst my people and it was as if I had never left “Douce France le pays de mon enfance”. 😀

2011 has been mixed and controversial for France politically, historically and socially. The country has met some good and bad vibes, let review it rapidly.

Let’s start by the futilities.

1.       Music

The French musical review!

I will put aside all the music and international authors everyone knows (i.e. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna…).  Here I will focus on new French artists of the year and bestselling French singles.

This is the first song I want to Introduce you. It’s “logobitombo” interpreted by Moussier Tombola. It Was The Buzz of the Year in France and a fantastic and unexpected success. It’s a very funny song Which invites the dancer to dance “Sean Paul” dance with a “submachine gun” position and if meet jealous people around you, Moussier Tombola invite you to do the “Ferme-la” gesture (shut up gesture). To Listen Without moderation.

Below, a classic and chic French representative Vanessa Paradis that I do not need to introduce with La Seine featuring M who won a “Victoire de la musique” the equivalent of the national Brit award.

Another French classic artist Laurent Voulzy with Jeanne. In case you don’t know him, Voulzy is a French singer and composer. Also, he is best known for his collaborative song writing efforts with singer/songwriter Alain Souchon and his solo singing career, which spanned several successful albums and song including Rockollection.

A young and successful artist from France M. Pokora with a song called «en attendant la fin” translate “Waiting for the end. Mathieu was born in Strasbourg, France commonly known as M. Pokora or Matt Pokora, is a French singer and songwriter. He’s the son of professional footballer André Tota but he’s best known for his participation in the third season of Popstars, a French talent reality television show broadcast on M6. The concept of the program was to present possible candidates the winners of which would take part in the formation of a boy band or girl band. He was a crowd and jury favourite became a member of a boy band called Linkup formed with Lionel and Otis, two other winners in 2003 Popstars. The French rumours say that is in fact gay and his potential boyfriend is the footballer Djibril Cissé. True? I hope no.

I wish I had more time to introduce you to all the French talents but this is the last one, I love her style. This is Inna Modja with French Cancan (Monsieur Sainte Nitouche). It’s just a pity that she sings in English and not more in French. Quick prez,  Inna was born in Bamako, Mali of a Fulani family of seven children of which she is the last, Inna Bocoum was named artist Inna Modja the nickname given to it by his mother, which means “Inna is wrong “in Fulani.

In June 2011 her new single “French Cancan” became one of the tubes of the summer of 2011, positioning itself at the top # 1 TV, Radio # 5 on top and # 3 in Top 50 singles. Building on its success, it offers a second single “La Fille Du Lido” and the album Love Revolution November 7, 2011.

2. Sport

The World Athletics Championships 2011 in Daegu, South Korea:  4 medals for France and 25 for Americans (surprised???).  First medal for the 200m is for Christophe Lemaitre and is made of bronze. The second is for Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (3000m), also in bronze. The third was won by Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault, also in bronze; it is one of the French disappointments as the target was the gold medal. However, we have big winners of this championship were Tinmar, Lemaitre, and Lesourd Vicaut who won the silver medal after a magnificent race 4x100m relay men.

Let’s talk about tennis now, as the French tennismen ended the year with four representatives in the Top 20 – a record – a quartet led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga author of a remarkable late season notably with his game with Roger Federer in the Masters in London.  And there are 3 other players in the Top 20 Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. For the first time, we have some big potential to reach the gold medal in 2012!

A few words about football and the team of France, 13 matches played, 7 won and 6 null results, an unbeaten run which has now reached 17 games, a qualification for Euro 2012, having finished in first place of its group. The year 2011 in the France team has been successful. Nationally speaking, the club champion for the year 2010-2011 is the LOSC, winning after 38 games in front of the Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais. I would have preferred Paris, but the club will have to recruit big players and I think of more readjustments, it is not won yet!

3.       French meteorological review

Exceptional average temperature for 2011 with three remarkable events: an exceptionally hot and dry spring, a July remarkably cool and rainy, Mediterranean sequences of heavy rain fall, causing serious flooding in the South East France.

4.       Economic review

The year 2011 began greatly for the French economy. But it ends with a threat of recession, while the government had to implement two different austerity plans

In spring 2011, all seem to be acceptable for the French economy, decent employment figures and productivity untying the budget constraint, and strengthening the goal of reducing unemployment. Business leaders showed a strong confidence with the economy.

But during the summer, the market started to boil. The United States lose their triple A and the sovereign debt crisis in the euro area threatens to spread. François Fillon announced an emergency plan of 12 billion euros.

But two months later, the plan seemed already obsolete. The debt crisis spreads, market pressure rises and business leaders hinder their investment and stopped hiring. 2% growth forecast already fallen to 1.75% in late August and decreased to 1%. On November 7, a new recovery plan of 7 billion was announced for 2012 marked by the acceleration of the pension reform and tax increases.

While the executives wanted to defend at any cost the French triple-A, they were forced to radically change their speech a month later when Standard & Poor’s placed all the countries of the euro area on “surveillance” threatening  France of a deterioration of its mark by two ranks.

Also, as per the last figures received, the unemployment figures in France in November 2011 were again very bad.  The number of unemployed rose sharply in last November. Job offers are too low to stop this movement and the number of unemployed reached 9.8% meaning 2.9 million of French population. It is important to note that countries gaining the highest number of unemployed in Europe are Spain (5.3 million) followed by France (2.9 million), Germany (2.3 million) and Italy (2.1 million).

Finally, a nearly 75 billion euros expected, the trade deficit of France has reached a new level this year, breaking his record of 2008 (- 56.2 billion). This degradation is due to soaring energy bills related to the price of Brent, but also by a growing loss of competitiveness in the industry.

5.       Political review

Chichi our chouchou, Primary election for the left wing, DSK, political rearrangements, and senatorial elections.

On February 27, 2011, big changes occurred in the French political picture. After six weeks of controversy on the trip to Tunisia of Michele Alliot-Marie, the head of the state replaced its foreign minister by Alain Juppé, who became the new leader of government.

Hortefeux also left the government and Claude Gueant became the new interior minister.

Exceptional fact in 2011, the left has a majority in the Senate; it is a first under the Fifth Republic and the first time since 1958. in parallel, the PS won the cantonal and a lot of people consider it as “a warning to the UMP and Nicolas Sarkozy ‘ for the next election. French people are not happy, they’re suffering and they want the politics to know that.

Moreover, with nearly 2.7 million voters on October 9 and October 16 the primary election (Primaire socialiste) organised by the Socialist Party was a success for the supporters of the left wing. François Hollande emerged victorious face to Martine Aubry and will be the candidate of PS to face Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election.

And even though, François Hollande began 2011 as the left wing outsider, he finished the year with the status of favourite for the presidential election. He is leading in all polls and could win the second round by 56% to 58% of the vote. The former first secretary of the PS has been lucky as his status today is due to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, major favourite, at the beginning of the year. The polls announced DSK as the President of France. This was before the case Nafissatou Diallo or the case Tristane Banon or the newest case of the Carlton hotel in Lille … If this is democracy and freedom, DSK has lost everything: his honour, the IMF and all his and his wife ambitions.

BREAKING and FUNNY NEWS:  our former president Jacques Chirac was sentenced to two years suspended sentence in the case of fictitious employees of the City of Paris. Chichi (as Frenchies call him) will not appeal his conviction.

Really, I could write hours on what happened in France in 2011 but I think I’ve been through the most important part of Frenchies’ lives.  I hope the best for all of us in 2012 with a special though for my French “compatriots”!

JOYEUSES ANNEE A VOUS TOUS. ENORMES BISOUS DE FRENCHATTITUDE ❤