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 Shooting in Champs-Elysees

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.

c2176f8d6ec6510a916cace550e674a56e8b2601370fefb8e4ce11c4d593de01_3935708Karim 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.

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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%.

 

French Election: Religion & Politics?

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France goes to the polls in 10 days to elect a new president. Will the National Front’s Marine Le Pen pull off a Brexit-style victory?

French Ambassador in Dhaka Sophie Aubert was delivering a lecture on France’s foreign policy and its challenges at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies or BIISS in Dhaka.

Aubert said religion is a “complex issue”. “We must be very careful before the misuse and manipulation of religion at the political level.”

France is at war with this jihadist movement outside the country: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. In the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria. Despite the fact that the French are not “really” living these wars, they’ve already been labelled as War of Religion or the “Invisible WW3”.

In fact, most of Le Pen’s voters are rejecting Islam and its conviction, still shaken by the attacks which happened in Nice or Paris and also more recently in London and really concerned by the national security.

The three biggest concerns of the French are:
1 – immigration (coming first for 38% of the population)
2 – Security (coming first for 30% of the population)
3 – unemployment rate (coming first for 12% of the population)

Having these numbers in mind, the French population also feel like they are facing a cultural and ideological threat with Islam first being the most practised religion in France feeling like the country is losing its identity. In fact, a lot defended her when she mentioned back three years that Muslims holding prayer services in the streets of Paris (Chateau Rouge) felt “like an occupation.”

On April 23, the French will go to the polls to cast their ballot for one of eleven candidates, four of whom are polling at or near 20 percent. Two weeks later, they will choose between the top two vote-getters. Any of the top four could conceivably make it to the second round.

The population is sick of the traditional politics: left wing, right wing… Bye! They ready to give a chance to “newest” parties such as Le Front National and Le Parti Communiste! Of Mélanchon. The latter had a dramatic seven-point surge recently, unexpectedly turning France’s roller-coaster presidential race into a possible four-way contest where anybody could be elected really. And 32% of the French population still doesn’t know who they are voting for…. Scary…

Well, religion doesn’t govern our politics nowadays but certainly dictates the community’s choices regarding candidates. Hence Le Pen’s rise these last couple of years.

À vous de juger!

Frenchie xxx

French Election Coverage: Meet Fillon, (Part 3) D-23

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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.

FACTS:

–    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

PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

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.

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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 ???

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Demander a Cahuzac, Tevennoud, …

Ensuite mise en examen ne veut pas dire condamnée!

Ask this to Cahuzac, Tevennoud, …
Then indictment does not mean condemned!

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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.

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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 🙂

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French Election coverage: Meet Marine Le Pen (Part 1) – D – 28

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As the French presidential elections becoming the talk of South Kensington, there are many speculations, and polls from agencies, reporters and news channels across the world are making predictions. The leader of the Right National Front Party, Mrs Marine Le Pen is considered as one of the most potential candidates, and here, we have tried to give our readers some crucial facts that can help them to know more about her.

• Her full real name is Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen
• At the beginning of her career as a lawyer, she volunteered for immediate summary trials. In this context, she is led to defend a foreigner in an irregular situation and ironically wins these cases 8 times out of 10.
• She’d been known for being a party animal for years; she inherited of the nickname of “lofteuse” French slang for a party animal.
• Five years ago, she took over the party from her father, and the founder of the Front National Party Jean-Marie Le Pen and she has inherited politics from him. She has started attending FN meetings at the age of 13 along with her father, and it has shaped her political career to a great extent.
• A comedian known for making Nazi-evocative gesture “La Quenelle” is a big fan of Marine and the National Front.

Don’t be complacent… We’ve seen with Trump’s victory in the USA that today everything’s possible. People are not trusting the traditional media influences and articles anymore. They look way further and try to understand in their own way the world. Demonising a politician is not anymore a way to eliminate and bury him from the politic scene anymore!

Secularism is threatened by the very presence of Islam which has become the first practised religion of France, enough to scare the working and middle classes.

The immigration issue and fear from immigrants, especially Muslims (again!) and the current antipathy in EU has put forward Marine Le Pen.

All in all, France’s reality today is immigration, terrorism, insecurity, …

The French are scared, so afraid that the taboo of a far-right presidency no longer holds in France and her 144 commitments to the French People, Le Pen has promised the following:

• She will protect France from globalisation and reduce taxes and enhance welfare payments for working class.
• Also, she has announced that she will make the procedure of becoming a French citizen tough and deport all the illegal immigrants from the country.
• Hold a referendum to revise the Constitution
• Restore the automatic expulsion of foreign criminals and offenders. Establish bilateral agreements that allow sentenced foreigners to serve their sentences in their countries of origin.
• Make it impossible to regularise or naturalise illegal foreigners. Simplify and automate their expulsion.
• Permanently pave all public buildings of the French flag and remove the European flag.
• She had welcomed the exit of the Britain from the European Union and promised that Frexit is next if she comes in power.

Her political programme seems to reassure the people, and according to some polls and election experts, she is most probably going to be in the final round of the presidential elections in May.

The world is changing….

Frenchie
The first round of presidential elections will be held in France on April 22. In case no party wins the majority, two candidates with highest votes will contest for the second round on May 6.

French Attitude toward Le Pen

J’adhère à 1000% car pour devenir français, il faut le mériter!!!
beaucoup prennent la nationalité française pour bénéficier des avantages,?
Qui peuplent nos prisons ?
On voit ce qui se passe avec les attentats, ce sont pour beaucoup des français d’origne…..
OUI au FN

I adhere to (Le Pen’s political views) 1000% because to become French, you have to deserve !!!
Many take French citizenship to enjoy the benefits?
Who populate our prisons?
We see what happens with the terrorist attacks, they are for many French people.
YES to the FN

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Je ne suis pas contre l’idée mais qui décide si machin ou truc est méritant ou pas, et selon quels critères ? Elle a précisé quelque chose à ce sujet ? Parce que c’est là que ça devient intéressant!

I am not against the idea (of toughening the procedure of becoming a French citizen ) but who decides whether or not X or Y deserve the citizenship, and according to what criteria? Did she say something about that? Because that’s where it gets interesting!

Le pen continue le business du père de gagner des sous en participant aux élections mais sans se faire élire.Fillon est un corrompu mais qui fait dans l’artisanat local alors macron fait dans la multinationale.

Le Pen continues her father’s business of winning pennies by participating in elections but without getting elected. Fillon is a corrupt and excels in local craftsmanship then Macron excels in the multinational.

A choisir entre Marine et Macron le menteur destructeur cynique et impitoyable.. il n’y a pas à hésiter !! C’est Marine . Avec Macron, c’est la mort et la misère assurée pour beaucoup de français et françaises.

Between Marine and Macron the cynical destructive ruthless liar  .. there is no hesitation !! It’s Marine. With Macron, it is death and misery assured for many French.

Moi ça me dérange qu’un pays étranger qui ne recherche que notre ruine et la destruction de l’Union Européenne finance un parti politique qui justement… prone le fin de l’Europe! D’autant plus quand ce pays n’est ni un ami ni une démocratie exemplaire, loin s’en faut, et qu’il fait déjà peur à tous ses voisins, dont certains sont membres… de l’Union Europénne! Ça a comme une odeur de haute trahison…

It disturbs me that a foreign country that only seeks our ruin and the destruction of the European Union finances a political party that precisely … want to the end Europe! Especially when this country is neither a friend nor an exemplary democracy, far from it, and that scares all its neighbors, some of which are members … of the European Union! It smells like high treason …

Victoire de la musique

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Whilst the The Brit Awards are coming around quickly (i.e. this Saturday 24th February), last Friday France was awarding its pop artists.

You could see on their faces the joy of being recognised by the industry. There were those who, too modest or moved, to remained impassive as Louane. The singer just held her trophy against her heart and made a really touching speech.

Conversely, there were those not even trying to contain their joy and roll on the ground like Santa from Hyphen Hyphen, definitely not the shy type!

Others had tearful eyes as they couldn’t believe it like Yael Naim.

There were also those who make short speeches, those who made engaged speech such as Nekfeu who spoke of a refugee charity, a cause that is close to his heart.

Finally, we had those like The Innocents who received an award after 20 years of absence.

In short, the 31th ceremony of the Victoires de la Musique, last Friday was full of emotions with a wide variety of artists from the past and current!

Here are their winning songs, enjoy!

Artiste masculin de l’année (Male Solo Artist) : Vianney

Artiste féminine de l’année (Female Solo Artist): Yael Naim

Album révélation (Breakthrough act – Album): Chambre 12, Louane

Groupe ou artiste révélation scène (Breakthrough act – Performance): Hyphen Hyphen

Chanson originale de l’année (Original Song of the year): Sapés comme jamais, Maître Gims

Album Chanson de l’année (Album of the year): De l’amour, Johnny Hallyday

Album Rock de l’année (Rock Album of the year): Mandarine, Les Innocents

Album Musiques urbaines de l’année (Hip Hop/Urban Album of the year): Feu, Nekfeu

Album Musiques électroniques de l’année (Electronic Music of the year):  The wanderings of the Avener, The Avener

Album Musiques du monde de l’année (World Music of the year): Homeland, Hindi Zahra

Clip vidéo de l’année (Video Clip of the year)  & Spectacle musical / Tournée / Concert (Show/Tour/Concert of the year) : Christine And The Queens – Tournée des Zéniths

19 September 2014

I have to admit that yesterday; my article Save the Dates went a bit gory on the death penalty and the guillotine in France. I thought it was important to have a bit of history in contrast of being too generic article. Talking about “history”, let’s talk about our History, France and England relationship. Yes, we’ve always been in a love/hate relationship with England. A long history of battles, wars, reconciliations, cheats, alliances and so on… This 19th of September is the anniversary of at least 2 famous battles between those countries… And France is not well placed here…

There we go:

19 September 1356 – Defeat of Poitiers

Bataille de Poitiers The French army was crushed by the English archers at the first real battle of the Hundred Years War (i.e. from 1356 to 1453). The King of France, Jean II Le Bon and his son, Philip le Hardi were taken prisoners. The Black Prince whose real name is Edward of Woodstock (Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and finally Prince of Aquitaine) led them to Bordeaux and imprisoned them in London.

19 September 1417 – Capitulation of Caen

 

19 September 1417 - Capitulation of CaenAfter a month of siege, the castle of Caen surrendered to the troops of Henry the V, making it his headquarters. After the victory over the Armagnacs at Agincourt (1415), Normandy is now English. Henry V forced Charles VI Le Fou to sign the Treaty of Troyes dated 21 May 1420, making him the new king of France and England. Can you imagine, France could have been part of the UK! :0

The 19th of September is obviously not a great date for my Frenchies…. 😦

However, Caen was occupied by the English until 1450 retaken by Charles VII of France. We lost a few battles but we won Normandy back 😉

19 September 1783 – The Montgolfier brothers bluff the Court of Versailles

 220px-Montgolfiere_1783In front of a Court held by Louis XVI, Joseph-Michel et Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier managed to fly a 400 cubic meters balloon having on board a rooster, a duck and a sheep. The idea of a hot air balloon came to Joseph in November 1782.

Later, in December 1783, in recognition of their achievement, their father Pierre was elevated to the nobility and the hereditary appellation of “De Montgolfier” by King Louis XVI of France.

For the little story, the Montgolfier Company still exists today. In fact, Etienne’s son-in-law, Barthélémy Barou de la Lombardière de Canson (you can’t do longer than that!) succeeded him as the head of the company (he married Jacques-Etienne’s daughter Alexandrine de Montgolfier).

The company became “Montgolfier et Canson” in 1801, then “Canson-Montgolfier” in 1807. Nowadays, Canson SAS (everybody in France knows the brand, we use Canson for our drawing class at school) is a successful company producing fine art papers and sold in 120 countries.

I’ll probably write later about the incredible story and tragic end of Suzanne de Canson, heir of Montgolfier and Canson.

20 things Paris has that London should get ASAP!!!!

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I have lived in London for four years now and I’ve been in an up and down friendly relationship with this city. But one day, I realised that my feelings had changed, I was in love with the city. I basically fell in love with London; with its character, its unpredictability and its own special beauty and sensitivity under the rain. However, I have and will always have an affair with my first love Paris. Just because London has a few things to acquire for me to be 100% faithful (mentioned in no particular order :)):

Number 1: More terraces! I know, you’ll say why on earth should we have plenty of terraces when we can count over one hand the number of sunny days in this country (I’ve been amazingly surprised by this summer though)  we seriously need more terrace, sick of being hit & kick by bottoms and shoulders  of the passersby  risking an indelible wine stain!

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Number 2: what a miss!!! Café/croissant culture: this is the most enjoying moment of a working day, having a double espresso with a croissant (without butter please, that is just a sin!!!!!!!!) in a Café before heading at work! A délice terribly missing in London!!!!!

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Number 3: more healthy places to eat in: Mc Donald, KFC, Burger King, Super King Burger, Friend Chicken Champion, fish and chips, fish and chips and fish and chips…. I am glad that PRET is up to this level but God, I’d love to eat in more healthy places enjoying a nice and healthy fillet mignon.

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Number 4: lounges and classy places which doesn’t cost a hand: I love pubs; they are affordable, full of energy and quite comfy… But where I’d be more please with a loungy romantic, dark lighting place with nice chilling music at affordable prices Nowhere to be find in London!

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Number 5: Frogs and snails in more restaurants and shops: Yummy! Healthy! And full of proteins! Miam, Miam…

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Number 6: vomit-free streets on Sunday mornings: OMG I have never seen so much human soups in my life… Try to have a run around 7am a Sunday morning around Oxford Circus or Picca; you’ll be surprised how colourful the pavements can be! It will turn you off from pizzas for 5 lives…

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Number 7: I can’t believe that in a big city as busy as London, most of the standard night life ends at 2am ot 3am max!!!! Come on… Is it a curfew? In Paris the typical night life ends minimum around 5/6am.

Ooooops, just changed my mind for the sake of the country!!!!! This might increase the level of alcohol overdose.

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Number 8: I want to eat a magret de canard at 3am in a very nice restaurant if I want to. After 10pm in London, you can’t eat a real and healthy meal but a burger in a dubious place and crying for stomach pain the following day.

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Number 9: A love reality show at number 10! Just because… We love drama!

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Number 10: More vintage market (Ref Marche de Clignancourt). Ok, ok… There are a few jewels in London but what is the equivalent of the 3 hectares, 2500 stands Parisian Marché de Clignancourt in London? Still to create…

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Number 11: La tour Eiffel: because Elle (it) worth it !

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Number 12: Real French kisses:

I am going to add a lot of enemy on my list by saying this but my dear British gentlemen, I haven’t met anyone (so far) giving me a better kiss than my worse (but not too bad after all) French kiss in Paris. Just can’t keep up!

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Number 13: Le Moulin Rouge, because London needs to sexy up a bit!

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Number 14: A London version of “Inna Modja” with her successful song French Cancan. Soooooo Parisian!!!

Number 15: Real fresh baguette! Sorry Tesco/Asda/Waitrose and others… You just can’t keep up!

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Number 16: The Jambon/Beurre, the simplest, easiest (to make), healthiest sandwich on earth!

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Number 17: Ready-to eat Chinese :

I miss those windows full of Asian food showcased like shoes… So appetising…

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Number 18: Pâtes au foie gras, the healthiest fatty greasy food on earth!

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Number 19: Love cadenas on Le Pont des Arts, Paris 4e

Tellement Paris, tellement romantic… We love being in love, feeling loved, demonstrate love in love….

Number 20: 

Le Parisien

I am not sure about this, but does London have its own city magazine? The thing I am sure of is that it’s not as popular as Le Parisien (one million copies sold daily) in Paris… We just love it! And we absolutely love their advertisements which show with humour our boldness and how we are… To read without moderation ….

Le Parisien, il vaut mieux l’avoir en journal  => Le Parisien, it is better to have it as newspaper

To see without moderation ;))

Bye frog lovers xxx

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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The French national team – snails or frogs?

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I’m sure you know but as a reminder I’m Parisian (before even being a French:))  and as a real sporty Parisian I suppose Le Paris Saint Germain (PSG)! So what a shock when the news came out that they’ll be playing with my favourite roast beef team Le Chelsea 😉

So of course my heart broke into pieces when they were disqualified (secong leg match) by my Brit team wondering where was Cavani’s mind (or should I say footwork?)  and why Zlatan didn’t play on that day. But I was still happy for Chelsea (and I did celebrate) at least they didn’t loose against Arsenal ha ha 😉

I love football, I love Le PSG however I’m not sure about the French national team. Since 1998 we’ve been waiting for another victory or at least an exploit but nothing came out of it especially since Zidane retired. I believe the French team has the same problem as the English team, theoretically they are  good on paper but for some reason it doesn’t really work for real.  I heard people saying that the problem of the English team is a clash of too many egos (tell me about it a mix of Arsenal, City, Chelsea and Man United what a cocktail!!!); the national team is being ruined by the deepest hates between the players who don’t play with a team spirit but just to show off their personal assets to the world. What do you think my dear Roast Beef?

And what about the French team? What we’ve been so bad since ages? What do my dearest frogs in France think about it? Here are the points of view of my Compatriotes Frogs:

The Politically incorrect comments:

football, voitures, président, en FRANCE TOUT EST NUL => football, cars, President in FRANCE EVERYTHING SUCKS

Comment from www.rtl.fr

L équipe de France est à l’image du président c’est à dire nulle. =>French Football team is like the president = sucks

Comment from www.rtl.fr

L’équipe de France est à l’image de son pays, un mélange d’individualités venues de tous horizons incapables de faire de grandes choses ensemble. Leur seul intérêt est individuel. Comme quoi notre modèle social ne marche pas.  =>The French team is modelled on his country, a mix of individuals coming from all walks of life unable to do great things together. Their only interest is individual which shows that our social model does not work.

Comment from www.rtl.fr  (my comment: this comment could be valid for the English team as well???)

 Weird analogy:

2 millions d’euros peuvent peser un modeste 4,4 kg en billets de 500 euros (4.000 billets de 1,1 g), soit le poids d’un gros bébé à la naissance. Quand on gagne en moyenne 10 millions d’euro/an, soit 6 gros bébés il est difficile de courir avec ce poids dans les poches ou sur les bras =>

2 million can weigh a modest 4.4 kilos in 500 euro notes (4000 Notes of 1.1 g) or the weight of a big baby at birth. When you win an average of 10 million euro / year or 6 big babies it’s hard to run with that weight in pockets or in your arms (my comment WTF?????)

Comment from www.rtl.fr

 Controversial (pour nous les French):

Que dire de plus sinon que courir avec un coq sur le maillot ne doit pas être très motivant pour cette équipe de France. Changez de blason pour un zèbre et ils auront la banane.

Comment from www.rtl.fr  =>What more to say if that running with a rooster on their shirts is not very motivating for the French Team. Change the emblem by zebra and they will all fired-up.

More discipline

Sérieux, vous avez vu leurs entrainements ? On se croirait au camping en vacances là … Non .. ils leur faut un entrainement digne des commandos Marine! 5 h du matin : debout!!! vous avez 5 min pour être habillé, 20 km avec un sac de 10 kg sur eux… Et non pas un entrainement digne des plus grands vacanciers..

Même les Papis genre : Platini, Ginola sont largement meilleur

Comment from www.rtl.fr =>

Seriously, have you seen their training sessions? It’s like being on a camping holidays… no .. they need commandos Marine workouts! 5am: Stand up! You have 5 minutes to get dressed, 20 km with a 10 kg bag on them … And not training for the greatest travellers ..

Even Papis Platini & Ginola are far better

The expert Api Tumba

En ce qui me concerne, la popularité de l’équipe de France a augmenté depuis sa victoire en match retour contre L’Ukraine pour les qualifications à la coupe du monde.  Personne n’y croyait et pourtant ils se sont bien débrouillés au grand contentement de ses supporters.

Parlons de l’équipe, le gardien Hugo Lloris qui joue par ailleurs  pour Tottenham Hot Spur est un des plus mauvais gardiens de première ligue, il a pris énormément de buts cette saison: 6 face à Arsenal et 6 autres face à Manchester City. Son moral n’est donc pas au plus grand fixe et il a perdu confiance.  Ce qui n’est pas génial ici.

Son binome Steve Mandanda qui joue à Marseille en ce moment est exactement comme Lloris, il n’a pas excellé cette année et on ne sait pas trop à quoi s’attendre avec lui.

Les défenseurs. Il y a pas de star! Aucun joueur s’est vraiment imposé cette saison. Raphael Varane a été blessé pendant un certain moment et il n’a pas joué de grand match cette saison donc son niveau est resté stable et on ne s’est pas à quoi s’attendre avec lui. En ce qui concerne Mamadou Sakho, il est plein d’espoir, il joue actuellement à Liverpool et il fait une belle saison donc il va être boosté par cette situation et cartonner à la coupe du monde.

Les latéraux, Patrice Evra qui joue actuellement à Manchester United a le moral dans les chaussettes, la saison a été médiocre, il a perdu confiance et aussi sa crédibilité.  Mais les français en général l’aiment bien malgré ses déboires avec les journalistes en France. Il va falloir qu’il se donne énormément pour cartonner.

Pour les milieu de terrain, je suis encore dans l’impasse à savoir qui jouera quel match. Mais les potentiels sont: Blaise Matuidi, il a fait une bonne saison c’est une des stars de l’équipe. Paul Pogba, mouais mais pour être un bon milieu de terrain, il faut de la finesse, de la technique et de la souplesse. Pogba est trop physique et trop grand, il n’a pas encore assez d’expérience pour maitriser toutes ses compétences.  Des équipes comme l’Espagne, L’Argentine et le Royaume Uni ont des excellents milieux de terrain. Il va falloir que  les sélectionneurs soient  tres perspicace dans leurs choix car les équipes mondiales ont d’excellents atouts. On parle aussi de faire jouer  Yohan Cabaye mais il a beaucoup de choses à prouver car il joue actuellement au PSG et n’a marqué qu’un seul but.

Finalement à l’attaque je reste dubitatif. Qui va jouer? Karim Benzema? OK, il  a fait une bonne saison au Real mais il est probablement boosté par une équipe de choc et plus précisément Ronaldo. Ribery? étant considéré comme le meilleur joueur de France et ayant fait une excellente saison, il va être aussi boosté par cette satisfaction.

Giraud? Je ne suis pas sur de cette sélection, je trouve que l’on parle plus de lui pour sa coupe de cheveux et ses histoires de moeurs que ses véritables qualités sportives mais à suivre… En ce qui me concerne, l’équipe n’est pas si mal et je pronostic une élimination en 8e de finale.

TRANSLATION:

As far as I am concerned, the French Team popularity has increased since his victory in the secong leg match against the Ukraine during the World Cup play off. Nobody believed in them and yet they have done well to the great delight of their supporters.

However, I do not think they are suck. There is some potential. Let’s speak about the team, the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who also plays for Tottenham Hot Spur is one of the worst goalkeepers of the premier league, he took a lot of goals this season: 6 against Arsenal and 6 others against Manchester City. His moral is low and he lost confidence. Which is not great here and this could impact his game.

Its binomial Steve Mandanda who plays in Marseille now is exactly like Lloris he has not excelled this year and I do not really know what to expect with him.

Defenders. There is no star (in the selection)! No player has truly proven his qualities this season. Raphael Varane has been injured for a while and he has not played a lot this season so his level remained stable and don’t know what to expect from him. And Mamadou Sakho, he is full of hopes, he currently plays in Liverpool and he had a great season so he will be boosted by this and can kick this World Cup.

Side Midfielders: Patrice Evra who currently plays for Manchester United is in low spirit, his season was poor, he also lost trust and credibility. But the French generally like him despite his troubles with journalists in France. He will have to excel to provide some results.

Midfielders, I (we, the French) are still unsure who is going to play. But the potentials are: Blaise Matuidi, he had a good season, he is one of the stars of the team. Paul Pogba, yeah but to be a good midfielder, it takes finesse, technique and flexibility. Pogba is too physical and too big/tall, he does not have enough experience to master all the necessary skills. Teams like Spain, Argentina and the United Kingdom have excellent midfielders. The French national football team managers will have to be very insightful in their choices as globally the international teams have great assets. We have heard a lot about Yohan Cabaye but he hasn’t proven anything u until now, now playing for PSG he has only scored one goal.

Finally, I remain skeptical for the forwards. Who will play? Karim Benzema? OK, he had a good season at Real Madrid but he is probably boosted by a strong team and Ronaldo. Ribery? Being considered as the best footballer in France, he’s having a great season, he will also be boosted by this satisfaction.

Giraud? I am not sure about this selection, I think we speak more of him for his haircut and morals that his true sporting qualities but that’s something to follow up with … In my case, the team is not so bad and my prognosis is an elimination during the quarter finals.

The soughful comment

On rêve toujours de 98, mais on a mis 100 ans à y arriver. Jusqu’à 98, la France n’a atteinte que deux fois les demi-finales, en 57 et 82.

1998 et 2000, c’est loin aujourd’hui. Il a fallu 20 ans pour y arriver. Quand on entend les spécialistes, ils sont tarés. Ils oublient tout. On arrive à avoir une équipe compétitive tous les 20 ans, pas les 10 ans. Ils n’arrivent pas à faire les calculs. Il y a eu la bande à Kopa en 58, celle de Platini en 82 et donc l’équipe de France championne du monde en 1998. Donc, là, théoriquement, ce sera pour 2018.

Il va falloir attendre. Il y a des petits nouveaux qui arrivent, comme Pogba, Varane. Il faudra attendre qu’ils aient 23-24 piges, comme Thuram, Zidane à l’époque. Ils jouent au foot. Ils ont déjà des gros contrats, mais ils courent, ils sont décomplexés, ils ont faim. C’est encourageant pour la suite. Varane et Pogba, ils le montrent qu’ils sont indispensables. Quand ils prennent des coups, ils se relèvent, pas comme Valbuena.

comment from terrafemina.com / Rapper MC Jean Gab’1 =>

One always dream of 98, but it has taken France 100 years to get there. Up to 98, France has reached twice the semifinals in 57 and 82 (my comments: in fact 4 times according to my table below).

(…) When we hear the experts, they are crazy! They forget everything. It happens to have a competitive team every 20 years, not every 10 years. They fail to make the calculations. There was the Kopa’s team in 58, then in 82 Platini’s team and finally the French being World Champion in 1998. So there, theoretically, it could be happening 2018.

We will have to wait. There are new kids coming in, like Pogba, Varane. We’ll have to wait up until they reach 23-24 yo, like Thuram , Zidane at their time. They play football. They already have big contracts, but they run, they are uninhibited, they are hungry. This is encouraging for the future. Varane and Pogba, they show that they are indispensable. When they are beaten, they stand back up and come back to fight not like Valbuena.

In fact, here is the World Cup history (From Wikipedia)

 

Year First place‍ Second Place‍ Third place‍ fourth place
1930 Uruguay Argentine Etats-Unis Yougoslavie
1934 Italie Tchécoslovaquie Allemagne Autriche
1938 Italie Hongrie Brésil Suède
1950 Uruguay Brésil Suède Espagne
1954 Allemagne Hongrie Autriche Uruguay
1958 Brésil Suède France Allemagne
1962 Brésil Tchécoslovaquie Chilie Yougoslavie
1966 Angleterre Allemagne Portugal URSS
1970 Brésil Italie Allemagne Uruguay
1974 Allemagne Pays-Bas Pologne Brésil
1978 Argentine Pays-Bas Brésil Italie
1982 Italie Allemagne Pologne France
1986 Argentine Allemagne France Belgique
1990 Allemagne Argentine Italie Angleterre
1994 Brésil Italie Suède Bulgarie
1998 France Brésil Croatie Pays-Bas
2002 Brésil Allemagne Turquie Corée du Sud
2006 Italie France Allemagne Portugal
2010 Espagne Pays-Bas Allemagne Uruguay
2014  ?  ?  ?  ?

OK, Frog lovers… Hope you liked what you read.

 

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