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Top 5 funny facts about the Bretons

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.
Enjoy!
1) In Brittany, it rains all the time!

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Well, it does not rain all the time. I can certainly say that the Bretons have less sunshine that the rest of France. A bit like at his cousin Great Britain.
2) All Bretons are alcoholic

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How could they be alcoholic if they only drink cider?
3) All Britons wear a Bigouden

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Et alors? Bretons are launching a trend.
4) In Brittany, we only drink cider!

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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)!

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Breakfast: crêpe with sugar, crêpe in maple syrup. Lunch: ham-cheese crêpe. Dinner: crêpe with foie gras … Et alors??? On adore….
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#happyfriday #frenchchic #frenchattitude

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

 

Withdrawal of the French Nationality

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I was having a night out with some friends out of London on that Friday 13th of November when a close friend of mine informed me that several terrorist attacks are ongoing in my home city. She obviously knows that I constantly travel for business and leisures to Paris so she wanted to be sure that I was safe, I was… And I rapidly called my relatives and made sure they were alright, they were…

And for some reason, I just kept on going with my night thinking that it was a replica of the Charlie Hebdo attacks which occurred a few months earlier and that I would catch up with the news the following morning.

Then, Saturday morning I watched the news and I was horrified, tears came out of my eyes as people have been killed in my “arrondissement”, shootings happened in the restaurants I used to go,  in the Bataclan I used to dance in. I was devastated, it was personal… And I used to live in this area where I will have my flat…

I was in sorrow and felt helpless, I was stuck on my sofa all morning observing the number of casualties continuing to grow, watching all those sordid and creepy videos about the attacks, listening to all testimonies… I had Goosebumps and couldn’t stop thinking what if I was there in my normal night out? Terrifying…

A few hours after these events happened, the investigations led by French security forces started identifying the perpetrators of these horrible acts. They were all either French or Belgians of North & West African descents.

Knowing this, the President François Hollande announced the 16th November 2015 to the Parliament, reunited in the Congress, that he wanted to extend the withdrawal of French nationality to French with dual nationality.

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By way of reminder, the French nationality law is historically based on the principles of jus soli (Latin for “right of soil”), in opposition for example to the German definition of nationality, jus sanguinis (Latin for “right of blood”).

Currently, withdrawal of nationality does not apply to French who had citizenship by descent (foreigners born in another country whose one of the parents or both is/are French at the time of his/her birth), but only to those who have been naturalised (foreigners also born in another country whom can prove residence in France during at least five years preceding the request). Therefore, this creates a distinction between two categories of French, those born in France and the others.

So now, all people with dual nationality may lose their French nationality if convicted permanently of affecting the interests of the nation or for terrorism. And that includes all dual nationals, even those born in France: this is the novelty Francois Hollande wants to implement as announced to Congress on November 16. FYI, in France 5% of the population is binational.

The past

This measure was first implemented in 1848, at the time, a decree provided that any French who kept on trafficking or buying slaves would be deprived of nationality.

Then, During World War I the Parliament passed a special law that allowed the withdrawal of French nationality to French individuals from enemy countries convicted for acts of treason or for insubordination.

During World War II The French state pronounced collective withdrawals of French nationality under the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime to deprive Jewish refugees in France who had been naturalised of their citizenship. The law of July 22, 1940, deprived 15,154 people of their French citizenship, including approximately 6,000 Jews as well as leaders of the Resistance. Vichy first interned Jews deprived of French citizenship in concentration camps and then, after passing a Franco-German accord on July 2, 1942, began deporting them out of France towards death camps to the east. So it’s indeed a very controversial matter if we take into account the latter.

What happen after a withdrawal?

The individual may then travel to the other country of nationality, subject to possible difficulties inherent in the other State. As the latter may indeed also withdraw the nationality or invoke various means to refuse his or her return. In this case, it will then be necessary to find another country that grants a pass to the person deprived of citizenship. The individual could end up in a dead end: oblige to leave the territory having an expulsion order without being able to go to another country for lack of authorisation. He could then be forced to remain paperless in the French territory and live in a very precarious situation with no job and no rights.

What politicians think?

All political parties are obviously mixed. Firstly, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has submitted her resignation Wednesday after having openly criticised key aspects of the reforms promoted the government and the withdrawal of nationality terrorists. During a trip to Algiers in December, she though that the measures were ruled out by the President (which made her look quite stupid) and told Algerian Channel 3 radio that this was “a subject that will go away,” as it “created a problem for the fundamental principle that one can acquire full citizenship through residence in France.

Sarkozy (Republican party and candidate to the next general election) is in favour of the measure, Francois Fillon (Republican, ex prime minister and candidate to the next election) is against. The FN is obviously favourable as this measure has always been part of their political programme.

Then, Friday, February 5, another controversy in the National Assembly, the Green MP Cécile Duflot expresses her strong opposition to the withdrawal of nationality. She mentioned and compared it to the Vichy regime which deeply irritated some MPs but surely and also the Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

So Valls, once firmly opposed to the withdrawal, struck her:

I want to remind it: Vichy is not the Republic! It is a part of France, but this is not the Republic, and none of us can feel, in some way, committed by the acts of that regime. And as you said, very rightly, we have to get out of jeers, of approximations and caricatures, I’m only asking you, in the (bad) memories from this dark period, not to associate the will of the government, and anyone in this assembly, with this period any of us can bear.

What my Frenchies think?

According to various surveys conducted in 2015, a majority of French people expressed support for the withdrawal of nationality binational terrorists. Indeed, following the attacks of 13 November 2015, 94% of French interrogated were favourable. To be honest, if the survey was conducted the 14th of November, I understand the results…..

More generally, 66% of the French, support a citizenship withdrawal extended to all French sentenced for acts of terrorism.

But here what do they think now as to 8th February 2016:

1/ Mais qu’ils arrêtent donc d’occuper la galerie avec cette déchéance de nationalité dont tout le monde se contrefiche… Elle existe déjà dans les textes et ne concernerait qu’une poignée d’individus. En pleine crise, on n’a vraiment rien d’autre à faire ?

Translation:

Can’t they stop entertaining us with this withdrawal of nationality which no one gives a sh*t for… It already exists in law and would affect only a handful of individuals. In economical crisis climate, don’t we have anything else to do?

2/ Ils abordent la déchéance de nationalité à peu près comme ils abordent tous les problèmes :

Tentative de récupération démagogique, emballement de départ sans beaucoup de réflexion, complication d’un sujet simple par de multiples circonvolutions, arbitrages, bidouillages, pataugeages pour finir par indisposer tout le monde sans satisfaire personne.

Du Hollande pur jus, quoi.

Translation:

They address the withdrawal of nationality as they approach all issues:

demagogic recovery attempt, uproar without much thoughts, complication of a simple subject with multiple convolutions, arbitrations, hacks, floundering which ends up by upsetting everyone without satisfying anyone. 100% Holland.

3/ Valls, premier premier ministre de la médiocratie française, qui ne se défend qu’en déclarant intolérable, inacceptable, inadmissible, scandaleux, nauséabond… Tout avis qui n’est pas le sien !

Translation:

Valls, the first minister of the French mediocrity, who defends himself by declaring intolerable, unacceptable, inadmissible, scandalous, nauseating all point of views that are not his!

4/ Si seulement nous pouvions obtenir la déchéance fiscale…! Là… Ca serait une vraie réforme structurelle…

Translation:

If only we could get tax forfeiture …!  That would be a real structural reform …

5/ Cette déchéance de la Nationalité, “occupent” beaucoup de monde, y compris les médias, mais n’intéresse… Absolument personne! Autant en finir en prenant n’importe quelle décision, comme d’habitude… ! Cela ne permet pas aux Français, de savoir ce qu’il se passe chez nous réellement…, peut-être est-ce le but ? Les Français sont totalement “oubliés” en ce moment, seules les élections de 2017, les intéressent… “Pauvre de nous”, encore beaucoup de tripatouillages en perspective pour occuper la “galerie”… Vivement qu’on en sorte…, pour enfin s’occuper des vraies Affaires des Français…, des choses sérieuses !

Translation:

This withdrawal of nationality, “upset” a lot of people, including the media, but interests … Absolutely nobody! Sort this out, take any decision, as usual …! This does not allow the French to know what’s really happening here … in fact, maybe this is the point? The French are completely “forgotten” at the moment, only the 2017 elections interest them … “Poor us,” lots of sugar-coat to entertain the people … Roll on the vote… to finally address the real issues of the French …, serious things!

6/ Le symbole de la déchéance de nationalité est devenu pour ce gouvernement un véritable casse-tête qui l’enfonce tous les jours un peu plus dans l’amateurisme et dans la façon la plus vraie par laquelle il aborde tous les problèmes économiques et sociales de ce pays. L’exécutif a voulu compliquer ce symbole au lieu de le réaliser tel qu’il avait été défini au Congrès. Maintenant, de ” pour”, je passe “contre” cette déchéance de nationalité puisqu’une loi existe et dont il vaudrait mieux respecter telle qu’elle est écrite.

Translation:

The symbol of withdrawal of nationality has become for the government a big headache that shows more and more their amateurism and more so by the way it addresses all economic and social problems of this country. The executive wanted to complicate this symbol instead of realising it as it was defined in Congress. Now, from “favourable”, I will go “against” the withdrawal of nationality, since a law already exists and that should be respected as written.

As you can see, 3 months after the attacks, we are all sick and tired of this sh**! The French population have other problems to deal with and we’d be grateful if the government could really sort this out… While they’re arguing on this matter, our economic situation has worsened:

  • unemployment rate of 10%;
  • 8% of the Population live below poverty line;
  • the purchasing power of gross disposable income fell by 0.9%;
  • The creation of micro-enterprises decreased by over 20%;
  • public debt represents 89.9% of GDP;
  • France’s credit rating was further downgraded by Fitch (and S&P) to the AA credit rating;
  • And I’ll stop here as it is depressing…

Well, on est dans de beaux draps!

Frenchie XoXo

 

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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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

2011 in review – Thank you all! Have a fantastic year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Jours Après Lunes

 

In the United States after the scandal generated by the photos of Thylane Blondeau, a French brand relaunched the debate on children’ sexualisation.  The advertisements of Jours Après Lunes- a brand of underwear for kids – are shocking the Americans.

France is scandalising the United States. Just when the Thylane Blondeau case has calmed down the Americans found a new source of controversy. This is the brand Jours Après Lunes and its advertisements.

Jours Après Lunes is a “Loungerie” brand; it is coined from loungewear (underwear for babies) and lingerie. According to Sophie Morin – the designer of the brand – Jours Après Lunes is a family brand that offers comfortable underwear for little girls and teenagers. To publicize the brand and concept, Jours Après Lunes launched advertisements in which we can see little girls, having fun with their mum’s lingerie. No suggestive poses or looks enticing. No makeup. In short, nothing misleading.

But across the Atlantic, the brand does not agree. These girls – aged 4 to 12 years – are too similar to women and especially to Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman. For some American journalists, small models of Jours Après Lunes say. ‘When a girl is in her mother’s clothes, jewellery and heels, it’s cute. But these pictures are not cute. It’s inappropriate to try to make them look like Brigitte Bardot in God Created Woman, “said Marilisa Racco – fashion editor at the Daily News.

And you what do you think? The girls from Jours Après Lunes are too sexy?

 

 


Pictures from: http://www.jours-apres-lunes.com/

 

Oh la la! Sacré Depardieu!

Gerard Depardieu has to apologise over the humiliating accident that saw him urinate in the aisle of a plane in front of passengers.

Depardieu asked close friend and actor Edouard Baer to apologise and speak on his behalf. This later stated “He wanted to go to the toilet but was forbidden because we were about to take off, so he was forced to do it on the plane in front of everybody (…) I found the solution by passing him a mini Evian water bottle but it overflowed”

Horrified passengers told how the 63-year-old French actor called out, “I need to piss” as the Cityjet flight was about to take off from Paris on Tuesday evening.

But after soaking the floor he was forced to take a different flight to Dublin and passengers were delayed by two hours while the aircraft was cleaned.

My Frenchies are so not happy of Mr Depardieu behaviour. And to be honest, I am not proud as well and I think this story is so ridiculous to tell, to hear and to understand.

 

Défendre un monsieur, quel qu’il soit, qui au vu et au su de tous ses voisins  éprouve le besoin de se comporter comme un gamin de 2 ans ne présente aucun intérêt ! Il était gêné ? Grand dieu ! Mais ses voisins eux … ils n’étaient pas gênés eux ? Allons,  il est plus que temps d’oublier  ce monsieur et ses semblables.

Defend a man, whoever he is, who openly and publicly feels the need to behave as a 2-year-old kid present no interest! He was embarrassed? Grand Dieu! But what about his neighbours … not bothered? It is time to forget these men and his fellows.

 

Heureusement qu’il n’a pas eu une envie de déféquer comment aurait agit l’humour anglais de la compagnie d’aviation,  si c’était  un lambda, il aurait sûrement écopé un procès en bonne et due forme mais c’est ce gros porc de comédien libidineux, drogué ivrogne donc pas de procès, beurkkk.

Fortunately,  he did not want to defecate how would have acts the British humour of this airline company,  if it was a lambda, it would certainly have been taken to Court but it is this big pig of libidinous comedian that drug addict drunkard  so no trial, yeurkkk.

 

Puisque la compagnie ne porte pas plainte et au contraire rit des obscénités de ce Monsieur devenu, comme un GRAND REALISATEUR A DIT DE LUI IL Y A QUELQUES MOIS “UNE BALEINE ECHOUEE”
Je note que lorsque je prendrai un vol sur cette compagnie, je n’hésiterai pas à faire la même chose
voire même déféquer…..C’est vrai que Mr DEPARDIEU se croit tout permis car on le dit grand acteur…..mais aujourd’hui ce genre de comportement HONTEUX…est bien, car il est protégé par notre MONARQUE…..
PAS DE PUBLICITE POUR LA COMPAGNIE….ET UNE HONTE POUR CE SOIT DISANT ACTEUR DEVENU A MES YEUX UN PORC (DANS TOUS LES SENS DU TERME)….ET JE CROIS QU’IL A EU LA LEGION D’HONNEUR
DONC UNE BELLE REPRESENTATION DE NOTRE FRANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the company does not go to Court and on the contrary laughs at his obscenities of this man that becomes, as a BIG DIRECTOR SAID OF HIM a FEW MONTHS AGO” A FAILED WHALE “

I note that when I shall take a flight from this company, I shall not hesitate to make the same thin even defecate….. It is true that Mr DEPARDIEU considers he can do all that he want as we say he’s a  big actor but today this kind of SHAMEFUL behaviour is good, because he is protected by our MONARCH….. (Sarkozy)

NO ADVERTISING FOR THE COMPANY…. AND WHAT A SHAME FOR THIS “SAID” ACTOR TRANSFORMED PIG (IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD)…. AND I BELIEVE THAT HE HAD THE LEGION OF HONOUR

THUS, THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL REPRESENTATION OF OUR FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Noah is the preferred personality in France

LOVE YOU YANNICK!!!!

 

Yannick Noah remains the favourite personality of the French people, for the seventh consecutive time and for the ninth time all in all, according to the classification realised by IFOP revealed in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) today.

The former tennis player seems unbeatable and beats the ex-leader of the French football team  Zinedine Zidane (number 2). I have to say that a lot of mature women like his personality and find him very attractive. That helps a lot ! 😉

 

Métisse (translation: mixed race), one of Yannick’s famous song.

 

 

You have to know, that this classification began  in  France in 1988 and was dominated for a long time by Cousteau (20 times) and Abbé Pierre (16 times).

Cousteau/Abbé Pierre

The actress Mimie Mathy preserves her third place followed by the only political figure in the top 10, Simone Veil in the 4th rank.

Mimie Mathy

Simone Veil

Simone Veil,  (born 13 July 1927) is a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France.

A survivor from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where she lost part of her family, she is the Honorary President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

She was elected to the Académie française in November 2008.

5th is singer Francis Cabrel. He is a well-known French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Inspired heavily by Bob Dylan, he has released a number of albums falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as “L’encre de tes yeux” and “Petite Marie” have become enduring favourites in French music. Others, such as “C’était l’hiver”, about the suicide of a young girl, have since been covered by other artists such as Canadian Isabelle Boulay.

Francis Cabrel

6th Michel Sardou. He was born in Paris, the son of Fernand Sardou and Jackie Rollin (Jackie Sardou). Contrary to claims common towards the beginning of his career, he is not the grandson of the dramatist Victorien Sardou. However, he is the father of the French novelist Romain Sardou, and the actor Davy Sardou. He is known not only for his love songs (“La Maladie d’Amour”), but also for songs dealing with various social and political issues, such as the rights of women in Islamic countries, clerical celibacy, colonialism and the death penalty. Another sometimes controversial theme found in some of his songs (“Les Ricains” and “Monsieur le Président de France” for example) is his respect and support for the culture and foreign policies of the United States. He has focused his full attention on his homeland, ignoring the prospect of an international audience, although his 1981 single “Les Lacs du Connemara” did manage to become a big international hit.

7th Gad Elmaleh (but he is the 1st for 50,6 % of the 15-24-year-old). Gad Elmaleh (born April 19, 1971) is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.

Gad Elmaleh

8th Charles Aznavour.  Charles Aznavour, OC (born Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian Armenian: Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան Shahnowr Vaghinak Aznavowrhan, May 22, 1924, Paris) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Besides being one of France’s most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world. Charles Aznavour (pronounced in French as Sharl Aznavour) is known for his very short stature and for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than sixty movies, composed about a thousand songs (including 150 at least in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 100 million records.

Charles

9th Dany Boon.  Dany Boon (French pronunciation: [dani bun]; born Daniel Hamidou on 26 June 1966) is a French comedian who has acted both on the stage and the screen. He takes his stage name from the television show Daniel Boone. He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Bienvenu chez les  Ch’tis that made it on the international scene in 2007.

Dany Boon

10th Jean Dujardin. The handsome, attractive, personable Jean Dujardin. We love him, I am a fan, THE fan. 10th??? Do not really agree but anyway Dujardin first became famous on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous C Nous, formed by members of the Carré blanc theater. From 1999 to 2003 he starred in the French version of the comedy television series Un gars, une fille before transitioning into a film career. In 2005 he starred as the titular character in the popular comedy film Brice de Nice and performed the soundtrack of the film, “Le Casse de Brice”.

Dujardin with spouse Alexandra Lamy at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2006 Dujardin portrayed the character Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, agent OSS 117, in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies in a role which earned him a César Award nomination for Best Actor, something of exceptional rarity for a performance in comedy. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he scored in 99F (99 francs), an existential parody of an advertising mule. In 2009 he again played OSS 117 in the film OSS 117: Lost in Rio.

He received the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Jean Dujardin

11th Jamel Debouze.  Jamel is a French actor, comedian and producer of Moroccan descent. Debbouze is the oldest of five brothers. He was born in Paris, France, but his family moved to Morocco the following year. They returned in 1979 and settled in Trappes, where Jamel spent the rest of his childhood.

On 17 January 1990, at the train station in Trappes, he was struck by a passing train travelling at 150 km/h. He lost the use of his right arm, while another young man, Jean-Paul Admette, died. After this accident Debbouze met Alain Degois, his mentor, and began his career as a comedian/actor.

On 29 March 2008 Jamel Debbouze became engaged to French journalist and news anchor Mélissa Theuriau; the two married on 7 May 2008.

Jamel

12th Florence Foresti is a French comedian and actress. In 2001 her first one woman show, Manquerait plus qu’elle soit drôle (“She needs to be more than funny”) won the Jury prize at the Antibes festival. Her style bears comparison with that of Muriel Robin and Sylvie Joly, as well as with some of the ‘attitude’ and voices of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala and Élie Semoun. She appeared in the Stéphane Bern programme 20h 10 pétantes, and then on Laurent Ruquier’s On a tout essayé, playing zany characters.

I do really love her as well, she’s funny, intelligent and beautiful.

Florence

Big surprise for the ecologist Nicolas Hulot, he falls of the 18th on the 36th place.

Elections of 2012 oblige, the JDD bends over the politics: Martine Aubry is in 45th place, Christine Lagarde in 49th whereas Jacques Chirac holds the 39th (he gained 2 places).

Outside the Top 50, Nicolas Sarkozy is on the 51st place followed by François Hollande 52nd Jean-Louis Borloo 54th and Ségolène Royal 55th.

Finally the JDD indicates that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is ranked 56th.

This poll has been realised by IFOP from June 30th till July 6th 2011 with a representative sample of 1008 persons of the French population of 15 year-old and more.

 

Thank you Wikipedia for some pictures and biography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thylane, how young is too young?

A series of suggestive photos featuring a 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau have sparked controversy over the sexualisation of young girls. Thylane is the daughter of retired French footballer Patrick Blondeau and Veronika Loubry, a well-known French TV presenter.

For the photo spread, which appears in a recent issue of Vogue Paris, Blondeau styled in the haute couture graces the latest issue of French Vogue (yes, the grown-up Vogue) in very adult-like poses, full make-up, and high heels, setting off a whirlwind of angry protests and fashion praises along the way.

Veronika Loubry shut her daughter Facebook group to the public over the weekend after photos of Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau – first published in the magazine’s December/January issue – were featured on the US television program Good Morning America on Thursday.

The mother commented in English on the Facebook group page: “hey guys I’m the mum of Thylane something going ‘s wrong at the moment and bad person in usa about pictures she make’s 8 months ago for vogue, Thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and I want to protect her from the deepest of my heart , she’s so young , so we are going to close this account for a while ,I know that all of you are good person who like her so I send you a big kiss, thanks.”

Crossing the line? Work of art? The debate over age and social control will continue as lines are crossed.

What do you think? What do the Frenchies think?

A little change! I was curious to know how American British and French react to this story and what a surprise! American are the most lenient on this matter. Here are the best rated comments and opinions of a variety of websites.

American comments from www. itsybitsysteps.com

1/WOW ! , i think there freaking gorgeous , how about just leave them alone ! The US and France are two WHOLE different places , and they let little french girls be models. DO me a favor and mind your on damn business and stop talking bout think . Cause you obviously have nothing else to talk about !

2/She is beautiful..the pictures are gorgeous…i dont see anything wrong…just amazed by her talent and poise….

3/I would love see my daughter who is almost seven be able to pursue her dreams, she wants to be a model. She has been watching Americas Next top Model for as long as I can remember. She even does crazy make-up (all by herself). I think provocative is in the eye of the beholder and if this bothers you maybe it is not a psychological issue that this child is a model at 10 but psychological disorders of the adults who perceive this to be wrong. Culture varies and in France this is acceptable. So just because we as American’s may not agree with this, does not make it wrong. She is a beautiful young girl and as long as she knows she is a little girl, there is nothing wrong. Those who perceive this as controversy might just be a little resentful it is not there child or them.

4/I agree with both sides of this. She is gorgeous and obviously knows how to strike a pose. Most of these pictures are not very provocative…I mean heck there are babies that pose “topless” but I do agree that maybe makeup and heels at this young of an age may be telling other little girls that it’s appropriate, which I don’t necessarily agree with.

5/We live in a sick, sad world and the former comments illustrate this sickness perfectly.

6/ This is completely crossing the line. And fyi: the babies aren’t “posing topless’”, they are posing in diaper commercials AS BABIES!! This little girl is posing as an ADULT WOMAN in an adult magazine. I cringe to think what will be plastered everywhere by the time I have children…this is truly disgusting.

commercialized pedophilia – the parents should be held negligible.

British comments from http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

1/Her parents need to take responsibility for the fact they sexualising their daughter at 10 years old. Very strange indeed and it actually makes me feel quite sick. I’m cross that Vogue have done this – it is not okay for children to be used in such a way and there are sone horrible perverts on the planet who will have a field day with this little girls pictures.

 

2/ This is disgusting and personally, I think it encourages perverts and paedophiles. Her parents should ashamed.

3/ So can parents now take photos at their children’s school sports day or Christmas concert? If the police found photos like the one at the top of this story on a computer,the owner would be in court faster than blinking an eye.

4/ Sorry but really the parents need a bloody good kick up the backside! What are they thinking allowing their ten year old daughter to be sexualised and expolited like that it’s disgusting and there must be a stop to it!

5/ Personally, I would say this is not far off child abuse..I feel sorry for the girl with such clueless parents. Thanks Vogue – never bought your magazines and here’s yet another reason not to start now.
6/ Talk about wiping a childhood out – this is not just neglect, it’s wilfully witholding a child’s basic needs

 

French comments from  http://news.celemondo.com

First, please have a look at this poll made by Aufeminin.com

Translation: Do you think that these pictures are crossing the line?

Yes, it is not the role of a girl to seem sexy.

No, that does not shock me more than the other images…

Contrary to the common opinion, the French people are not so tolerant. Many are shocked by the pictures. In my opinion only the Trendy community of Vogue found these artistically beautiful. The French public opinion took time to react only because these photos were intended for the Vogue readers. Now widely broadcasted, these photos are condemned. Here are some comments and opinions.

1/I have guessed the next ad campaign for our kids: ” if you want to be the sexiest of sandbox, do not forget your golden stilettos and your small Mickey Mouse G-string, with all this you will be the most beautiful and cooool girl and you will make full of friends and some adult friends as well…

Somewhere in the space, on a planet named Unconsciousness, was a certain madam Loubry….

2/ It is scandalous!!!!! A little girl with such suggestive poses it is hallucinating!!! And SHAMEFUL but great for paedophilias!!!!

3/I congratulate Veronika Loubry on his artistic performance, she is an excellent photographer.

Her daughter is sublime, 10 year-old? That does not shock me, the girls like being behind the camera at this age … The coquetry is feminine.

The most important thing for her daughter is that she had fun.  Thylane has big potentials.

4/It seems that there is only the nudity which is shocking on this planet. And the vulgarity? Allowing her 10-year-old child pose in this way is inadmissible, especially when a child of this age is not obviously capable of giving her clear consent and does not obviously realise the grotesque of the situation.

Certain parents close eyes and realise their own dream through their children. Indeed Loubry needs dollars; we all know that Veronika and her husband are super broke.

5/ This girly is magnificent, but some photos are, to my point of view, too provocative, it is necessary to respect her age and a certain morality, if later she wants to be allowed go to this kind of pictures, I say why not but, at 10, I am doubtful…  And G-strings for kids still shocking me!