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A little something to amuse the francophones on my flist. And for the worldaffairs followers, our three favourite French politicians ... hmmm, perhaps I should say our three favourite male French politicians ... merit a couple of paragraphs of their own. Enjoy!

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12368

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crazybutsound
Nov. 30th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
I can't decide if I find that article more ridiculous or interestingly amusing... some of it is pretty funnily spot on, but some of it is... rather ridiculously ignorant, lol. At the very least, it's quite right about Sarkozy's manipulative little tricks with the press. Every time he uses "tu" in a situation a president usually wouldn't, I just want to say "hey, you/we didn't look after the pigs together!" Which is an expression we use when someone gets too familiar or fresh.
aswanargent
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't have linked to it, I guess. Failing to recognise the "ridiculously ignorant" parts of it just goes to show that I'm as ignorant as the writer. :-(
crazybutsound
Dec. 2nd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, no, I disagree. He's a professional writer, he's paid to check his facts, you're not. Moreover, you haven't been to France so how could you know? He IS ridiculously ignorant, you're just not an expert on the subject, that's not the same thing, you know? I don't think YOU are ridiculously ignorant.

Also, it IS funny and amusingly spot on in parts. And finally, linking to it gives the French on your flist a chance to point out where it is quite "American" and ill-informed, which in turn makes YOU better informed, so I wouldn't say you shouldn't have linked. I wasn't attacking you with my comment, hon, just the writer. :-)
aswanargent
Dec. 2nd, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that makes me feel better. *hugs*
crazybutsound
Dec. 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
foudebassan
Dec. 1st, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
I agree with the previous commenter... It's well-written and funny but woefully ill-informed.

Some might say, on a strike of nationalism, that it's pretty American.
aswanargent
Dec. 2nd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
I won't link to articles like this again. Jem calls it ridiculously ignorant; you call it woefully ill-informed. In either case, my failure to recognise that just paints me with the same brush as the writer of the piece. Sorry. :-(
foudebassan
Dec. 2nd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Except that you aren't living in France with a French wife!

I'm probably doing exactly the same when I speak of the countries I lived in, though, I'm just blissfully ignorance of what I don't know (which isn't as great an oxymoron as it sounds)
aswanargent
Dec. 2nd, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Merci! Glad to know I didn't cause offence. Btw, Vlad took the Country Quiz. The results are in his lj. ;-)
foudebassan
Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh no, you'd need something a lot worse than that to cause offense, don't worry.

Btw, and speaking of Vlad. Livejournal's been sold to a Russian firm owned by one of Putin's cronies. We don't know much about this yet, but perhaps we should worry about WA?
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