Monthly Archives: March 2014

France … reality tale

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France is a fairytale country, where frogs talk (mostly French), women can work, decide their life, and vote. But, it can turn into a real nightmare, when French men decide for women (or play football), French politicians talk, or French frogs vote.

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Frencholitics …

Renaud Favier – March 25th, 2014

 

The French have 36 000 towns, and almost a million politicians, but do they have a president ?

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No comment … The French love themselves, eat strange food, prefer talking to walking, and voting to working. And Western Parisians are strange people, and odd politicians, even to French standards.

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More about the ongoing French elections (in French, but there are no words for that sort of things in XXIst century languages) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/23/la-france-930-000-candidates-aux-municipales-et-pas-un-politicien-capable-allez-voter-quand-meme/

Renaud Favier – March 23, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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Yes, French pop star Nicolas Sarkozy is rock n’ rolling again in Paris !

Crédits : Burki

Read more about it (in French, who else would care ?) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/21/sarkozy-en-overdose-dhormones-de-croissance-au-printemps/

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Let’s hope Sarkozy will not try to sing the Miley Cyrus way to wake up his fans …

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Though, on second thoughts, maybe it would be more … grown-up.

Renaud Favier – March 23, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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Yes, it’s spring !

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It’s spring, let’s dance !

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Credits : Peanuts

More about it (in French, but it’s not contagious) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/21/yessss-cest-le-printemps/

Printemps 3

Credits : G.Wagner

Happy Spring.

Renaud Favier – March 22, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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It’s (Russian) Diplomacy, Stupid ! #Ukraine #Crimea #BraveRealWorld

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Talk(er)s not walking/working, pretending to work/walk – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell : a place somewhere in Orthodox Catholic East-Central Europe (not far from the famous “Balkans”) is called “Ukraine” (formerly part of Soviet Union) ; the place East of Ukraine (and West of Alaska, North of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China …)  is called “Russia” (formerly heartland of Soviet Union) ; a place with sandy beaches and a good harbour somewhere South of both Ukraine and Russia (not enormously far from the skiing resort Sochi) is called “Crimea” (formerly part of Russia, then of Soviet Union, then of Ukraine, now of Russia again).

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Ukraine – Credits : internet / press

Ukraine says Crimea belongs to Ukraine, like California or Louisiane belong to the USA (since they were taken over and/or bought from Mexico and France by the people who had taken over America from the Brits and Native Indians), or Greece belongs to Europe.

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Real talk(er)s walking – Credits : internet / press

Russia says Ukraine is like Panama or England, and Crimea is like Alaska or Hawaï, but they don’t mind about Alaska and Hawaï, and don’t ask Panama or England to be really independant. Yet.

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The Russian Boxer Nikolay Valuev in CRimea C) Reuters – Credits : internet / press

Lots of people talk, twit and post about it.

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Official talk(er)s pretending to work … – Credits : internet / press

That’s Diplomacy.

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Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

There was a vote, in Crimea, and over 90% of local citizens said they wanted to (re)become Russians, rather than stay Ukrainians.

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It’s democracy, Stupid ! – Credits : internet / press

That’s (not increased) reality.

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Master and Commander, or vice-versa – Credits : internet / press

Some walk their talk.

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Official and Real Talker and Walker – Moscow 2014 – Credits : internet / press

That’s Russia.

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“Steak tartare as a starter”, says smiling Putin – Credits : internet / press

Now, the game seems to be over (and Russia won this one).

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Not everybody outside of Crimea (and Russia) seems 100% happy about it all (by the way, it seems some people in Eastern Ukraine are jealous and would also like to be Russians …), but who knows what’s Diplomacy and what’s reality ?

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Franco-Russian Diplomacy – Credits : internet / press

Anyway, that’s the way it is, there (in Europe) and now.

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European Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell, it’s like a football game : some players win (and usually, the Germans), some lose (not always the same), trainers and managers call their lawyers, supporters shout, journalists talk, so called “experts” sell their comments at tv shows, twittos twit, facebookers post, activists walk in the streets, politicians talk among politicians and on TV, but nobody can do nothing but laugh, cry, shout, put their flags back in the garage, and go back to work or watch something else on Google’s Youtube, Apple TV, or Netflix, when the game, Olympic or not, is over.

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Good (Olympic) Game – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Ukraine.

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Europe & Co.

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The “Winner takes all” Game – Credits : internet / press

Good joke (and good luck), Brussels !

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Europe … Credits : internet / press

Good luck, Brave New World, and good luck, citizens of here and now.

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Crimea / Airport 2014 – Credits : internet / press

The trouble is, from a Western viewpoint (China, which incidentally took over Hong-Kong and Macao in the recent past without much noise in the West, doesn’t seem to care that much, as it is busy with it’s own real economic, environmental, social, politic and other issues), there’s plenty of communists and other nasty people, plus gas, oil, unemployment, social unrest and religion turmoil around …

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

But the game is over in Crimea, let’s play and watch another one.

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The Players – Credits : internet / press

What, who, where next ?

The (win-win, lose-lose or whatever good else) Game – Credits : internet / press

More about it (and other issues) in French (but with pictures & internet links) : http://cestalire.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/un-e-cafe-suspendu-au-hasard/

Renaud Favier – March 20, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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Are the French (ministers more) nuts (than usually) ?

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Crazy Horse – Paris, France

No doubt, the French ministers are a bunch of authentic French nuts.

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The French government – Jenuary 2014 © Mustafa Yalcin / Anadolu Agency

No doubt, the French minister of Justice, Taubira, is nuts a French minister.

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Christiane Taubira / Elysée Palace, Paris – March 12th – REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

No doubt the French Prime Minister, Ayrault, is nuts a real French Minister.

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Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Prime minister. © Bertrand Langlois / AFP

No doubt the French President is the (so) French über-Minister of Greater Paris.

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François Hollande, French President

PS : France is another world http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5fgHu0C_2c

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More than 375 000 readers of “Café du matin à Paris” cannot all be 100% wrong, there must be something good in this blog, even if it is French, mostly in French, and written by a writer living most of his time and drinking most of his coffee in Paris.

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More about “Café du Matin à Paris”, in French but with nice pictures and good “net-land-arted” multimedia : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/05/375-000-visites-pour-le-blog-cafe-du-matin-a-paris-sans-photo-de-buisson-aux-toilettes-ni-autres-pornolitiqueries/

Renaud Favier – March 11, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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