Category Archives: Change

No matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as China catches Hong-Hong (as a starter)

The Brits “hoped”, they say …

Hopes, words, and greatness go away, but written agreements, balance of power, and China stay …

Could the Brits have done better to prevent post (?) communist China from taking over and slowly digesting formerly colonial, but free (or vice-versa ?) Hong-Kong ?

If you can’t enjoy it, you should have played better to avoid it, Sirs.

Long live Democracy, they shouted … at least it has survived longer than Deng.

Long live Hong-Kong, but prepare to become more and more Chinese, like it or stay not.

RF – August 2019

Cats are cats, be they Siamese or Chinese …

 

#Macron used to be the darling of Davos, and Macron’s #France once was a darling of global #business

French voters wanted to believe, that Macron could rescue France …

European leaders wanted to believe, that Macron’s France could rescue Europe …

Global investors wanted to believe, that the Wunderkid could rescue the markets …

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Young World Rescuer not in Davos

Back to reality in Paris and orbi.

Don’t confuse Bay (or other things) watching, and ski monitoring (or no-show) …

RF – January the 23rd, 2019

Did anybody miss the French politicians at #LasVegas #CES2019 ?

For some French reason, the French politicians decided not to come to Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year. Those who miss the “champions du monde” of the FrenchTech too badly may try to come and visit the StartUp Nation next French election season.

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More (in French, sorry) : https://mystartupinparis.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/les-jeunes-francais-en-short-de-babyfoot-qui-attendaient-encore-du-peoplitique-de-1ere-division-sont-refaits-cette-annee-a-lasvegas-ces2019-frenchtech-startup/

RF – January 14th, 2019

#France back to the Stones Age w. the Yellow Vests ? #GiletsJaunes

Too bad the French can’t (and never could) understand English (neither the Brits), otherwise it would not have taken them 50 years to decide to try and abolish the privileges that they believed gone for more than two centuries, and evils no healthy, even French, brains can have sympathy for …

Sous les Stones, la plage ?

Renaud Favier – December 10th, 2018

(Changing) Soft Power …

No doubt Washington (and/or Silicon Valley) is the world’s master of soft power.

President Trump is a global leader of the Twitter video game …

America is great at regulatory and financial arms-twisting …

And GAFAS are of course yet to be challenged masters of the internet …

As is Hollywood for movies influence.

But, try to type “G20 Argentina”, or “protectionism” in Google … chances are you will reach the (Chinese) “Global Times”, not the Financial, the London, or event the Strait Times …

Soft Power China credit Financial Times

And search Youtube for the G20 in Buenos Aires, and you will find a bunch of videos from (Chinese, english speaking) CGTN, (and to a lesser extent Russian, based in Berlin, Germany, but english speaking RUPTLY channel, or Al Jazeera) …

China Super Soft Power credit China Daily

How effective is China’s soft power strategy remains to be seen …

But things are changing fast.

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RF – November 29th, 2018

PS : power is good, but soft is better …

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#Paris #Fashion in a yellow mood ?

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Emmanuel Macron – Crédit : NordLittoral.fr

Some yellows are well known …

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Jean Lassalle – Crédit : LCP / Le Parisien

Some are more anonymous …

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To Yellow or not to Yellow ? Crédit : TV5 Monde Info

But many French are in a yellow mood, theses days …

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Mme Sigaut et un Gaulois en gilet jaune – Crédit : Medias-Presse Info

And the French fashion influences the rest of the world …

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The Trump – Credit : Sipa Press / L’Opinion

To yellow, or not to yellow ?

Paris, November 2018

Things are getting better in France, at least from a fashion viewpoint, aren’t they ?

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François Hollande – Crédit : Le Point

#Brexit What the f… is going on ?

“It’s hard to say …”, but may be quite funny to watch.

Thx Channel 4.

RF – Mid-October 2018