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I have a Franco-German Dream …

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Should France and Germany merge into a single economic body, that would create the third economic powerhouse in the world, right behind the United-States and China, with 147 million people and a common GDP close to 6,000 bn dollars …

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Of course, mega-mergers are management nightmares and big dreams may fail (small is beautiful, some have been saying and re-saying for a while), there are a few issues including Euro-things, some national political realities and quite a lot of economic constraints, to begin with, and of course not all French, neither all Germans, nor their neighbors and partners have that same dream, all the less, since even people who know well, or love, or both know and love well Europe, don’t necessarily feel like learning and speaking German, French or both on top of English or whatever works to survive and be reasonably happy in XXIst century real Europe.

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Source : unknown, probably not (pro)European, not German, not French

And of course, it may not be taken for granted, that nowadays’ French and German leaders could be up to the job (not everybody is Konrad Adenauer or Charles de Gaulle), or may at least manage to join forces and share visions to save the Euro(pe).

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But what a Euro-Dream !

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Besides, what else ?

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Who else ?

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Same old story ?

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Remake of the same old story ?

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Who can be against “Mariage pour tous” ?

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Rainy (better, stormy) wedding, happy wedding, as the French saying goes …

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Read more about the Beffa (France) – Cromme (Germany) report on competitiveness : http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/france-allemagne-la-lecon-du-rapport-beffa-cromme.N198104

Read more about Germany and France solidarity : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/competitivite-lallemagne-peut-elle-se-rejouir-des-difficultes-de-la-france/

Read more about Europe, Euro, and other Euro-issues : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/lor-allemand-sexile-lui-aussi-de-france-maintenant-syndrome-depardieu-ou-premices-dun-euro-or/

Read more about France, French cars and other French issues : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/la-competitivite-cest-complique-et-il-y-en-a-pour-qui-ce-sera-plus-complique-que-pour-les-autres/ ; http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/frenchonomics-france-ta-bagnole-a-foutu-le-camp-et-a-ce-point-la-ca-devient-genant-dirait-audiard/

Read more about Germany, German car and other German issues : http://renaudfavier.com/2011/11/25/mad-in-france-quen-dirait-on-a-berlin/ ; http://renaudfavier.com/2011/01/13/mark-euro-economie-pour-les-nuls/

Renaud Favier – June 10th, 2013 – Facebook Competitiveness – LinkedIn

Frenchonomics      Compétitivité 2012 couverture

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Everything you did’nt dare (or care) to know about what happenend (or not) in France recently (or so)

Some French politicians talk and meet about competitiveness ; some French civil servants have (long ago) written about it, and all French entrepreneurs think they must lobby, die or escape for it, rather in France. It’s “cheat or trick” time, French way.

October 23rd : the French watch the crisis on TV and discuss about Louis Gallois, French budget, French promises, French politics, French industry, made in France, French lost competitiveness and other living deads and ghost reports Halloween, or vice-versa, but nobody really cares, especially in France.

October, 22nd : half of the French minsters gather to discuss about France, fashion, and old book (a report by a former civil servant with an experience in the real economic world, more precisely, but reports get piled unread exactly the way most books do) and the season’s holiday to come, what else ? They decide they must talk more before they read anything clever, say anything clever or think anything, and meet again sometime after season’s holiday with more experts, politicians and something better to eat, or maybe later, or maybe not.

 

Maybe somebody should tell the French about real life the way it is now (and has always been, but don’t tell them, they would suicide or corner the Prozac market), that being rich and famous without working anymore or being really smarter or stronger with bigger guns (and guts) than others,  is no longer possible in #RealWorldXXIstCentury. That Romnesia is an option only if you a have serious savings and/or can be paid over 100 grands or more for small speeches. But that French Diseases is for … French, careless teenagers and soldiers at wars like in “good ole past before AIDS”, unlucky, non mormon, professional soccer players or politicians at whores, nowadays … And that death is an option, even if U are very very very much smarter than others, not that very very very old, at least compared to the Greeks, the Romans or the Egyptians, with a vision for a great future and a good sense of humor (tumor ? tumeur ? tu meurs ?) and a-propos.

October, 21st :  a view to a -French- kill a Corsican lawyer was murdered, most likely by Corsican gangsters, or nationalists, or both, in Corsica in his German fast car. Corsican business as usual, but as this happened in a Total Gas station, the French send the police as they don’t have James Bond to kill and kiss.

October, 20th : A French minister advertised for various “made in France” products, whereas the minister’s dame advertises for made  in France (very expensive) glasses. Some French people talk, think and/or read about it in a Paris newspaper. And some fashion-victims buy the tee-shirt. But nobody cares, although maybe the French ought to before it’s really to late for France and the French.

October 19th : the French #LMAO about a French Minister who #LMAO on TV about what he believes to be a fake about one of his colleagues who is in the habit of saying and making #LMAO things about made in France, but really hit world class level this time. Sometimes, in France, politics, TV, an even politicians on TV can be fun.

Sometimes, the French (ministers) have a good sense of humor, but it must be hoped, that both ministers (and some others) have a good, golden parachute. Because even in France, U needda work sometimes, even if U R a (sociali-s-te) minister.

October, 18th : French (alas) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 17th (or 18th, or 16th, nobody really cares about schedules or other logistics, in France) : French (alas) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 17th too (nobody is really afraid of replays, in France) : French (alas) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 16th : French (alas) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 15th : French FREEFALL (alas) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

Somebody (Angela Mekel ? The Swiss bank-st-ers ? The French “djeuns” ?) should maybe tell the French professional politicians when they are back from Toussaint RTT in Marrakech that tourism in beautiful sites and dialogue social in nice places cannot be the “mamelles de la France” in the XXIst century and that “l’économie vide-grenier” (in English or any other normal language in the world and the rest of the universe with a brain : “Frenchonomics“)  may be a logical option if eveybody emigrates and/or sells the real-estate, churches and other privileges to Qatari billionnaires or British retirees, but is not a very good “trajectoire de croissance durable et environnementale et compétitive et toussa-touça dans la justice et la bonne humeur” in the long run, not to mention that appart from few jobs for butlers, cleaners, cooks or whores in Asian or Qatari hotels for Russian oil billionnaires, American old millionnaires and Chinese marrying youngsters and other young businesspeople in Paris, what else to #occupy (and feed) the djeuns ?

October, 14th : French (alas) Green (or so they pretend) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 13th : French (alas) African (or Qatari, or Chinese, or American, or simply multinational, whoever better than the French, now) business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

Meanwhile, in old France, French lobbying and communautarism are at work (the unemployed and retired basically share the vision of the civil servants (or so they still are named), but not all the revenues, and those who work share neither, but they are a minority (report ?) and some not even live in France any longer if they could not manage to find a good “#geonpi niche”) … October 12th is off for blog writers without RTT just like for civil servants and other “damnés de la terre de France”, that’s the way it is !

October, 11th : a French (free) good and funny and sexy eBook (or so the self-called “writer” with a writer’s cat thinks it is). Because E L James ; Fifty Shades of Grey sex books are so bad now … and the portions are so small … is good, but Christmas and good jokes come more often.

October, 10th : French (alas) small talk about French food and French small business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 9th : French (dark past, gloomy present and frightening future) foie gras and export business (or so the French believe) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

October, 8th : French (vision of the law of the jungle) business lunches and (of course) deals between the (fat) cats and (fat) #geonpi (or so some French “pigeons” believe they are) as usual (or rather “normal”, or so the French think). Please click to read in French (because so the French write, and write, and write, and talk, and talk, and talk … and don’t read, and don’t listen, and don’t think, and promise, and promise, and promise and vote, and vote, and vote, and again, and again, and again …).

In a nutshell, nothing new under the French sun.

The French just keep thinking about themselves on TV or in French magazines ; watching themselves on TV ; talking about themselves on TV or in French magazines singing and laughing with a French accent and French clothes on (not only French) TV or (not only) in French magazines or international conferences, as long as ; they can speak English usual since they have TV and French magazines, but often with a better view when it’s (some) women talking and thinking (and counting).

So French, So Good

Renaud Favier – October 24th, 2012 – Café du matin à Paris

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Some additional e-reading may be needed about Europe, Euro-nomics, France, Frenchonomics, the options for future Competitiveness in France in spite of all reports, funerals and funerals of reports …
… about French Politics, French Wine, French Climate, French Changes and other sad issues that may be of interest even if of little importance for the real XXIst century in the world.
Please click on hereafter pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on Fox TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times or the Economist.

            

Downloading some relevant pdf for printing is another option for readers with a taste for “real” paper books (or just no Kindle, but an iPhone, an iPad or whatever else works to e-read).

               
           
          
           
       

To “Compétitivité” : Please click : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/

To go to “Voyage en 2012” : Please Click : http://rf2012.wordpress.com/

To “France 2012” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

To “English Coffee” : Please click : https://bestcoffeeinparis.wordpress.com/

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Bonus

Dr. Sartorius and Mr. … Strangelove, I assume ?

Of course, the Brits, especially The Economist, have such a … so British sense of humour, that they may smile at everything, that makes the French look strange, incompetent, presumptuous, ridiculous, dangerous, self-destructing or just … French.

But it would Britishly unfair to laugh at communist Minister Montebourg of French rebuilding just because he didn’t worry about thinking before talking.

And it would so Britishly unfair to laugh at French Minister Montebourg of communism French industry rebuilding just because he loves “une bombe“.

And the Brits had better understand one thing : we Arnaud Montebourg ; Bernard Arnault French, are not amused when the French press is laughing at Arnaud Montebourg ; Bernard Arnault the French.

    

And the Brits must understand that we, the French neither loves Miss Maggie are not amused when the Brits The Economist laughs at the French.
But the Brits must know, that France has a good sense of humour, and the French can laugh at good jokes, even British ones, provided they seem to be laughing at others.
Anyway, the Brits should click here : http://renaudfavier.com/2012/09/13/docteur-sartorius-i-suppose/ or on the following picture to read more about France, the French, Minister Montebourg, 2012 and other strange, sometimes quite funny, sometimes very frightening, things.
Renaud Favier, September 13th, 2012.
Some additional e-reading may be needed about Europe, Euro-nomics, France, Frenchonomics, the options for Competitiveness in France in spite of it all …

… French Politics, French Wine, French Weather and other sad issues that may be of interest even if of little importance for the real XXIst century in the world.

Please click on hereafter pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on Fox TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times and the Economist.

            

Downloading some relevant pdf for printing is another option for readers with a taste for “real” paper books (or just no Kindle, but an iPhone, an iPad or whatever else works to e-read).

               
           
          
           
       

To “Compétitivité” : Please click : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/

To go to “Voyage en 2012” : Please Click : http://rf2012.wordpress.com/

To “France 2012” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

To “English Coffee” : Please click : https://bestcoffeeinparis.wordpress.com/

To go to “Café du matin à Paris” : Please click : http://renaudfavier.com/

To Go to France’s President’s Hollande speech on TV, September 10th, 2012 : http://renaudfavier.com/2012/09/10/le-president-hollande-parle-sur-tf1-de-croissance-et-de-competitivite-maintenant/

Frenchonomics : let’s Hope with H…ollande

The good news in Paris, France, is that hope is at the corner of the street (with demonstrators at the end), and nobody burns cars in town (until winter, usually). But it might be slightly over-optimistic to consider that all lights are green, right now.

Renaud Favier, September 3nd, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about France, Frenchonomics, French Politics, French Cars or even more important issues. (Please click on pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times and the Economist).

            

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To “France 2012” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

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Frenchonomics “à la #Royal” in Poitou-Charentes

Please, some real customers should buy the “made in Poitou” small electric car. Not only to keep the former Heuliez workers and factory going on in spite of the going getting real tough for everybody. But to keep Ségolène Royal busy around there.

Renaud Favier, September 1st, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about France, French Cars, French Countryside, French Gentry, French Royal(s) or even more important issues. (Please click on pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times and the Economist).

            

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Green (Lights) at Work in Poitiers, August 22-24 … or so some French Believe (in Frenchology)

The Rocky Green Picture Show Must Go On

Some French believe, that red politicians with green glaze care for nature and environment, that France can afford driving German Panzers if the children ride small bicycles, and that their French water and Chinese solar energy are clean and free.

Frenchology at work …

Let them talk and believe what they want about ecology and whatever other legends : they have done so for decades, if not centuries, nobody cares and the world is neither a better, nor a worse place to live in just because the French people, French politicians, French unions, French Euro and French business people are and talk … so French.

To be or not to be (French ? Wrong ?), that is the question …

The trouble would be, if the French decided to escape from France. Fortunately enough, they know, that the problem is the French, not France, and that if they go elsewhere, where people speak French, it will most surely be the same story of student strikes, big energy companies and endless political discussing like in some parts of Canada (which they still believe to be smaller than France, mostly French speaking and waiting for newcomers from old, poor France), crazy soccer like everywhere around France except Germany (and nobody would go settle in Germany unless starving and German speaking, neither of which is very frequent in France unless at military war time), and Qatar owned hotels and golfs like in France but more expensive than in France. So the escaping French usually stay very close to French food, medicaid and borders, with a preference for French speaking parts of Geneva, Brussels and London, which explains why they have built fast, air-con trains going there (and back because dentists, wine and cheese are so much cheaper in France) and don’t threaten to invade the rest of the world, with the possible exception of Marrakech, but the French fast train is still under construction there and will not be connected to France unless Spain is at sale and France can afford to buy it and rebuild the railways (which are not the same width as in France), which seems very unlikely. So, if some French believe, or even say, France is green, just let them believe, or even talk,  as long as they stay, believe and talk in their Green France and don’t interfere with Euro(pe) issues, British Olympics, serious soccer, real business or banking regulations (as regards building cars, it doesn’t matter, soon they will build only German and Japanese  cars like everybody else in Europe).

No panic, it’s just (France) Grass

So French, so good : “growth is around the (French) corner and all lights are green”.

Renaud Favier, August 22nd, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about Frenchology and other French, or more important issues. (Please click on pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on TV and others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times and the Economist).

            

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#France and #Hollande are Back at Work, Now … or so The French Believe (in Frenchonomics)

The French consider that coming back from their summer holiday means being back at work (where most spend 35 hours per week, with 5 or 6 weeks holiday and RTT). This may explain something about their competitiveness ; “croissance” ; Frenchonomics.

Renaud Favier, August 21st, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about Frenchonomics and other issues. (Please click on pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on TV and others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times).

            

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