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All you always wanted to know about last fortnight (or so) in #France but were afraid (didn’t care ?) to ask

The French are in a bad mood. But how come ? They live in (one of) the best countries in the world, they can come and go to and from Brussels, Geneva or Montecarlo whenever they want, and they have (one of) the best foods of the world.

October, 8th : the French argue about pigeons, or #geonpi, fort that matter. Nobody really undestands what this French mess is all about, but it must be a French tradition to go for pigeons as they don’t celebrate thanksgivings. Maybe they already can’t afford “poule au pot”, or “foie gras”, or even plain “pâtes aux truffes” anymore.

October 7th : the French discuss geese Fashion. How could they possibly complain about that ? Appart from the fact, that Paris no longer is the world’s capital city for fashion, and that the French have bought German cars and fashion for a while, and consider Chinese ones, now.

October 6th : the French discuss French cars at Porte de Versailles. How can they possibly waste time discussing such lame ducks ? It must be a French tradition of some kind at that time of the year, another French paradox.

 October 5th : the French discuss socialism and luxury bags. Whatever works, if they like it …

October 4th : the French discuss about time. Not Time magazine, but past, future, present, that sort of things. Everybody got lost in (time) translation.

October 3rd : the French discuss good old times, when Citroën convertible cars were real big convertible cars, French world leaders were real big world leaders, and #MondialAuto was real big Salon de l’Auto de Paris.

October 2nd : some French discuss books and litterature, that sort of thing they consider as important as food, love and politics, whereas moste of the rest of the real world thinks it’s basically a business like any other kind of art that can make money.

October 1st : the French discuss Handball. Some Blues seem to have got caught red handed, somehow. French sport business as usual, nobody cares, but some French.

September 30th : the French forgot to complain (it was Sunday, but usually, they don’t stop complaining just because it’s Sunday). Anyway, that was quite enjoyable for the rest of the word, as when the French stay in their own comfort zone (without talking), it’s magic Sunday for all others.

September 29th : the French discuss the French budget for 2013. No comment, everybody knows they are very good at discussing but very bad at budget, and the result can’t be very palatable. Who cares anyway (but some French) ?.

September 28th : the French discuss foreign cars. No comment, real French lovers should not need that, but if they like it, whatever works and it’s better to ride a German Panzer than to kill endangered animals, for the same absence of results.

September 27th : the French twit about the iPhone5, like the rest of the world (for once).

September 26th : the French President discusses Syria with some diplomats and chiefs of states at the UN while other world leaders play with their iPad, prepare for their own speech, or read their emails or notes, depending on wheter they have run out of smartphone battery yet. Not even the French care (about Syria). (Nb the French also discuss unemployment in France, that day, but let’s talk about it later).

September 25th : the French talk about Chili con carne. Nobody in the world can possibly believe that, but that’s the way it is, now, in the country of the French Paradox. That must be “le changement”. Let them talk about French foods (French fools ?).

September 24th : some French politicians try to talk about environment. Let the French ecolocrats talk together and discuss against themselves.

September 23rd : some French are going with the wind (at Coupe Icare, near Grenoble). Let them fly under the sunshine.

September 22nd : some French don’t laugh. Let them try and find a good joke.

September 21st : some French laugh. Some others don’t. Let’s not interfere, it’s their own problem if they don’t all have the same / a good sense of humor.

Nothing really new under the French sun last fortnight (or so) : some laugh (at France or in France, that’s just geography), some don’t (in France, or about France, that’s just history), and other folks just work (like the Germans or Chinese), or just don’t work (like the Greeks or those people with a lot of oil under their feet), but nobody is really afraid by France anymore really cares to ask about France anymore.

Renaud FavierOctober 9th, 2012Café du matin à Paris

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Dog Days For #Frenchonomics, but #France has a #Plan for #Competitiveness

Dog Days for France and its economy, including for the once so successful French Exports. But, France has a “Plan” (“roadmap” in non marxist economic language) for competitiveness and all that needs (serious) fixing in the best and brightest of countries.

The best and brightest bought many German cars and Rolex watches, since François Mitterrand introduced “une certaine idée de la social-démocratie à la Berluti” and Jacques Delors’ daughter “une certaine idée de l’économie et du travail”. Some people also complain about the Euro, but this is a side-factor to the French loss of … mind(s)

Not that the situation be unsustainable yet, but as IMF, OCDE, S&P, ECB, WEF, Roubini, Angela Merkel and other stock exchange, markets, ecology and weather optimistic experts would say : “It’s grave, serious and worsening“, which is of course not a good reason to lose the sense of humor into the bargain.

Fortunately, France has a top secret French plan.

And everybody on earth wonders about “The New Soviet Frenchonomics Plan”.

Many competitors in the world are frightened by The Napoleonic French Plan.

Spain and Italy no longer waste the money they don’t have like the Greeks or French sleep at night (which is not really a problem as most people are unemployed there : either they are civil servants or just they are not employed at all, so they can sleep all day, and anyway everybody sleeps by all means every afternoon for “siesta” and gets special siesta bonus due to summer heat).

Even the Capitalists Chinese fear the Socialist French Plan …

Only the realistic Germans don’t care. But they never do when Fantasy France speaks, thinks, paints, draws, plays, sings or writes instead of working. Besides, they are busy because they don’t have 45 days of summer holiday like the French (which partly explains some things about the respective competitiveness of both neighboring but so different countries).

And everybody the Brits laugh (LMAO) about the “Grande Nation” French Plan. But they always do about France as a matter of principle (and because they know France all too well). Besides, they are so happy with their incredibly dry summer weather and their medals at the London Olympic Games, and so drunk celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, the Commonwealth resilience and the fortune their banksters make cheating on the Libor, dealing with Iran, money laundering and surely many other Cititricks, that they laugh all the time about that good “Tapis Rouge” joke by David Cameron at the Los Cabos G20 Crisis Summit everything.

But the French never mind about facts in real life the Brits, the Germans, or whoever usually, or newly, beats them at football sports, exports, war, business, economics, Scrabble, gastronomy, arts, haute couture, car building, bérets basques, chicken, olympic games, #occupy (or whatever doesn’t work anymore in France as the French don’t work).

Stop talking, walk the talk !

Why the Hell should the French care about details ? They have real problems to solve (like the prix of the baguette which pourrait augmenter if the government ne fait rien, with la hausse des cours du blé, the réforme of the PAC et la sécheresse dans the other countries producteurs, et ça serait bad pour l’inflation, le foreign trade and the climat social) and important issues to think about.

Classical French way of walking the talk …

Anyway, they love to hire the best and most expensive international consultants and advertisers (not to mention lobbyists), as they know there could be conflicts of interest, political bias or technical mistakes if they just read the numerous reports of their “Cour des Comptes”

Classical French way of not walking the talk

Though they could just read the 2012 Terra Nova report on the issue of competitiveness by Louis Schweitzer and the late Olivier Ferrand : “Une politique globale de compétitivité pour la France“…

… or the reports of their Conseil d’Analyse Economique

… or the reports de l’observatoire de la compétitivité (Luxembourg)

… or the report of la commission Attali (2008) …

… or le rapport Ruef-Armand (1960) …

…or something about  Jacques Coeur (century XV) …

… or even less appropriate and reliable (because in English, among other reasons, and French don’t read English except at wartime, and they have not understood yet, that the world is at economic war, and they don’t trust what is not written by and in French anyway) WEF notes, OECD papers or EU laws or … whatever works.

All this may help, at least, it cannot (h)arm more (armoire ? armure ?) the French competitiveness.

All the more, since they have organized a “dialogue social”summit (the French call that kind of things a “Grenelle” or a “Banquet Républicain”, depending on the number of meals and quality of the food, foreign journalists say “Frogs Party with a Champagne Cocktail“) before their summer holiday, where they didn’t talk about competitiveness, of course, but realized it could be an issue.

And  since they have elected appointed new dream teams and administrative task forces to copy write reports (to tell the truth, they have a talent to write reports, and even schools, diplomas and elections for that) in economic war rooms and propose … yet another plan.

Karine Berger, a former (d)economist and co-writer, was parachuted and elected as socialist Députée somewhere in the French countryside in June 2012 and some journalists believe that she could have been appointed as a Secretary for Foreign Trade but missed the opportunity due to some gas leaks in Guyane. God only knows … (but to tell the truth, her book is less stupid than the title that was chosen for marketing)

God can make miracles bless France … (the good news is, the French believe in many Gods and they know for sure that : “Impossible n’est pas français”).

In socialism and dialogue social God (and Gallois) the French trust … So, they have planned, plan and will plan, again and again(st all ods) …

Eureka !

And they trust the French their Frenchonomics may work (Frenchonomics rule 2 : “sur un malentendu, ça pourrait marcher”, rule number 3 being :”Le prix s’oublie -especially when paid by taxpayers or future taxpayers-, la qualité reste -unless somebody cheated on the contract which tends to happen with so called public money-“).

Or not, as usually happens when the socialists (or whoever, in fact, with very few exceptions since Mr Louis XIV died) rule, but they don’t care that much as long as it lasts (Frenchonomics rule 1 : “Pourvu que ça dure …”).

Then, if “doesn’t work”, go to London ask Angela with your best romantic smile, to ask for more croissance money, as usual (Frenchonomics rule 4 : “The Germans can and must pay, if you don’t know why, they do !”).

Frenchonomics …

Soon, the French may have to call the IMF, or sell some more hotels and paintings, or write some more reports, or escape to London or waste less or … work more realize the world has changed more than France, whatever their professional football players politicians may say.

It’s 4G, Stupid !

Because France should change strategy for call centers, consultants, recruitment procedures, summer holiday habits, whatever doesn’t work and cannot last much longer.

France ought to think work  different.

France could read another a book for free (which is good news, in view of their budget situation).

France can twit different (Yes we can … Twit Higher, Faster, Farther … Smarter).

Carpe diem, especially in rather challenging 2012 😉 – w/ Lilicub “Voyage en Italie” http://rf2012.wordpress.co … ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cc3c8 

Never mind, it’s just 2012 and we have sun in Paris today … http://rf2012.wordpress.com/  pic.twitter.com/oBKt4WJ6  View photo

Vous avez regardé France-Canada @ JO, voté en mai ou pris vos vacances en juillet ? Ce n’est pas grave, carpe diem 😉 http://rf2012.wordpress.com/ 

Suntanning is Has-Been, Be (Read) Smarter on the #Beach now (#maintenant #France #Holiday #eBook #Paris #Plagehttp://wp.me/p27ovB-jE 

Bronzer (idiot), surtout à #Paris #Plage ou #SaintTropez, c’est Has-Been, maintenant en #France http://wp.me/pJjbe-51w 

S’indigner à chaque indicateur économique français déplorable, surtout le commerce extérieur, est Has-Been, maintenant http://wp.me/pJjbe-524 

#JO2012 Quelqu’un pourrait-il dire aux grands ados sous casques géants qu’ils sont vraiment très ridicules sur leurs mini vélos sauteurs ?

#JO2012 Que les choses soient claires, personne n’est intéressé par la natation synchro avec pince-nez hideux et cambouis sur les cheveux

#JO2012 Que les choses soient claires #France n’est intéressée que par médailles d’or françaises, inutile occuper écrans TV p. moins que ça

Think (and Read) out of the Old Boxes (Books) for a (real) #change http://wp.me/p23TvS-at 

Commerce extérieur, pas de déni de Mme #Bricq mais retour @ ni-ni : ni amélioration, ni lumière au bout du tunnel http://viadeo.com/s/bQ4tP 

Pas de bonne surprise en juin, exportations françaises régressent et 1er semestre s’achève avec un déficit cumulé de 35 milliards … http://lnkd.in/XSKQsg 

Déficit du commerce extérieur France 1er semestre en ligne avec le désastreux 2012 … : http://lnkd.in/vJgXch 

Commerce extérieur -35 milliards, récession, crise #Euro … Quelqu’un aurait une bonne nouvelle économique ?… http://fb.me/1VDKcYQdm 

S’indigner à chaque indicateur économique français déplorable est Has-Been, maintenant http://wp.me/pJjbe-524 

Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner – London Symphony Orchestra (Apocalypse Now) –  http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/ ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbuf0 

Ce sont des adultes en compétition qui sautent sur des bosses avec des vélos de mômes ? @ #JO2012 ? Et maintenant ? http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/livres/actualite-et-debat-de-societe/actualite-evenements/et-maintenant-5-1822367 …

Déficit commercial US au plus bas de 18 mois : Effets de la NEI (New Export Initiative) de #Obama ? #Compétitivité 2012 http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/livres/ressources-professionnelles/competitivite-2012-1822197 …

Agaçant, déficit commercial #USA au plus bas sur 18 mois alors que Nicole #Bricq a annoncé hier des chiffres aussi mauvais que 2011 p. #France

US trade deficit narrows to 18-month low http://on.ft.com/QhSo3D  RT by RF

Agaçant cette succession d’échecs alors que la 1ère semaine JO de Londres #JO2012 était triomphale pour #France. C’est assez Napoléonien …

A 30 secondes de la fin, l’équipe de foot féminine française perd la médaille de bronze après avoir dominé tout le match http://lemde.fr/N2Tfs1  RT by RF

Renaud Favier : France & Facebook est sorti de presse! http://bit.ly/g8PTOA 

Renaud Favier, le Journal nouvelle édition http://bit.ly/dQneRc  ▸ Aujourd’hui à la UNE: @boursicotueur @dlempereur

“Good morning London” : Lemaitre a rendez-vous avec Bolt et Blakehttp://bit.ly/O5Jfjr  Retweeted by RF

Bon, pour la course à pieds à Londres, si les Jamaïcains tombent et les Yankees se trompent de sens, on a une vraie chance de médaille #200m

Lienemann (PS) votera contre le pacte budgétaire : “Il ne faut pas décevoir le peuple de gauche” http://bit.ly/PGtTMI  Retweeted by RF

@franceinfo: Lienemann (PS) votera contre pacte budgétaire : “ne pas décevoir le peuple de gauche” http://bit.ly/PGtTMI ” – bokomdelantik !

Bon, il est 9h, il fait beau et on ne parle pas de tricherie ou de déboires français aux #JO2012 : c’est quoi la mauvaise nouvelle du jour ?

Ça doit être dans un vieux SAS sur une guerre pas loin de #Syrie #Liban que j’ai lu cette sage (?) maxime locale “Tu tues pour rien si tu ne tues pas assez”

C’est vache de la part de #Sarkozy d’avoir réveillé de leur sieste les députés haut-parleurs de service et sorti #BHL et #Fabius de leur hamac

Rapport Gallois reporté à octobre, dialogue social à suivre, crise UE à résoudre, économie mondiale tremblante … http://fb.me/FvyJoNXl 

L’annonce du n-ième plan de soutien à l’export ne peut pas nuire à #compétitivité #France mais ne fait pas vaciller les possibles … http://lnkd.in/DPRDEh 

L’annonce d’un n-ième “Plan de soutien à #export” de #France ne fait pas trembler le monde, mais what else ? http://lnkd.in/DPRDEh 

Bronzer (idiot), c’est Has-Been, maintenant | Renaud Favier : Café du matin à Paris

Bricq sur déficit (abyssal bien sûr) commerce extérieur: “besoin d’entreprises beaucoup plus fortes”. La France Forte ? http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

@AymericPontier Les éléments de langage de la Ministre sont sobrement efficaces, saison des vacances de son cabinet 😉 http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

@MelB_00 Le coût du travail n’est-il pas la tarte à la crème du moment qui cache des forêts d’échecs collectifs ? http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/think-and-read-out-of-the-old-boxes/ …

#France toujours 6è aux #JO2012 mais pénurie de médailles hier. Pourvu que ça dure malgré #compétitivité en berne http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/ 

3 jours consécutifs de beau temps à #Paris, tous à #Paris-Plages, c’est l’été, mais il faut en profiter vite … .http://renaudfavier.com/2012/08/08/bronzer-idiot-cest-has-been-maintenant/ …

YouScribefr, le Journal nouvelle édition http://bit.ly/jWK4Qh  ▸ Aujourd’hui à la UNE: @Market_Etudiant @renaud_favier @numerikbook RT by RF

And I Try … To Forget #Basket #JO2012 … w/ Rolling Stones – Satisfaction Live 1965  ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkxj 

The Rolling Stones – “Satisfaction” (September 16, 1965) Live – http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/  ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkw9 

France lost to Spain #Basket #JO2012 #London ! – Let’s Listen to Rolling Stones – “Satisfaction” (live 1969) ♫ http://blip.fm/~1cbkvh 

Think (and Read) out of the Old Boxes (Books) or you’re out of whartever #Business http://wp.me/p23TvS-at  #competitiveness #change

RF, August 10th, 2012

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