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Fall, Walls of Shame of the Past, Fall

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Jumping over Walls for Freedom, from 1961 in Berlin to 21st century in France

Everybody loves somebody … everybody loves the Sixties … and some people would love a walking its talk socialism, but it just doesn’t work, it never did nowhere, and everybody escapes from the left hand (East End ?) if (and when) possible.

Renaud Favier – November 9th, 2014

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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.

Ukraine Crimée Russie

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.

Poutien Ukraine Russie Crimée

“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.

Good Olympic Game

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

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Café Pouchkine

Where do the #French go ? Very Bad Trip ? The Answer, my Friend, is Blowing in the Wind …

German reunification and the Euro were the last big footsteps for small Europe, which mankind watched on TV. Now, if the French wanna try reborn socialism with gay marriage, no food, no Euro and no free press, let’s see about it on the internet.

If some other broke European countries wanna join second class Euro(pe), be it because they too wanna believe in utopias because they think dreams are better nightmares than real life, or because they have no more choice than Eastern Europe after WW2 or German democrats after 1933 elections or the free world after 1929 crisis, let’s not start a war for that and remember what the previous French socialist Leader Maximo, François I, used to say before Germany reunified : “I love Germany so much, that I am happy there are two”. Everybody loves Euro(pe) so much, let François II create its Europe II with the Club-Meds (and perhaps let French German speaking Alsace-Lorraine and Northern German thinking Italy stay in Berlin/Brussels co-managed Europe I to avoid the risk of WW3 this time, and let the Brits chose freely if they prefer to join Euro(pe) 2 for the sake of “Entente Cordiale”, Euro(pe) 1 in Memory of the German name of the Royals, the United States at last, or no new alliance yet because they wanna wait and see who wins, because they trust they can afford a Churchill/Elisabeth fortitude (though they are not sure America could/would help), again, or because they have the Commonwealth and they think it’s enough to rule the Pacific waves again in the coming brave new Asian world. Anyway, if you cannot avoid it, watch it.

And if some French wanna escape this France, let them do : some will choose Germany in Memory of their ancestors (be they collaborators or Europhiles, or both, or neither but just German speaking for some Reason) and because they like German beer and free driving ; some will choose London for the sake of “une certaine idée de la France” and because they prefer lower taxes and fish and ships to Currywurst ; some will go to America because they have got used to slow driving and poor coffee or want to do business with Asia but prefer junk food to Chinese Soup or Japanese Sushi ; others will go anywhere but France, because they think people should be allowed to work and get paid for it and create entrerprises and make money out of it and not be insulted for that whatever works, but France. Of course, some of the French press will say that such people don’t deserve the honour of the Grande Nation’s citizenship : let the media talk as long as they can and let the French walk their talk, as long as they can …

Honni soit qui Noah’s (tax strategy) Ark y pense …

As the French (economic advisor to François II, Karine Berger and co-writer Valérie Rabault) say, “Les trente glorieuses sont devant nous”.

Let it be (French ?) and hope it will not last 30 years.

It’s not as if it could last 70 years anyway, the world has changed. And even Franch laws and promises and advisors and polls and media ownership can change, re-change, re-re-change …, be they in favour to or against more or less (usually silly) taxes, marriage, the size of housing or the price of electricity, for instance, with the exception of the petit livre rouge du code du travail and the dialogue social(iste), et environnemental à visage humain, of course, even if all this goes against economic rationale and/or European laws, if the exception française or the next elections so require …

After all, France is “LE Pays de la Raison“, isn’t it ?

Renaud Favier, September 11, 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, European Politics, Future with or without Civilized Face, Whatever Works or even more important issues like the proper temperature for  Sauternes Sweet Bordeaux White Wine with Foie Gras (some drink Red Bordeaux with Foie Gras, as long as they do it at home without witnesses …) or the Religion of Groucho Marx French Ancestors.

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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/

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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