Tag Archives: War

“Mon Dieu !” …

From Paris, with love …

RF – November 25th, 2015

France at War in Iraq, or Charles de Gaulle at WarGame at sea, or vice-versa, or not at all ?

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Credit : Menegol

More about France at war against the Islamic State in Iraq (in French, sorry) http://renaudfavier.com/2015/02/25/le-charles-de-gaulle-en-mer-rouge-contre-les-barbares-islamistes-de-daech-vaste-programme/

More about the Charles de Gaulle at wargame at sea (in French too, sorry again) http://parispotemkine.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/le-porte-avion-charles-de-gaulle-symbole-de-la-france-potemkine/

More about France (sorry …) http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com

Sorry, France (and sorry, Charles) …

Renaud Favier – February 25th, 2015

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

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Café Pouchkine

Same “good old shoe” story, or revolution in Ukraine ?

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Many people died in Kiev. It’s not a “wag the dog” story, but a dangerous mix of “civil” and economic war. The big guys in and around Ukraine have played strange, wicked games, over the last months, or years. Ukrainians pay a high price.

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Less dramatic, if not good, news about “good old shoes” in Europe (in French) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/02/21/ff-genres-baskets-charentaises-godillots-tongs-gros-sabots-et-autres-francaises-a-cote-de-leurs-pompes/

Renaud Favier – Feb, 21th 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Vive la France !

Please don’t laugh at François Hollande … laugh at Hollande’s France … unless U prefer watch rugby

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Hollande is at work (or so he pretends and some of his family and friends pretend to believe to make him happy).

François Hollande

Credits : Placide

France is not.

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Hollande is at (economic) war (or so he, many of his fans, and a few of his ministers believe).

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France is no longer at whatever war (was it ever since Trafalgar ?).

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Credits : Deligne – Urtikan

Hollande has an arguably good sense of humour (though basically oldschool male chauvinistic, from Corrèze, with a 70’s touch, as he was a student then).

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French Village People Hollande Style at War against Rightist conservatism everywhere – Credits : Nicolas Dahan

Most of the French have an arguably a disastrous XXIst century style sense of humour, whatever their geographic origin, favourit gender, or political bias.

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Credits : Nicolaz

Hollande is an absolute loser, of course …

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Bur France cannot always win (good rugby game, England, but have a nice week-end watching other naked bottoms shows on British TV) …

The French Love the Brits

Nobody’s perfect (especially current French President François Hollande) …

Renaud Favier – February, 2nd, 2014 – Facebook Café du matin à Paris

Let's Walk

Let them talk, bark, yell, twist, twit, shout … provided they shoot (among) themselves

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So, there is a G20 somewhere in Russia ; there may be a war somewhere in the Middle East ; and some Europeans say, that France is more nuts than (cl)ever. Frankly, as long as the city is OK, as the ale is lukewarm and the tea is hot, who cares ?

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Let them talk (who listens ?), even on TV if they so like (who watches ?), provided they don’t make things worse (who cares ?) than we all have let (encouraged ?) them do (who can prevent them from ?).

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Let them talk (and fight, and kill, whatever doesn’t work), provided they do it all among themselves, and they don’t ask us to pay for their worst misbehavings.

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But let’s write about it now, in case it would be too late soon, when it is too late and censorship gets worse, real bad because of real war #IRL …

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And let’s have coffee now, in case it gets more expensive, less tasty, or just unavailable, at wartime in Syria on top of ongoing economic wars, religious wars, ecologic wars, fatcat wars, whatever wars …

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Let them talk, but don’t read only sponsorized crap, watch only horseshit and ads, and listen only to professional liars, your standard politicians, or other global village idiots, when it comes to serious issues

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R.Favier – September, 6, 2013 – Facebook Café du matin à Paris – LinkedIn

Let's Have Coffee

Net Land ArtMad in France      Frenchonomics          Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Bonus : Let them talk crap, if they neither want to listen to brains , nor see truth  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvP07yHPuKo

My goodness ! France at war against talent, now ?

la-une-choc-des-inrocksIs France killing art and passion ? Fighting against its own artists and talented people ? Read more about it here : http://renaudfavier.com/2013/01/16/si-armstrong-balance-a-la-tv-faudra-til-delocaliser-le-tour-de-france-comme-depardieu-renault-ou-le-dakar/

Renaud Favier – January 26th, 2013 – http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Bonus : but it looks like it, doesn’t it ?