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(MSNBC)   Jacques Chirac storms out of European Union summit after bureaucrat addresses him in English. Quelle fromage   (msnbc.msn.com ) divider line 258
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2006-03-24 08:13:22 AM  
Wow, a Frenchman storming out and surrendering. That's a first!

/O RLY?
//YA RLY.
 
2006-03-24 08:17:13 AM  
Le asshàt.
 
2006-03-24 08:21:20 AM  
Jeez... think of what would have happened if he had been addressed in German!

/Probably would have started running backwards, blowing kisses.
 
2006-03-24 08:26:32 AM  
Maybe the dude just had to take a leak?
 
2006-03-24 08:30:07 AM  
he has surrender practice scheduled every day at 2pm.
 
2006-03-24 08:41:38 AM  
That's kind of inaccurate, Submitter; the French bureacrat addressed the summit, not directly/solely Jacques Chirac.
 
2006-03-24 09:32:35 AM  
Ah, a healthy dash of Francophobia on a Friday. Lub it.
 
2006-03-24 10:04:28 AM  
Didn't they do this in Kill Bill?

Was there any cool decapitations?

Details, dammit!
 
2006-03-24 10:04:38 AM  
France is changing their image. They're toughening up. Now, instead of surrendering, they surrender in a huff.
 
2006-03-24 10:04:42 AM  
Mon Dieux!
 
2006-03-24 10:04:43 AM  
ADB

Well played.

/les singes de capitulation qui mangent le fromage
 
2006-03-24 10:04:48 AM  
Where the hell does he think he is - Quebec?
 
2006-03-24 10:05:26 AM  
I believe it was actually a french businessman that was speaking in English, and Chirac is just all pissed off because he wants the EU to use French as its common language but its been slowly moving over to English especially as more members join who have English as their most common non native language.
 
2006-03-24 10:06:00 AM  
And here I thought it was only the Quebec francophones that did that.

/kidding!
 
2006-03-24 10:07:02 AM  
the French are rather annoying in how they view their own culture/language. back in the 90's, they required radio stations (by law) to play a certain number of French language songs every day. i love the French culture and French is probably the only foreign language I could speak with a refesher course, but they take themselves way too seriously.
 
2006-03-24 10:07:16 AM  
Curse you oldfarthenry-you'll pay for this!
 
2006-03-24 10:07:31 AM  
yeah, I'm early =)

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2006-03-24 10:08:41 AM  
i1.tinypic.com

/The French Club picnic has been cancelled.
 
2006-03-24 10:09:43 AM  
I'm so glad that leaders make decisions based on the common good as opposed to pettiness.

Way to act like children!
 
2006-03-24 10:10:41 AM  
I am french.

So i am really..

/Seriously, stop using google translator. Just post some Melissa, that's all a french tread needs.
 
2006-03-24 10:11:42 AM  
You gotta have priorities. For some it's riots. For others it's unemployment. For him it's speaking French.
 
2006-03-24 10:11:59 AM  
Animatronik: the French are rather annoying in how they view their own culture/language. back in the 90's, they required radio stations (by law) to play a certain number of French language songs every day.

A lot of countries have these sort of laws. I'm not sure if the songs you're talking about had to be in French or FROM France. Not much of a difference, but its very important. In Canada, we require that a certain percentage of songs are Canadian content, same with television stations regarding TV shows. It's to support the local industry because lets face it, no recording or film industry can support the budgets the United States can. It's no different than certain controls placed on the importing or exporting of goods, because that's essentially what it is.
 
2006-03-24 10:12:22 AM  
quebec does it for good reason
 
fj
2006-03-24 10:14:36 AM  
Lemmy Kilmister
and that reason is...?
 
2006-03-24 10:14:47 AM  
Wouldn't you be pissed if you were in an official summit at let's say, the Capitol building, and an official member of the summit starting talking to the rest in French?
 
fj
2006-03-24 10:16:06 AM  
pcolapaul
not if he were speaking to a majority of french speaking people
 
2006-03-24 10:17:12 AM  
Yea, he was at an official summit representing France, so I can understand why Chirac would be pissed.
 
2006-03-24 10:17:52 AM  
Lighten up, France(s).
 
2006-03-24 10:17:59 AM  
I bet this story turns out to be a propaganda hoax.

ooooooooooooooooooooOooooooooooooo
 
2006-03-24 10:18:19 AM  
Oh, French jokes. I get it.

Seriously, I'd figure this guy has bigger things to worry about with what is happening in his country.
 
2006-03-24 10:18:45 AM  
quebec is the odd man out within north american. Small population of about 7 million, speaking a different language. It's the only way Quebec can remain french.

while bill 101 leaves my lukewarm, I fully understand the need
for it.
 
2006-03-24 10:19:02 AM  
fj-

God forbid that day!
 
2006-03-24 10:19:25 AM  
What a baby!

Speaking in English to a largely English speaking audience shows respect.

//If I speak French to a French audience, I'm going to walk out!
 
2006-03-24 10:20:39 AM  
xria: Chirac is just all pissed off because he wants the EU to use French as its common language but its been slowly moving over to English

Actually, europe uses translators for every language spoken in the EU, so that everybody can use his own language. The point is that Europe should NOT have a common language.
 
2006-03-24 10:22:04 AM  
What did the guy say? Was it something like:

"That dere axeplosions ats da skool wuz farkin' kool, wuzn dit?"
 
2006-03-24 10:22:53 AM  
Baron-Harkonnen: Yea, he was at an official summit representing France, so I can understand why Chirac would be pissed.


According to the article, Ernest-Antoine Seilliere represents a "European business lobby". He wasn't there to represent his country, he was there to represent his business interests.
 
2006-03-24 10:23:43 AM  
In all fairness, the only reason Americans don't have problems with languages is that everyone else on the earth (I'm not exaggerating, I swear) speaks at least some English. English could very well cause the extinction of some languages within the next century or two. Which is good for all those lazy Americans who think learning a foreign language is unpatriotic.

/not trolling, I'm aware that plenty of Americans learn other languages. But the general "let them learn English" attitude bothers me.
 
2006-03-24 10:23:53 AM  
Ah, a healthy dash of Francophobia on a Friday. Lub it.

I have to admit, some of the French stereo types are off base. We should react like we hope the world reacts when looking at the US and say "those poor people, look what they have to put up with for a president."
 
2006-03-24 10:24:19 AM  
Just post some Melissa, that's all a french thread needs.


All right...I've been saving this for you:

Melissa Theuriau Topless (NSFW) (pops)

Oh, and by the way...

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2006-03-24 10:24:41 AM  
French: beautiful, melodic, and doomed.
 
2006-03-24 10:24:56 AM  
Lets just come together and speak the Esperanto already. Who's with me?
 
2006-03-24 10:25:45 AM  
Upset French leader bolts EU meeting after Frenchmen switches languages

Any chance we could get the author of the article to use English?
 
2006-03-24 10:26:55 AM  
JesseL: According to the article, Ernest-Antoine Seilliere represents a "European business lobby". He wasn't there to represent his country, he was there to represent his business interests.


You're right, but after further reading it appears that switching from French to English was intentionally used to snub Chirac. He basically said, "You guys don't want to have a common language? Well screw that, because it helps make me more money". This is not something that would be taken lightly in France, a country where family, culture, and good eating are considered to be above business interests.
 
2006-03-24 10:27:38 AM  
I move to have the French language taken off all US passports and officially removed as a language of world diplomacy. They are a bunch of biatches and we should punish them as such. Having a single language for global diplomacy makes an unbelievable amount of sense. That way diplomats don't need to waste energies learning 57 different languages to effectively communicate with the rest of the world. France needs to realize they are a second rate country, and if they hadn't switched sides in the middle of WW2 to our side, they would have ended up with no say in the EU. Read the treaties and groups formed leading up to the EU formation, and you will see France was basically gifted the EU by us because of our restrictions on Germany and Italy.
 
2006-03-24 10:28:15 AM  
"I have to admit, some of the French stereo types are off base. We should react like we hope the world reacts when looking at the US and say "those poor people, look what they have to put up with for a president."

Very true mon ami.

The US does itself no favours with this sort of racism. The 'freedom fries' fiasco did more harm than good.

And I aint even French.
 
2006-03-24 10:28:30 AM  
pcolapaul

English, French and German are the working languages of the 25-nation bloc, which has no single official language. All 20 languages of the member states are used at summits, ministerial meetings and in the European Parliament.

RTFA ;)
 
2006-03-24 10:28:38 AM  
yaddablah wins the grand prize.
 
2006-03-24 10:29:09 AM  
Wow... talk about your delicate sensibilities.

Don't they have more pressing matters to attend to at the moment? Farking whiners...
 
2006-03-24 10:30:05 AM  
Chirac is a massive dong. And a crook, nearly as bad as Berlusconi of Italy.
 
2006-03-24 10:31:17 AM  
From Wiki:

A lingua franca is any language widely used beyond the population of its native speakers. The de facto status of lingua franca is usually "awarded" by the masses to the language of the most influential nation(s) of the time. Any given language normally becomes a lingua franca primarily by being used for international commerce, but can be accepted in other cultural exchanges, especially diplomacy. Occasionally the term lingua franca is applied to a fully established formal language; thus formerly it was said that French was the lingua franca of diplomacy.

Is that irony I smell?
 
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