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Re: The France thread

Post by Doctor X » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:51 am


I prefer the Japanese Surrender French Original. Two prominent actors. Of course, Hollywood fucked it up with the execrable Birdcage. Missed the point, really.

The "point" is, as in this scene, Ugo confesses with whom he had his son a long time ago. In another scene he was drunk, she was in his bed after a show, and, "I thought, 'why not try it with a woman?'" Much more subtle than the 'murican since the other "point" is it is two aging men living together. One fears he is no longer attractive and wonders if his partner will seek others or even the mother of his child.

Also, the son is marrying a brow-beaten child of a leader of the party: "The Pillars of Morality." They hope a marriage to a religious conservative family will turn the press from the fact that their President.

Died.

In bed.

With a prostitute.

An underaged prostitute.

Who is black.

And his last words were, "don't forget, Chocolate, the money's on the table."

Very good musical and the French can at least do comedy.

This is important.

In the rain.

That lies mainly on the plain.



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Re: The France thread

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:33 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:51 pm

Gay? :roll:

Obviously it's some sort of Illuminati secret handshake. :notsure:
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Re: The France thread

Post by gnome » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:19 pm

Doctor X wrote:
I prefer the Japanese Surrender French Original. Two prominent actors. Of course, Hollywood fucked it up with the execrable Birdcage. Missed the point, really.

The "point" is, as in this scene, Ugo confesses with whom he had his son a long time ago. In another scene he was drunk, she was in his bed after a show, and, "I thought, 'why not try it with a woman?'" Much more subtle than the 'murican since the other "point" is it is two aging men living together. One fears he is no longer attractive and wonders if his partner will seek others or even the mother of his child.

Also, the son is marrying a brow-beaten child of a leader of the party: "The Pillars of Morality." They hope a marriage to a religious conservative family will turn the press from the fact that their President.

Died.

In bed.

With a prostitute.

An underaged prostitute.

Who is black.

And his last words were, "don't forget, Chocolate, the money's on the table."

Very good musical and the French can at least do comedy.

This is important.

In the rain.

That lies mainly on the plain.



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I thought all those points came through very well in the American version. But, I should probably see the French version to get my mind right.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Grammatron » Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:24 pm

The American version is great and Doctor X is just being a hater.

Everyone else liked the movie just fine, just ask Doctor X's mom, she know's everyone...

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Re: The France thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:53 pm

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“there is a French version of the story, and a true one.”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“When a Quebecker is interviewed for French TV, he or she is often subtitled in ‘normal’ French, as if the language they speak in francophone Canada is so barbarous that Parisians won’t be able to understand”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“it must have been hard making a silent movie about a girl who hears voices.)”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“It was Voltaire who said that ‘in a government, you need both shepherds and butchers.’ The problem in France was that the butchers kept killing the shepherds, while the sheep turned cannibal.”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French


“His posturing for independence came to its logical climax when in 1966 he ordered all foreign troops out of France, arguing that in the event of war, he would not let French soldiers bow to American command as they had been forced to do in World War Two. The way de Gaulle announced his new policy has gone down in history. Apparently the Général phoned the American President, Lyndon Johnson, to tell him that France was opting out of NATO, and that consequently all American military personnel had to be removed from French soil. Taking part in the conference call was Dean Rusk, the US Secretary of State, and Johnson told Rusk to reply: ‘Does that include those buried in it?”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“The Frenchmen tried to explain that sexual intercourse between males was taboo (despite anything the Brits might have told them about French sailors),”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“But at the same time, any mention of the history of Quebec rouses burning anti-British and anti-American outrage in a French person’s heart, as if someone was talking about a favourite café of theirs that had been turned into a Starbucks. Canada”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“This is a very French trait. Today, if a big manufacturing company is in trouble, it will parachute in a graduate of one of France’s grandes écoles, someone who has studied business theory and maths for ten years but never actually been inside a factory. The important thing to the French is not experience, it is leadership – or, more exactly, French-style leadership, which mainly involves ignoring advice from anyone with lots of experience but no French grande école on their CV.”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French


“The prospect of one day being hauled out of the canal by yet another old enemy was hard for France to swallow, even more so when British and French defence specialists discussed their exit strategy in case of an overwhelming Soviet attack, and the Brits proposed a massive evacuation via Dunkirk.”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French

“Philippe also brought along musicians - mainly trumpeters and drummers - to scare the enemy. Even then, French music was known to terrify the English.”
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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:04 pm

“When a Quebecker is interviewed for French TV, he or she is often subtitled in ‘normal’ French, as if the language they speak in francophone Canada is so barbarous that Parisians won’t be able to understand”
― Stephen Clarke, 1000 Years of Annoying the French
Think of the Quebecois as northerly French speaking Texans. :BigGrin3:
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:09 am

Grammatron wrote:I guess French Sixth Republic is overdue.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:10 am

Found no English article on that, so I'll summarize:


France having decided that most everybody (nearly 90% of high school students, strict instructions regarding the marks) should earn the "baccalauréat" – which allows entering the University – but the means not being on par with that particular project, the selection has been sneakily shifted from that diploma (well, "diploma" nowadays) to the Universities.

Putative students are now required to (try to) find some (theoretically available) posts in accordance with their interests somewhere, this with a "Parcoursup" software.

And the teachers are required to sift through the applications (something like thousands of files to retain the 100 "best", at least that's what they say).

Result: 200 teachers have signed an open letter proclaiming they just won't do that. Lack of time & means, and "not our job".

While others are openly going for a kind of "soft chaos": everybody "1st ex aequo", welcome to the University.


Two things should be noted:
– selection was always present, and with the demise of the "baccalauréat" as a barrier the guillotine fell only end of the second, sometimes third, year. Good for unemployment statistics. (And the profs didn't seem to mind that.) Very bad for the students who had been fooled into believing they could succeed there.
– the "Grandes Écoles", the part of French higher education which still works as it should, are quite difficult to enter and also well-endowed, of course.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:34 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:39 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Doctor X » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:40 am

Grammatron wrote:Everyone else liked the movie just fine, just ask Doctor X's mom, she know's everyone...
She did enjoy it . . . as you know :oops:





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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:31 am

Reuters wrote:Macron's overtures to Catholic Church make waves in secular France

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron has blurred a line that has kept French government free of religious intervention for generations, critics said on Tuesday, after he called for stronger ties between the state and the Catholic Church.

The issue is particularly sensitive in historically Catholic France, where matters of faith and state were separated by law in 1905 and which is now home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities.

The president’s remark might have raised fewer eyebrows had he left it until later in a one-hour speech on Monday night to Church dignitaries in Paris, where he began by saying that just arranging such a gathering was an achievement in itself.

“If we’ve done so, it must be because somewhere we share the feeling that the link between Church and State has been damaged, that the time has come for us, both you and me, to mend it,” he said.

Critics, many his natural political opponents, took the president to task.

“It took three centuries of civil war and struggle to get to where we are and there’s absolutely no reason to turn the clock back... because of an intellectual whim of the president’s,” said hardline leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, a candidate in the election that brought Macron to power last May.
[…]
Raised in a non-religious family, Macron was baptised a Roman Catholic at his own request when he was 12.
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-fran ... KKBN1HH2L3

Analysis (as Abdul would say): he has pissed off his left wing, and things aren't going well either with the state-controlled and, in principle, overarching official Muslim organization (Paris Mosque), so back to traditional values & support.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:40 am

There is no way France will go back to being Roman Catholic. In 1905 they made something official that was already true for a while.

And France might conceivably go Muslim through settler colonialism, but unlike in the UK I would not expect to see massive conversions.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:43 am

Could there possibly be some sort of political deal with the Vatican being considered?

I mean along the lines of the Lateran treaty.
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Re: The France thread

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:37 am

After the lid, the pipes:
World Nuclear News wrote:Quality issue detected with Flamanville EPR welds

EDF said the first quality deviation in the welding of the main secondary system was detected on 21 March during the initial comprehensive inspection, a regulatory requirement prior to the reactor starting up. This inspection includes an examination of the welds in the primary and secondary systems, and allows an initial reference state of the plant to be established before it begins operating.

Each of the welds had been declared compliant by the consortium of contractors in charge of manufacturing the system, EDF noted.
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"Following the current checks and the licensing process by ASN, EDF will be able to specify whether the project requires an adjustment to its timetable and its costs," EDF said.

Construction work began in December 2007 on the 1650 MWe unit at the Flamanville site in Normandy - where two reactors have been operating since 1986 and 1987. The dome of the reactor building was put in place in July 2013 and the reactor vessel was installed in January 2014. The reactor was originally expected to start commercial operation in 2013, but owing to delays this is now expected late this year.

EDF's roadmap for the Flamanville 3 project, drawn up in September 2015, sees fuel loading and start-up of the reactor at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. It also sets the project cost at €10.5 billion (at the 2015 rate, excluding interim interest).
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Qu ... 04184.html

As Le Monde vrote:
Quant au coût de ce prototype, il a triplé depuis les premiers devis, passant de 3,3 milliards d’euros annoncés en 2005 à 10,5 milliards d’euros.
"The price of this prototype has tripled since the first estimates from 2005 from 3.3 to 10.5 billions euros."

Happy taxpayers! :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed May 02, 2018 1:36 am

State theft:
Ars Technica wrote:France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues

A French-born American has now sued his home country because, he claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has illegally seized a domain that he’s owned since 1994: France.com.

In the mid-1990s, Jean-Noël Frydman bought France.com from Web.com and set up a website to serve as a "digital kiosk" for Francophiles and Francophones in the United States.

For over 20 years, Frydman built up a business (also known as France.com), often collaborating with numerous official French agencies, including the Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, sometime around 2015, that very same ministry initiated a lawsuit in France in an attempt to wrest control of the France.com domain away from Frydman. Web.com locked the domain, and Frydman even roped in the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School to intervene on his behalf.

By September 2017, the Paris Court of Appeals ruled that France.com was violating French trademark law. Armed with this ruling, lawyers representing the French state wrote to Web.com demanding that the domain be handed over.

Finally, on March 12, 2018, Web.com abruptly transferred ownership of the domain to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The company did so without any formal notification to Frydman and no compensation.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... comments=1

Will increase Francophily… :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue May 29, 2018 2:38 am

PeerJ wrote:Giant worms chez moi! Hammerhead flatworms (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae, Bipalium spp., Diversibipalium spp.) in metropolitan France and overseas French territories

Introduction

Land planarians (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae) are predatory soil-associated animals. Although small species (generally less than 1 cm in length) such as Microplana spp. or Rhynchodemus spp. are autochthonous in Europe (Álvarez-Presas et al., 2012), large species are not. Reports of invasive alien flatworms in Europe in recent years (Sluys, 2016) include Arthurdendyus triangulatus from New Zealand, Platydemus manokwari originally from Papua New Guinea, Obama nungara from Brazil, and Parakontikia ventrolineata, Caenoplana coerulea, and Caenoplana bicolor from Australia (see Table 1 for authors of taxa and key references). All these species are conspicuous animals, several centimetres in length. Even larger are the species of Bipalium (and close genera), or ‘hammerhead flatworms’: these can be longer than 20 cm (Von Graff, 1899) and one species even attains a length of 1 m in elongated state (Kawakatsu, Makino & Shirasawa, 1982). In this paper, we focus on these giant species, and we report new findings obtained mainly by citizen science in metropolitan France and overseas French territories in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Saint Barthélemy), South America (French Guiana), and Indian Ocean (La Réunion, Mayotte). Five species were found, among which three can be attributed to known binomial taxa (Bipalium kewense, B. vagum, and Diversibipalium multilineatum) and two that are unnamed.
https://peerj.com/articles/4672/

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 29, 2018 9:27 am

It's France, so the question remains -- Are they good eatin'? :Hungry2:
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