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Bringing Frenchie Back, Part Trois

I couldn’t have put it better myself.


May 8, 2007 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Bringing Frenchie Back, Part Deux

I’ve been bemusedly watching the French election process in recent weeks; I’ve been watching in your stead, dear readers, since I am sure you have been too busy to follow, to know which 2 politicos have advanced to the second round of voting (yes, there are two rounds). I don’t really like either of them – ni l’un ni l’autre is a true statesman, gender aside.

I’ve been a big (esoteric) fan of Jose Bove since I first came to France. I was especially entertained with his campaign against the mal bouffe (junk food) and the siege of a McDonalds restaurant (can I call it that?). But really, he is no big player on the political scene, more of a cultural icon, or touch point. I appreciate that he lived in Berkeley, CA.

Now as M. Chirac prepares to leave the political scene in France, with all arrondissements in Paris calling for “Reform!” from every romantic roof top or chambre de bonne, I don’t think we recognize the political vaccuum that he leaves behind. Sure, sure, there was wide spread corruption…*cough* Mayor Daley *cough cough*…and some unrequited grievances from France’s minorities…*cough* wall between US and Mexico? *cough*…but was Chirac as bad as people say??

How do you feel about this: French infants have a better chance of survival than American ones. The French live longer than Americans and they live healthier (at far lower cost). They are better educated and have first-rate public transportation. The gap between rich and poor is narrower than in the United States or Britain, and there are fewer poor people. (source)

NYU director, Tony Judt, goes on to say that conscious of Europe’s links to the Muslim world — and the cost of rebuffing and humiliating Islam’s only secular democracy — Mr. Chirac has steadfastly supported Turkish admission to the European Union, an unpopular stance among his conservative constituents.

Just go on, read the article from the New York Times, we’ll discuss it over a plate of warm crepes at my house!

May 1, 2007 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Bringing Frenchie Back

Anyone who knows me well is very aware that 90% of my stories start off with: “One time, in France…” So, yeah, I lived there for quite some time and I am every bit the Francophile. And as such, have taken some lumps over the years due to the American way: complete and utter refusal to dare to like the French. Perhaps to do so might project: 1) an obscure approval of socialism, 2) intellectual snobbery, 3) good taste, or 4) healthy understanding of the “au contraire” – none of which are regular flavors on an American palate.

Many Americans propagate stereotypes of the French that were developed during WWI, you know, the very early XXth century, when most of Europe was at war…tough times. To say the French don’t bathe, well, frankly, I’ve met plenty of Americans who don’t either. It is just an ignorant thing to say. Another thing I love to rant about is the rampant Northeast Superiority Complex (NESC)…like NO ONE ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE (outside of New England) can release glutamate at a synapse that binds to NMDA receptors on the surface of the “listening” neuron (read: think). So you can imagine my reaction to this perfect storm of NESC and pure bigotry towards the French…

Basically, this douche from Boston says:

“Yes, the French may be many things — arrogant, supercilious, self-righteous. They may use too much cream in their cooking, not bathe frequently enough, and insist on their narcissistic notion that, Civilization — il est France. But on Iraq, they were right. Pure and simple.”

Ok, by even saying any of that, he not only shows terminal signs of NESC, but also illustrates just how self-righteous he is. Hilarious. Hypocrites are like vampires, they can never see themselves in the mirror, how hideous they are. I am pretty sure that if we asked Wiktionary it would say that is racism. I mean, if Ted Reinstein got on the news and said that Mexicans do not bathe frequently and use too much spice in their cooking YOU KNOW latino organizations would be on him like white on rice and he could say Adios! to his paycheck.

So I am on a personal quest to do like Mr. Timberlake and bring the Frenchie back…

March 28, 2007 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

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