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  • NEWS FROM FRANCE IN ENGLISH

    A thread to share all sorts of things from my country.

    Firstly for those who travel in France between Marsh and september, the program of exhibitions in Paris for this period.
    http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-f...september-2015

  • #2
    The Airbus crash in French Alps

    http://www.france24.com/en/20150325-...h-alps-rescue/

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    • #3
      So now we are in for another feeding frenzy by the media: was the pilot suicidal, terrorists must have somehow done it, hi-jacked by Putin, Obama, Angela Merkele, Aliens, or... (take your pick)
      Not to mention how many grieving relatives they can stick their cameras into the face of.
      One good thing may be that there will be fewer here in Singapore to chase up either crying or looking for complaining Singaporeans.

      But seriously, what is happening, where three planes get into trouble in mid-flight in one year??? Most accidents happen and take-off and landing.

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      • nari
        nari commented
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        On our local news here, someone from Civil Aviation was saying that these incidents are worrying because of the freakish circumstances; planes do not "fall out of the sky" anymore and now we have experienced three in a short period of time.
        Something is going wrong with technology? or emotional stress on the part of the pilot/s.
        Or both?

      • ombugge
        ombugge commented
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        New York Times reports that one of the Pilots were locked out of the Co*kpit: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/wo...=top-news&_r=0
        Here we go again.

        Unfortunately it is a fact that the co*kpit doors on all planes are now designed so they cannot be opened from the outside. There have been several cases where the co-pilot had to land the plane because the door could not be opened at all. Security win over safety every time.

        Time to look at things with new eyes, incl. the "black box" design??

    • #4
      Paris museums move to ban selfie sticks.......and I agree.
      http://www.france24.com/en/20150309-...ailles-louvre/

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      • #5
        Strike at Radio France.
        I will not comment about the relevance of this strike but since ten days I have to experiment with private radios.A nd you know what?It is simply awful!
        http://www.france24.com/en/20150327-...labour-strike/

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        • #6
          I hesitate to recommend BBC Radio, Yves!
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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          • yvneac
            yvneac commented
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            Thank you for the tip Ivy.I'll try to find it on the band

          • wherrygirl
            wherrygirl commented
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            That's funny, I'm sure I added another comment to Yves this morning - it's not there. Will try again. It was about Melvyn Bragg's discussion programme that I mentioned as being a pleasure to listen to. It is on 8.00 a.m. GMT every Thursday, and is repeated again the same evening, about 8 or 8.30 GMT.
            The reason I have just looked again is that I realised I had given the British Summer Time instead of GMT!

          • yvneac
            yvneac commented
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            Thursday morning is usely busy.So I'll try to get time for the evening session.

        • #7
          Former director of TF1,French commercial TV said:

          "There are many ways to talk about television. But in a "business" perspective , let's be realistic : basically , TF1's job is to help Coca -Cola , for example, to sell its product (...) .

          Or for an advertisement to be perceived, it is necessary that the brain of the viewer is available. Our programs are designed to make it available : that is to say, to entertain , to relax it to prepare it between two messages. What we sell to Coca- Cola is available human brain time (...)"

          A poet!

          Needless to say I refuse to watch this channel.

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          • #8
            It makes me think about what Georges Clémenceau said:
            "Two things are useless:the prostate and the Senate"

            http://www.france24.com/en/20150331-...verturns-bill/

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              In Norway they do just that, fine the clients.

          • #9
            Trees are not serial killers.
            Drive slowly or go by train!
            http://www.thelocal.fr/20150407/are-...t-for-the-chop

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            • nari
              nari commented
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              South of where I live is a long straight road leading to a small rural town. It is lined with Lombardy poplars in good shape despite our hot summers. Because there were three accidents along the road in a year causing serious injury the council wanted all the trees removed. The townsfolk must have threatened the council in some way as they are still standing over 2 years later. Knee jerk reactions can often rule our lives.

            • wherrygirl
              wherrygirl commented
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              That reminds me of the time when the Norwich City Council wanted to remove the beautiful chestnut trees (a lovely sight when the "candles" of blossom are out) just because the conkers might represent a danger to adults and children. Kids throw sticks up into the trees to bring down the conkers and the sticks might cause injury to each other or the conkers fall upon them and hurt them. or they get run over in the road because they don't watch where they are. Further, the mess the conkers make on the pavements by people crushing them as they walk along, might cause others to slip, etc. etc. etc.
              I don't know what the outcome was.
              For anyone unaware of the game, the conker is a large, round, rich brown, very hard fruit and the idea is to find the biggest, hardest specimen, thread it on a string then go round holding contests to bash each other's conker to bits and see who has the hardest one. The WA equivalent to the conker is the honky nut, fruit of the Marri tree. I don't know whether you know it, Nari.

          • #10
            It is not the end of the polemic I guess.
            One thing though. The argument about a supposed “cultural arrogance” (French or not) is a misinterpretation. Nothing to see with a stigmatization about a social minority.
            The debate is a philosophical one. It is the opposition between a system of thought based on the Reason and another one in which the beliefs are dominant. To cut a long story short, between empiricism and determinism.
            The protest against Pen’'s decision is admissible in many ways but certainly not in that one.

            http://www.france24.com/en/20150502-...-prize-protest

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            • #11
              The Lumière brothers and the begenning of cinema.
              Interresting exhibition in Paris.
              http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-f...origins-cinema

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              • #12
                NSA spied on top French companies.
                http://www.france24.com/en/20150630-...ench-companies

                ....glad to hear we still have an economy!

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                • #13
                  Not good on the short-sea crossings at the moment (sorry the first one is news about France and England in English, the second is in French!).

                  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-33340850

                  and

                  http://www.nordlittoral.fr/accueil/m...s-ia0b0n222331
                  Cheers,

                  Mark.

                  www.pologlover.co.uk

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                  • #14
                    A short list of Brandon Johnson's favorite French funny words
                    http://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/fa...fr_frenchwords

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                    • #15
                      Rimbaud, l'homme aux semelles de vent (the man with soles made of wind)

                      http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/201...-his-home-town

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