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Meet the Craziest French Prankster On the Planet Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you must have seen or heard of the hilariously crazy French phénomène calledRÉMI GAILLARD… If not, then my friends, il est grand temps (it’s high time) for you to discover him!

How does one get to introduce a character like that?

Maybe since the last Coupe du Monde (World Cup) was such a fiasco for the French (among other teams), let us begin with his stunning footballistique skills!

You will see him in action in the video below, and wonder how come the French coach of the time, Raymond Domenech, never bothered to ask him to join the ranks of les Bleus squad in the South African Mondial

At this point, ask anyone you want, it is completely safe to say that Rémi Gaillard is without any doubt the most famous and funniest prankster in France today!

You may wonder, how was he able to achieve this exploit?

In other words, how did it he pull it off?

Unlike so many other figures marquantes who came to national and even international prominence thanks to their behind-the-scenes “connections” with the world of le show business, Rémi was able to do it all by himself, and only by himself: It’s a well known fact that he’s a 100% self-made man, and doesn’t owe the “star makers” TF1M6, or anyone else anything whatsoever!

While his motto is ostensibly simple, it hints at a certain sarcastic undertone, en filigrane (implicitely, that is), mostly aimed towards the mainstream media:

“C’est en faisant n’importe quoi qu’on devient n’importe qui”translated in English by him as: “It’s by doing whatever that you become whoever“!

His many other hidden talents include a remarkable flair for déjouer (eluding) the security measures surrounding major events—especially sports events.

Asked about that several times, Rémi explained that instead of devising complex elaborate infiltration plans, it’s often enough to act très naturellement and just… “walk in”, comme si de rien n’était (like there was nothing wrong with that)!

In this video, you can see him crashing the final match of the 2002 Coupe de Francedéguisé (disguised) as one of the football players who won the championship of that year!

He even managed to shake hands with then President Jacques Chirac, who apparently told him:Vous avez très bien joué!” (“You played very well!”)

Also très amustanteor “énorme“, is this one time when he crashed the Ligue Mondiale de Volley-ballwhich is pretty much like the “World Cup of Volley-ball”…

Guess who was able to appear “live” on the Eurosport channel, standing next to the French players and singing à tue-tête (at the top of his lungs) the French national hymn, la Marseillaise” !

Finally, whoever said that one needed to boast a musculature (muscle structure) of, say, a Governor of California, in order to take part in the highly competitive tournament of Mister Universe?

I actually don’t know, but ask  he’ll definitely tell you how!

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