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KEN: Le Survivant de l’Enfer (The French “Fist of the North Star”) Posted by on Jun 24, 2012

In the early 1990s, French teenagers did not exactly watch TV programs like “SpongeBob SquarePants” or “Hannah Montana”… The show you are about to discover today was then considered the ultimate dessin animé (cartoon) not to miss on French TV for the 12-year-old boys on Wednesday afternoons. And nevermind that the storyline featured some pretty violent…

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Euro 2012: Allez la France! Posted by on Jun 14, 2012

L’équipe de France boasts several reknown names: Ribéry, Benzema, Nasri, and others. Come meet the French squad of the Euro 2012, ahead of the crucial game coming up tomorrow: France vs. Ukraine! Gardien: Hugo LLORIS: First, meet le gardien de but (the goalkeeper) as well as le capitaine since almost two years now: Hugo Lloris. Nicknamed…

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Energy and Power Politics: The French vs. The German Model Posted by on May 25, 2012

Don’t bury Nicolas Sarkozy just yet! Now that François Hollande is French President, he will have to answer, sur le terrain (on the ground), to some of the tougher questions raised by his ex-rival Sarkozy during their Presidential debate. Let’s pick up from the portion of the debate where we left it last time. Hollande and…

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Hollande Vs. Sarkozy: Comics, Economics, and Freakonomics! (Part II) Posted by on May 4, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy is a man of contradictions: When a handful of delinquents welcomed him with rotten eggs at one of the Parisian banlieues, he didn’t hesitate to call them racailles (scum.) Yet he never shied away from using un langage de voyou (thuggish language) himself: To an old man who refused to shake his hand, he said “Casse-toi, pauv’ con” (“F***…

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Hollande Vs. Sarkozy: Comics, Economics, and Freakonomics! (Part I) Posted by on May 3, 2012

As you saw in yesterday’s “Hollande Vs. Sarkozy: Get in the Ring!“, the first round of the French Presidential Debate can be best described by the French motto of “pas de quartier” (“no pity”), especially after media reports quoted Sarkozy saying: “Je vais l’exploser” (“I’m gonna blow him up”)! Things heated up even more when it…

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Hollande Vs. Sarkozy: Get in the Ring! Posted by on May 2, 2012

Only three more days to go before we know the name of the leader of France for the next five years. The close interest paid to this year’s French Presidential Elections, pitting François Hollande vs. Nicolas Sarkozy, seems to go beyond the borders of l’Hexagone (as France is nicknamed, after its hexagonal shape.) Nearly 18 millions of French people were…

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