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French Tribute Song to Sarkozy’s Memorable “Casse-toi, Pauv’Con” Posted by on May 5, 2012

French singer Tum Sally insisted upon paying a vibrant tribute to Nicolas Sarkozy by immortalizing his now (in-)famous slur aimed at an old farmer who had the impudence of refusing to shake his hand: “Casse-toi, Pauv’Con” (“Get Lost, You Jerk”)! Tum Sally’s “Casse-toi, Pov’Con” (“Get Lost, You Jerk”) A bit of a strange name, “Tum…

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Conjugaison: The Verb Comprendre (To Understand) Posted by on May 4, 2011

“Je vous ai compris” (“I understood you”) is a famous political statement made in l’histoire de France. Its inherent semantic ambiguïté managed to buy some time for its inventor, le Général de Gaulle, in dealing with la guerre d’Algérie (the Algerian War), but somehow didn’t do much good, half a century later, to ex-presidents Ben Ali and Mubarak—A…

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Closing the Semaine: Jacques Brel with Zangra Posted by on Apr 4, 2011

Jacques Brel’s “Zangra” (compared in detail in a previous post with Gaddafi‘s “Zenga Zenga“) brings “la semaine Brel” to an official close! * * * JACQUES BREL — “ZANGRA” Je m’appelle Zangra et je suis lieutenant My name is Zangra and I am a lieutenant Au fort de Belonzio qui domine la plaine At the Belonzio…

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DÉGAGE! Le verbe dégager Posted by on Feb 25, 2011

Le monde arabe se soulève toujours ! (The Arab World still rises up!) “IR’HAL” (إرحــــــــــــــل) is actually the Arabic word for “dégage“, which means “get out” in French, and if you’ve payed attention, it was very often written as such, en français, in the massive demonstrations that still shake this strategic region of the world. After…

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