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The things they say - French Presidential candidates

Care of www.programme-presidentiel.com, translated by YT with a verisimilitude check by a genuine Frenchman:

It is not by strolling around and stroking cows’ backsides that one defends agriculture - An earthy José Bové

They will cast any stone, they shake, they multiply charges, they put committees in place charged to supervise me, to target me, to track me and will say who knows what about me. A deeply paranoid Bayrou.

My ideas have not grown old - Trotskyite Arlette Laguiller

If I could be reincarnated, it would be as a duck - Frédéric Nihous of the Huntin', Shootin' and Fishin' Party

So it is extremist to defend the villages and to defend public services against a European Union which has decided on privatization? Trotskyite eurosceptic Gérard Schivardi

If all the cuckolds in France voted for me, obviously one day I will lead the Republic. Le Pen appealing to the 'real man' vote.

I will speak of neither the bombs nor the fires, I will speak only of the Corsica which works. Sego.

One will not convince the electorate with ‘United Colours of Benetton’ type slogans. Revolutionary Communist (and postie) Olivier Besancenot

In France, it is not the balls they cut off, but the head. Sarko

Full blown ecologism by keeping a hand on the shoulder of the state, and the chemical and car lobbies. Tree-hugger Dominique Voynet

The wolf befriends workers, the better to eat them. Less than trusting Communist Marie-George Buffet. No relation to Warren....

An effective fight against the takeover of suburbs by the bearded ones. Philippe De Villiers

Meanwhile, over at the Sego site, someone has suggested dropping religious bank holidays in favour of Republican / Euro ones....


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Anonymous ce mec-ci said... 5:16 pm

Very interesting, O forbidden one, but in the Bayrou one, what do they shake? Or are "they" trembling?  

Anonymous nick drew said... 5:18 pm

If I could be reincarnated, it would be as a duck

enchaîné ?  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 7:57 am

I reckon if you followed the arc of Peter Hain's illustrious career he would have said all of these quotes himself at different times...  

Blogger kinglear said... 10:00 am

The French, of course, have a more intellectual political life than we do. I recently heard the leader of the French equivalent of the Red Arrows ( Quote - we fly planes spectacularly) La Patrouille de France or French Patrol, respond to the question " What is La Patrouille de France"
" Eh Bien," he started," La Patrouille de France is an expression of France and the French, with a passion for excellence and belief. We are connected to our brothers..." I won't go on but you get the idea. It was immensely impressive, particularly in French, and delivered with great emphais and force.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:17 am

As I hope is clear, I am enormously fond of France and the French, even if they are often infuriating.

That public figures can draw on high culture and abstract ideas without being exiled to the equivalent of Pseuds' Corner is something I envy them for.  

Blogger dearieme said... 9:14 am

I attended a French-refresher night class in Edinburgh, stuffed to the gills with that city's Haute Bourgoisie and University types. The m'mselle took it into her head to explain the French love of philosophy and its application to society, confident that she would not be subjected to the ignorant, unintelligent derision that such a discussion would engender in England. Quite right. She was subjected to a well-informed, intelligent derision that forcefully pointed out that someone who knew nothing of the writings of Ferguson, Smith and Hume was far too ignorant to be entitled to chatter about philosophy and society. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  

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