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An interesting map of the "sites of power" in Paris:

https://i.imgur.com/8K3z7jO.png

The red dotted lines are the trajectories of "traditional" (read: police approved) protest marches, while the yellow/orange ones are those of the "yellow vests". :twisted:
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Fucking Frogs and their creepy anime,
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This is very NSFW. Just a warning.
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The Ugly, Illiberal, Anti-Semitic Heart of the Yellow Vest Movement
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France has an antisemitism problem? Will be news to captain Dreyfus!
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Chief Inspector!
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Former chief inspector Dreyfus!
- chief inspector clousseau
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From the UK yellow vests:

https://i.imgur.com/xG907yg.jpg
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They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
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Because they are annoying little shits who wear squeaky shoes!

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Anaxagoras wrote: Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:21 am They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
You're being Poe'd
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Anaxagoras wrote: Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:21 am They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
Aw, come on, Anax. The dude isn't very literate and just got for/against mixed up from his first or second point on. (Dunno if they are for or against Brexit.) Proofreading is something you have to learn. :mrgreen:

In France Macron wrote a letter to the YV. It must be so earth-shattering that journalists count the number of words it contains. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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A Novel Made for the “Yellow Vest” Moment

A review of "Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation"

Not yet available in English.
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The King is dead, long live the King!
Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris, has died at the age of 85

https://i.imgur.com/38lzvtU.png

Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris and Duke of France died Monday afternoon at the age of 85. The news was announced on Facebook by his son, Prince Jean, the Duke of Vendôme.

Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France was head of the House of Orléans, and was one of the pretenders to the defunct French crown as Henry VII. A descendant in the male-line of France’s “Citizen-King” Louis-Philippe d’Orléans (ruled 1830–1848), he is was recognised as the legitimate claimant to the throne by those French royalists, called Unionists. Henri d’Orléans was a former military officer as well as an author and painter.
http://royalcentral.co.uk/europe/breaki ... -85-114538

Died on the anniversary of Louis XVI's beheading. :mrgreen:
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Oui, ici:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Ch ... e_Napoléon
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https://i.imgur.com/sVg124A.jpg

Stairs of the "Conservatoire national des arts et métiers". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservat ... C3%A9tiers)
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The Treasure Behind the Wall

Something in the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris was not what it seemed.

https://i.imgur.com/R6RKlY5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/TYupFba.jpg
The story: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/fash ... -wall.html
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Inches my boy, inches
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Montand, bah! Wonder if you'll make something of these lyrics:



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Needs sound:

https://old.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... agnifique/

(Marseille)
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French post-searise humor:

https://i.imgur.com/RJWn7fy.jpg
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Two weeks ago:
VIDEO: Pitched battle between opposing 'yellow vests' in Lyon

Opposing groups of yellow vest protestors — believed to be from the far-right and from the far-left — locked in a face-to-face battle in Lyon on Saturday, judging by videos posted on social media.

The French internet publication Lies Breaker posted a video shot from above showing the two groups taunting each other, throwing bangers and other objects, and then joining together in conflict.

[…]

Some commentators on Twitter argued that it was inevitable that there would be fractures in the unlikely coalition that makes up the protest movement, which has the blessing of both Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party and Jean-Luc Mélénchon, leader of the far-left La France Insoumise movement.

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https://www.thelocal.fr/20190210/yellow ... er-in-lyon
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Feminine job titles get go-ahead in France
Decades after other French-speaking countries adopted feminine names for professions, the official guardians of the language in France have also backed the change.
The Académie française, whose members are known as "immortals", has said it has no obstacle in principle to such a "natural evolution" of French.
Feminine forms for jobs like prosecutor or firefighter are already often used.
But until recently the academy objected to such changes as "barbaric".
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Oh, so they caved in. Anyway, the Académie is now mostly filled with dimwits of tenuous literary background, being a retirement home for elderly and deserving politicians, artists, scientists, &c.

What the feminists want is "epicene" writing. Instead of "Les délégués ont reçu les représentants des ouvriers." (The delegates welcomed the representatives of the workers. – In (traditional) French the masculine is used when both genders are meant) you'd have to write:
"Les délégué·e·s ont reçu les représentant·e·s des ouvrier·ière·s."
with a special "median point".

A typographical and reading nightmare – already "recommended" for official documents in France & Switzerland.
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Witness wrote: Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:47 am Oh, so they caved in. Anyway, the Académie is now mostly filled with dimwits of tenuous literary background, being a retirement home for elderly and deserving politicians, artists, scientists, &c.

What the feminists want is "epicene" writing. Instead of "Les délégués ont reçu les représentants des ouvriers." (The delegates welcomed the representatives of the workers. – In (traditional) French the masculine is used when both genders are meant) you'd have to write:
"Les délégué·e·s ont reçu les représentant·e·s des ouvrier·ière·s."
with a special "median point".

A typographical and reading nightmare – already "recommended" for official documents in France & Switzerland.
From what I remember of the German I took in middle school, there were 3 genders for articles, der, die, and das, the last being gender-neutral. English of course has similar issues for feminists, but Japanese is a surprisingly genderless language. At least formal Japanese is. Tanaka-san could be a man or a woman. And there is no article, gendered or otherwise. Nouns for things have no gender implication.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:18 amNouns for things have no gender implication.
彼女か?

馬鹿。

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The noun for "girlfriend" has a gender implication. But that's inherent in the word itself.

I mean that things like chairs and tables and other objects don't have a gender, like in some European languages.

Help me out Witness?
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分かった。意地悪し。

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Anaxagoras wrote: Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:31 am The noun for "girlfriend" has a gender implication. But that's inherent in the word itself.

You are simply advertising your lack of Woke-ness :x :x :x
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Assigning a gender to an object is arbitrary (I vaguely remember some old joke about Latin mentula (dick) being feminine and cunnus masculine.)

In a way Froggies (or Krauts) have it easy thanks to the article which unambiguously tags the gender: le / la or un / une. It just sinks in when you learn to talk.
What clues did you native English speakers use?


It gets more hairy with things like country names:

https://i.imgur.com/udaN4HL.jpg

As you can see sometimes le / la is elided to l' (before a vowel), or it's a plural (les is used for both genders) or the country's name goes without an article. But all are (in French) either masculine or feminine:

https://i.imgur.com/XpQbZSr.png

(I'd love to see similar maps for English!)

A dude on Quora had this strong opinion about English country names, but I'm not really convinced:

https://i.imgur.com/BRUBSae.png

What do you think?


And, last but not least, gender assignments are often incoherent from one language to another (even staying inside the Indo-Germanic [or Indo-European :mrgreen: ] tribe):

Le soleil / la lune, but die Sonne / der Mond.
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Yeah, countries don't really have genders in English, and certainly not "he".

Sometimes you might refer to a country or a ship as "she," but that's just to be poetic or "la-dee-dah" as Abdul states. Or archaic. Maybe they did that more in the past.
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Arms trafficking group busted in southern France (3 middle-aged dudes). Customs found 130 arms, 770 kg ammunition.

https://i.imgur.com/8Nr5xYM.jpg
https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/04/une ... 049633.php (French, of course.)

Did ed vacation lately? :notsure:
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Now that's a baguette 🥖
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Witness wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:44 am Arms trafficking group busted in southern France (3 middle-aged dudes). Customs found 130 arms, 770 kg ammunition.

https://i.imgur.com/8Nr5xYM.jpg
https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/04/une ... 049633.php (French, of course.)

Did ed vacation lately? :notsure:
In florida that is known as "an ok start".
770kg of 5.56 nato = ~65,000 rounds. <yawn>

Europeans are so cute that they don't bear thinking about.
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ed wrote: Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:40 am In florida that is known as "an ok start".
770kg of 5.56 nato = ~65,000 rounds. <yawn>

Europeans are so cute that they don't bear thinking about.
Don't be too harsh, ed, they're trying: small amateurs, small means.



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Killer French farm chickens gang-up to kill fox that sneaked into henhouse

A fox in a henhouse got way more than it bargained for when a group of killer chickens turned the tables on their traditional foe and pecked it to death.

The henhouse was located at an agricultural school in France and the fox likely entered the coop at dusk last week and got trapped inside as hatch doors close when the sun goes down, AFP reported.

The body of the fox was discovered the following morning by students at Le Gros Chêne school in Brittany when making a routine check on the creatures.

“There, in the corner, we found this dead fox,” Pascal Daniel, the head of farming at the school, told AFP. “There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks.”
https://www.foxnews.com/world/killer-fr ... o-henhouse

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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:42 am For comparison, the real Napoleon's tomb.
Only as an afterthought: as you read (?) the Wiki page, you know that Les Invalides host three museums, two embassies (on the "Esplanade"), fifteen courtyards, the highest church in Paris and were commissioned in 1670. Long before the little corporal's fame and fall.
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:42 am I'm not quite getting what the joke is about the rejected design.
Apart from its pompous ugliness, look at the scale. That thing is (well, would have been) monstrous.



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Fairground workers riot in French city of Le Mans

Clashes have erupted at a protest by fairground workers in the French city of Le Mans, who are demanding the right to set up stall in the town centre.

Police pushed back hundreds of demonstrators as rioters targeted the city hall, where staff were evacuated. There are reports of injuries.

Rioters pushed a burning caravan at police who fired rubber pellet grenades into the crowd, French media say.

At one point protesters occupied the city's railway station.
[…]
Who are the fairground workers?

Known in French as forains, they travel from town to town providing street entertainment such as fairs and circuses, and are recognised as a profession, with trade union representation.

Some 35,000 families are said to be involved in the business across France.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47697439

https://i.imgur.com/CN3IHVX.jpg

Impressive Gothic cathedral in Le Mans. :)