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Friday 24 March 2006

Zut alors! Il parle en anglais; la France ne l'accepte pas!

And with that (or thoughts analogous to it) Monsieur le President de la Republique Francaise Jacques Chirac withdraws (or 'storms') from an EU summit meeting!

The incident happened when Monsieur Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, the French president of the employers' association UNICE, chose to address the meeting in English, stating that English was the working language of that session and the accepted business language of Europe. Anyway, Monsieur Chirac wasn't having any of it and flounced out, accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy and his Finance Minister. Thierry Breton.

C'est avec le plus grand respect, Monsieur le President, que je vous nomme 'cretin', 'cornichon' et 'nigaudinos'.
(It is with the utmost respect, Mr President, that I name you 'hopeless fool', 'berk' and 'booby'.)

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