France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train – Washington Post

August 22, 2015 by  
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France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train
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PARIS — A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before two American passengers subdued him, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern …
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Beautiful French Politician’s Fetallio Slip Of The Tongue

September 27, 2010 by  
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“France’s former justice minister Rachida Dati explained Monday that she was simply speaking too fast when, in a slip of the tongue that became an Internet hit, she confused fellatio with inflation.

“I just spoke too quickly but, well, if that lets everybody have a laugh, then that’s fine,” she said in a radio interview, while herself laughing heartily at the mistake she made a day earlier on Canal Plus television.

AFP

Rachida’s slip of the tongue won’t hurt her politically, people like a politician who is able to laugh at herself.

It doesn’t hurt that Rachida is drop-dead gorgeous, thinking of fellatio and Rachida will only improve her personal approval ratings.

Fellatio causes inflation of a specific organ, it’s easy to understand her faux pas.

Paris Launches Smile Campaign To Lure Tourists. Good Luck With That!

July 16, 2009 by  
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“Faced with a fall in tourist numbers due to the financial crisis and a reputation for unfriendliness, the Paris tourist board has made a simple request of the city’s residents: smile.

Visitors to Paris, the world’s most visited city, have fallen 17 percent since January compared with the same period in 2008, official figures show.
To counter the slump and boost revenues, the tourist board has set up stands manned by teams of “smile ambassadors” to welcome holiday-makers at the city’s most popular spots.”

Reuters

Trying to make the French seem polite and hospitable is an exercise in futility, they have a well earned reputation for being surly and rude.

Tourists flood Paris for the world class restaurants, remarkable museums and historical buildings, and not because the French are so chummy. We expect snow in Siberia, sunny weather in Hawaii, and rude folks in France.

Tourism has fallen off in Paris due to the global economic crisis, not because people  have suddenly realized that the French are snobs.

You can coerce a serial killer to smile, but I still won’t approach him. You can cajole a French person to smile, but I’d rather walk on hot coals than shoot the breeze with him.