Tag Archive: france

Nov 28 2008

Martine Aubry wins by a hair (or a whisker).


(This picture of Martine Aubry is from Liberation) We’ve been hearing the idiom ‘d’un cheveu’ in the French news lately, so I decided to translate Yvan Amar’s explanation of it from his Les Mots de la Semaine column on Radio France: In France they’ve been voting to elect the head of the Socialist Party. Of …

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Nov 11 2008

Will Royal face Sarkozy again in 2012?


I was interested to read in Liberation that Segolene Royal has won the Socialist Party’s endorsement of her policies. In the voting, Royal received 29%, with Aubry and Delanoe following with 25% each, and Hamon with 19%. Bertrand Delanoe, who has the support of Royal’s ex-partner Francois Hollande, is also mayor of Paris. I’ve always …

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Nov 05 2008

Bonjour Obama

I don’t think I know anyone who is not elated about Obama’s win. A friend and I watched the election results on his i-phone during an all-day meeting in Melbourne today and held our breath until the votes moved beyond the point of no return. Obama should, however, watch out for anyone phoning with a …

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Nov 02 2008

Next French president to be a communist?

Campaign poster, early 2007

(Phrase of the week: avoir le vent en poupe = to be on the road to success; literally ‘to have the wind in the stern’) Could the next FRENCH PRESIDENT be a communist? This might not be as far-fetched as it sounds, according to a report I’ve just read in Le Monde, headlined (and please …

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Oct 31 2008

Why I’m starting this blog…

Ile St-Louis from Quai de la Tournelle

Seven reasons why I’m starting a blog called ESCAPE TO PARIS… 1. Ever since I was a child, I have loved France, and especially Paris. Born in the UK, where I lived during my childhood, I always felt that I was growing up on the wrong side of the English Channel. 2. I also adore …

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