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A nice article indeed, and here a very nice excerpt from it:

"Ferdinand parle couramment [l'allemand], qu'il avait commencé à apprendre avant 1914. "Ce peuple m'a toujours intéressé. Ce que je préfère chez les Allemands ? Les Allemandes... L'amitié entre nos deux pays, l'Europe sont la plus belle chose du XXe siècle avec le jour où l'homme a marché sur la Lune."

Sorry for the not francophone crowd, no time for the translation rigth now.

For leaders going through the war: one of the few positive side of Chirac is that he went the real thing during the Algeria war all the hard way. And it seems that he learnt from it. A pity Bush didn't had the same moral compass...

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.

by lacordaire on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:32:13 AM EST
Ferdinand parle couramment [l'allemand], qu'il avait commencé à apprendre avant 1914. "Ce peuple m'a toujours intéressé. Ce que je préfère chez les Allemands ? Les Allemandes... L'amitié entre nos deux pays, l'Europe sont la plus belle chose du XXe siècle avec le jour où l'homme a marché sur la Lune.
Ferdinand is fluent [in German], which he had started to learn before 1914. "This people has always interested me. What I prefer about Germans? Germans... The friendship between our two countries, Europe are the most beautiful thing from the 20th century with the day man walked on the Moon.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:42:18 AM EST
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Correction: "what I prefer about Germans: German women"

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:47:19 AM EST
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Ha, ha, my French really need brushing up after all these years.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:54:28 AM EST
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