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Posted: 10/7/2004 9:09:05 PM EST
Chirac lashes out against US cultural domination

Thu Oct 07 2004 21:37:42 ET

French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.

Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity.

The outspoken French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by US values.

This, he said, would lead to a "general world sub-culture" based around the English language, which would be "a real ecological catastrophe".

Citing Hollywood's stranglehold over the film industry as an example, Chirac stressed that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.

Vietnam is a former French colony, but only around 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among businessmen.



The French just can't get anymore anti-American than this without declaring war...
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 9:11:52 PM EST
The french.
Proud to be irrelevant for over 180 years!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 9:22:47 PM EST
The french are INSANE about protecting their culture and language from "contamination".

They've ruled that you can't use common tech terms like "e-mail" because they're english, they've made up french names for them. They won't let business owners put up non-french signage on their shops (this in Quebec IIRC).

I guess the fact that Americans DO NOT march into a nation and demand that they "become American" has not registered with you. Almost every country and culture that I can think of willingly adopts our way of life and outlook when given a free choice.

If we're so Goddamned awful then why are we FLOODED with MILLIONS of people here illegally? Look around M. Chirac. You'll notice that your nation is on the verge of tipping into muslim insanity. 10 years from now your precious french culture is going to be swept away under Shari`ah law imposed by those that you've allowed to infest your nation.

STFU when it comes to American influence, you've got MUCH bigger problems to worry about.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 9:26:57 PM EST
I'm going to use post # 2000 to say:

Fuck the French



That's all, carry on.


- BG
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 10:05:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
Chirac lashes out against US cultural domination

Thu Oct 07 2004 21:37:42 ET

French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.

Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity.

The outspoken French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by US values.

This, he said, would lead to a "general world sub-culture" based around the English language, which would be "a real ecological catastrophe".

Citing Hollywood's stranglehold over the film industry as an example, Chirac stressed that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.

Vietnam is a former French colony, but only around 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among businessmen.



The French just can't get anymore anti-American than this without declaring war...



Take note, froggies...

This is what happens when you actually WIN your wars...

You might want to try it some day, winning is FUN!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 10:08:17 PM EST
Fuck you, Chirac. And your little poodle fuck-toy, too.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 11:38:46 PM EST
He bitches about our cultural domination yet says nothing in German.

Strange.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 11:40:44 PM EST
Tell 'em to surrender or my Son's boyscout troop will kick France's ass...
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 11:43:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By _Ugly_:
He bitches about our cultural domination yet says nothing in German.

Strange.


+1

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 11:44:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By Airwolf:
They've ruled that you can't use common tech terms like "e-mail" because they're english, they've made up french names for them.


This is not bullshit either. They actually have a government agency who's job it is is to come up with French words for common English ones. I don't remember the details, but I think they formed it in the 1970s or 1980s in response to the word weekend.

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 11:56:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 11:57:16 PM EST by smokycity]
Let's see, Chirac is making this statement in Hanoi. A former french colony. A county, that they (the french) bailed out on and we (the American's) sent 58,000 of our young men to die. And he is unhappy that they no longer speak french. Excuse me but what have the french contibuted to the world beside's rude waiters, crappy wine, and people who don't know what a bar of soap is?
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 12:01:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By _Ugly_:
He bitches about our cultural domination yet says nothing in German.

Strange.


Sonuvabeeotch, you are fricken on the money with this one.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 12:37:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 12:37:57 AM EST by headpulper]
[Monty Python Quest for the Holy Grail] "I fart in your general direction!"[Monty Python Quest for the Holy Grail]
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 12:48:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By smokycity:
Let's see, Chirac is making this statement in Hanoi. A former french colony. A county, that they (the french) bailed out on and we (the American's) sent 58,000 of our young men to die. And he is unhappy that they no longer speak french. Excuse me but what have the french contibuted to the world beside's rude waiters, crappy wine, and people who don't know what a bar of soap is?



+1 Well said
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 1:00:00 AM EST
Chitrac is very much stuck in the past.

Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:07:08 AM EST
Our culture is the one that is danger because of the influx of illegal Mexicans from the south and Euroweenies who are spreading socialism faster than the plague.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:08:55 AM EST
[Samuel L. Jackson] Fuck that motherfucker! [/Samuel L. Jackson]
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:46:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

If we're so Goddamned awful then why are we FLOODED with MILLIONS of people here illegally? Look around M. Chirac. You'll notice that your nation is on the verge of tipping into muslim insanity. 10 years from now your precious french culture is going to be swept away under Shari`ah law imposed by those that you've allowed to infest your nation.

STFU when it comes to American influence, you've got MUCH bigger problems to worry about.



+1,000,000
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:54:02 AM EST
Mon Dieu! Don't be too hard on le Monsieur Chirac, he's out a ton of argent since he lost all the bribes Saddam was paying him. Probably made more from that then his actual salary...

Hope my use of la francais is in accordance with all applicable international standards.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:55:24 AM EST
i agree with him on this. listen to what he's saying, despite the fact that the frenchie fag chirac is saying it he is kind of right. it would be drab dreary world if the entire planet was enveloped in American disposable consumerism. hell i live here and im dusgusted with it. thats one of the things that makes international travel so interesting. imagine visiting the swiss alps and instead of farmers with crude implements and women who look like cocoa box models you went over there to find strip malls, fast food and fubu. the idea of "McWorld" disgusts me.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:00:04 AM EST
France, making the world comfy for non-competitive cultures, one smelly, arrogant person at a time.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:01:47 AM EST
Phuque Shee-Rock!!!.........
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:03:24 AM EST
Funny, seems as if the US has far more cultural diversity than France
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:04:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
Chirac lashes out against US cultural domination

Thu Oct 07 2004 21:37:42 ET

French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.

Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity.

The outspoken French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by US values.

This, he said, would lead to a "general world sub-culture" based around the English language, which would be "a real ecological catastrophe".

Citing Hollywood's stranglehold over the film industry as an example, Chirac stressed that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.

Vietnam is a former French colony, but only around 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among businessmen.



The French just can't get anymore anti-American than this without declaring war...



What does he want us to do? Make our women not shave their pits or legs?


And what does the English language (Engrish since I work with a bunch of people from Singapore) have to do with any supposed ecological catastrophe? The enviromentalist nuts and hippie tree huggers and PETA (making the assumption that Chirac thinks these people will not cause an ecological catastrophe) in this country speak English.

Chirac=><=Me
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