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Will the French Vote for a Trump Equivalent? One week to the answer.

The tension is growing in pre-election France.  Stephen “Etienne” Roop, a political scientist, expert in polling, tries to enlighten us here. Subject: One week out, is the French first round turning into a photo finish? The French media are breathless … Continue reading

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Explaining the intricacies of France’s coming presidential election

Here is the latest on the French elections from our French politics expert, Stephen “Etienne” Roop. Les présidentielles 2017                    posted: April 2, 2017 The first round of France’s two-round presidential election takes … Continue reading

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Liberty and my French friends grieve for us !

My French friends seem almost as upset as we are at the idea that Trump could – will! – be the President of the United States. That somehow calms me, knowing we have their support. Here are some of them: … Continue reading

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Chapeau! = Bravo, Mark!

Michel says: October 2, 2016 at 10:32 am On a besoin de chapeaux chics. Susan réagit: Michel demande des chapeaux chics. Alors, Mark voyage à Paris pour nous les acheter. Et nous voilà !   Chapeau !

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A new French trendy adjective

A new word is trending in France: ‘bisounours.’ The first few times I heard it, I couldn’t imagine what it could mean and wasn’t sure I’d heard correctly. Eventually, I looked it up under a spelling I imagined and found it as a … Continue reading

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They caught the last terrorist!

Ils l’ont eu  vivant – finally! We won’t have to wait any longer for that shoe to drop. Some tension will be lessened. But there are so many other shoes around the world! (This refers to Salah Abdeslam, the final … Continue reading

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Spelling Changes – Helping or Harming?

The French are arguing again, 26 years later, over recommended spelling changes to their language. I remember agonizing over them when I was working on French textbooks at a publishing company back then. We ended up not changing our spelling, … Continue reading

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