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Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:38 pm

...the most interesting part IMHO is the buffet at the Embassy Big grin

Enjoy the long WE !

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:40 pm

nothing wrong with a good buffet.

now that Les Miserables has closed, i can tolerate more things french these days...
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:33 pm

That must be tricky: tricouleurs flying aloft in a brisk balmy breeze in celebration of Bastille Day, while a lot of European countries have the national flags half mast and observe two minutes silence at 13:00 CET in remembrance of the 52 who lost their lives in London on the 7th July.

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:40 pm

The French have another holiday?
Well, there's a surprise.
Seriously, do they ever do any work at all?
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:20 pm

So which foreign army is marching this time in the big parade? A few years ago a Bundeswehr battalion was, as part of the French-German Eurocorps, included in the parade and this caused some discussions especially by older people, who still remembered the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs Elysees.
BTW, AFAIK, last year it was the British Royal Marines.

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:31 pm

Well this year, Brasil is "à l'honneur".
Lula is attending the ceremony, and brasilian troops took part to the "défilé"
Happy 14 Juillet !

Robert, this is our national day, so yes the flag isn't half mast, there's nothing shocking about it. Besides, the 2 minutes of silence will be or have been observed by the president, etc.
 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:33 pm

Ha... 14 Juillet, the joy of not working and doing nothing (well, next to nothing ;p )

Cheers,

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:46 pm

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 6):
Ha... 14 Juillet, the joy of not working and doing nothing (well, next to nothing ;p )

How is this different from any other day in France for the French workforce?
 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:33 pm

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 7):
How is this different from any other day in France for the French workforce?



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):
The French have another holiday?
Well, there's a surprise.
Seriously, do they ever do any work at all?

Yep, the same workforce that builds Renault, Peugeot and Citröen cars, build parts of Airbus' A/C, can still build nuclear aircraft carrier and SSNs and attack helicopters and fighters like Rafale and Tiger or the biggest cruise ship in the world, or have the second biggest mall brand in the world behind Wall-Mart, or is teaching the USA how to treat/recycle nuclear remains.

Yes, indeed, we are freaking lazy compare to the others, but at least we still manage to pull out some nice stuff.

Funny that comes from a Polish guy, however I have to nothing to say about the British, they are great and have the best naval force!
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:52 pm

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 7):

How is this different from any other day in France for the French workforce?

Not much different, except for the fact that you can do it at home... with somebody you don't usually see at 'work' (you know, the place we go to get paid to do nothing all day !!!)

Cheers,

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:10 pm

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 8):
the same workforce that builds Renault, Peugeot and Citröen cars, can still build nuclear aircraft carrier

Actually I wouldn't brag about those... it looks as if those in charge of the infamously reliable Renault cars built that carrier, too  mischievous   duck 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:25 pm

Happy Bastille Day from Britain to all our friends in France.















Both of them.  Wink
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:29 pm

Quoting Banco (Reply 11):
Both of them.

Who's the second one?????????
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:32 pm

Quoting Andreas (Reply 12):
Who's the second one?????????

Don't ask difficult questions.
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:37 pm

Wow. People seem to be taking this anniversary pretty casually, if not downright insultingly.

The French began their tortured road to liberty and freedom in this period and the fall of the Bastille is the biggest symbol of the fall of absolute monarchy in France. They had another century almost of experimenting to overcome the thousands of years of various types of tyranny by divine or military right, and would suffer more while figuring it out.

That said, the Bastille is more than just a place in France where you turn right to go to the Gare de Lyons. Its the fall of the King and the rise of the people. The times a King or a tyrant came back occured only with the consent/aquiesence of the people, and when they tired of that they moved forward with democracy.

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:42 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
People seem to be taking this anniversary pretty casually, if not downright insultingly.

Not at all. The French expect this, in fact they need it!! If the Brits and the Germans stopped insulting them, they'd be deeply worried...and we don't want to worry the French on their national holiday, now do we??  Wink
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:45 pm

Happy 14 juillet!

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 5):
Lula is attending the ceremony

I'd love to be Lula! He seems to be doing even less work than the French!  Wink
 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:55 pm

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 8):
the best naval force

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if supported as recently by the aircraft-carrier "G�n�ral Charles de Gaulle" !

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:58 pm

Happy Bastille Day to our friends in France!  bigthumbsup 


The RUSH song Bastille Day comes to mind.


OOOO-There's no bread, let them eat cake
There's no end to what they'll take
Flaunt the fruits of noble birth
Wash the salt into the earth

But they're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king will kneel, and let his kingdom rise

Bloodstained velvet, dirty lace
Naked fear on every face
See them bow their heads to die
As we would bow as they rode by

And we're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Sing, o choirs of cacophony
The king has kneeled, to let his kingdom rise.

Lessons taught but never learned
All around us anger burns
Guide the future by the past
Long ago the mould was cast

For they marched up to Bastille Day
La guillotine claimed her bloody prize
Hear the echoes of the centuries
Power isn't all that money buys
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:15 am

Tiens voila du boudin, voila du boudin, voila du boudin,
pour les Alsaciens les Suisses et les Lorrains,
pour les Belges y en a plus, pour les Belges y en a plus,
ce sont des tireurs au cul,
etc...


14 juillet greetings from a northern neighbour, the closest France ever had....since it gave you your name, your (early era) Kings...and even Johnny Halliday  Wink
 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:32 am

Riens pour les Belges...

I haven't heard the Boudin Song in a while..... why doesn't the Legion like the Belgians?

I'll bet there's a serious party in Corsica tonight.
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:44 am

La Legion loves the Belgians (there are quite a few at all times in fact, included in Corte).
The song refers to the "boudin", not the sausage but the sleeping roll that infantrists carried on their rucksack.
In 1870, trying to preserve some neutrality between our (in those times) irascible German and French neighbours, our King asked his subjects not to enrol in the Legion. Swiss, Lorrains and Alsacians joined the FL in numbers, thereby the song.
 
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:55 am

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:13 am

Bastille Day reminds me of driving in circles on the Bastille statue round-about at Place Bastille & port de l'Arsenal, after dropping Ian off at the train station this past June........ahhhh, what memories of scaring those French drivers with my runaway Opel Astra......
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:57 am

Iakobos...you take the fun out of most things when you explain them to me in this manner. I would have been perfectly happy to think they were discussing breakfast.  

I knew a Belge once who was a Legionnaire......he was not very amused by my question concerning boudin, but his squaddies were. Luckily he was not armed....

Aerobalance did set a land speed record for Sunday morning on Blvd St Germain! Thanks for the ride dude!  

[Edited 2005-07-14 19:58:21]
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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:58 am

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 5):
Robert, this is our national day, so yes the flag isn't half mast, there's nothing shocking about it. Besides, the 2 minutes of silence will be or have been observed by the president, etc.

"Shocking"? Your word, not mine. My post (reply 2) was a very neutral observation, nothing more, nothing less.

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:15 am

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 7):
How is this different from any other day in France for the French workforce?

Um, it is a day off?

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 9):
Not much different, except for the fact that you can do it at home... with somebody you don't usually see at 'work' (you know, the place we go to get paid to do nothing all day !!!)

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RE: Happy Bastille Day!

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:33 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 24):
I would have been perfectly happy to think they were discussing breakfast.

They do, they do.
The thing is, to piss the Belgians off, the other elements never tell them the true meaning of the song.
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