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Ooh-la-la!

A Times columnist's take on France24 and those silly French people:
Since, alongside the news , the new state-funded France 24 channel sees itself as an ambassador for the French "art de vivre" (French for "way of life") and for its "savoir faire" ("rural snail-tasting festivals"), the channel launched at 7.29 GMT yesterday evening -- presumably in order to allow staff and viewers to first knock back a couple of reviving Pernods after their return from the traditional Gallic post-work/pre-dinner bout of hanky-panky ("mouchoir-pouchoir").
That means that at the time of writing, we don't actually know what the opening headlines were. But we might guess they were something along the lines of, "Iraq, c'est encore un grand mess, n'est-ce pas?" (literally, "That George Bush is a dork, isn't he?"); And "L'Angleterre evidemment a une équipe de cricket qui joue comme un bunch de garçons de Nancy -- pas, obvieusement, notre Nancy en Lorraine!"); though maybe not, "Et maintenant, les actualités chaud directe de Rwanda ...").
France 24 is basically a TV channel for a nation that is annoyed that it has failed to persuade the rest of the world to speak French rather than English (apart from -- and this really embarrasses them -- the word gauche, which is the universally used term for "Donald Rumsfeld").
Aside: I wonder which variant of English France24 will use: whether it'll be broadcast in the Commonwealth English of their ancient adversaries and fellow EU members across la Manche, or the American English of their former revolutionary protegés and historical friends, recently seen eating Freedom Fries and putting "First Iraq, then France" bumper stickers on their Hummers.

There are 2 comments on "Ooh-la-la!":

Posted by: Fried Thu Dec 7 19:13:30 2006

And guess what ? In France, we're lucky enough to have two hundred TV channels from all around the world available through most providers DSL? But we won't have France 24 :-)

Fortunately, Dailymotion is an alternative :

http://www.dailymotion.com/THIERRY_HENRY_RBK/video/xomxw_thierry-henry-my-life

Posted by: Colin http://onepointzero.com/ Fri Dec 8 00:52:25 2006

The little I saw of it was in the Queen's English. It'll probably be like Al Jazeera's English version: full of defectors from UK networks.

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