Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Zadig et Voltaire", "Gode de Bonne Pratiques"

Gaffes here and here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obsessing about a slip of the tongue over novels? This is French nombrilism, smug superiority and elitism at its' very worst. 
With domestic chaos, economic strife, looming fascism, and international conflict involving France, how ridiculous is this?

- Charles

Anonymous said...

The Zadig et Voltaire story makes for easy puns. Confusing a high-end clothesline and a classical novel is just plain funny. It's not as if he'd been asked what Voltaire wrote or about classical lit, he was asked about his favorite book. A man who can't think of a single book title and is in charge of a country's decisions for trade and such, I'm sorry, it's not elitism. He could have said "Tintin" or Stephen King or "where 's my cheese?". He tried to show off and fell on his face. It's like an American politician trying to sound smart and sophisticated (hm, yeah, these days it'd count against him/her!) when asked what his/her favorite film is, and instead of saying "ET" or "Indiana Jones" decides to go for "La Dolce Gabbana"...

Anonymous said...

Readings:
http://lewesternculturel.blogs.courrierinternational.com/archive/2011/03/11/off-de-nicolas-domenach-et-maurice-szafran.html

and

http://lewesternculturel.blogs.courrierinternational.com/archive/2011/04/09/m-le-president-de-franz-olivier-giesbert.html

Anonymous said...

Next book will be :

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