Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cosmétovigilance

Amateurs of neologism will find this sentence delectable:
le système de cosmétovigilance mis en place en 2004 rapporte 8 déclarations d’effets indésirables survenus avec des tatouages éphémères à base de henné en 2004, 9 en 2005 et 16 en 2006.


It seems that a chemical has been added to some henna dyes used for temporary summer tatoos and that some people are allergic to it. Hence the need for cosmétovigilance. This is not a French version of Reagan's Star Wars, which exhorted the U.S. to cosmovigilance. In this era of dégraissage de l'administration, it's good to know that there's still room in the budget for les cosmétovigiles. Knowledge of this foresighted staffing may reduce the volume of the howls when the public learns that although thousands of schoolteachers have to go, the president appears to be in the process of acquiring a personal Airbus.


5 comments:

TexExile said...

Might one not argue that any investment that encourages Sarko to spend more time abroad will pay dividends in the form of improved (or, at any rate, less disrupted) governance at home? Perhaps people should be pressing the government to buy a presidential yacht, as well...

Unknown said...

Ah, but the carbon footprint ...

Leo said...

The blog you pointed to has an excellent naming suggestion for this bird:

"Air Farce One"

TexExile said...

Good point about the carbon footprint. Perhaps a sailing vessel and a balloon instead of a motor yacht and a new airplane...

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