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Postby RugbyD » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:40 am

Amazinz wrote:I think it's more about disliking the French government than disliking French people perse.

But anyway, did anyone actually read this? Or maybe I'm reading it backwards but I don't think they are preventing media coverage of violence. Although their decision in light of Rodney King-like incidents has some scary implications.

they outlaw coverage by anyone not approved by the govt as a journalist (read: whoever the hell they want). as i read it, joe schmoe is not allowed to videotape or photograph violent acts and nobody but govt-approved people are allowed to post any pictures of such acts on the www.
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Postby knapplc » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:48 am

The point I was making is that I really, really disliked the French too. Then I went to France and actually met some French people. The people are cool. The people like Americans. The people are a lot like us. They have some weird ideas but then so do people in New England as far as I'm concerned. They think I have weird ideas too. :-b It all works out.

I'm just saying that you shouldn't throw all Frenchmen out with the bathwater because they have a weird form of government. Overall the French are great people.

And all things considered, as good as French wine is, I'll take California wine over French any day. We make some pretty good stuff here in the States. ;-D
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Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:09 am

RugbyD wrote:they outlaw coverage by anyone not approved by the govt as a journalist.


And right now in the US a guy from San Francisco has been in jail since August because the government doesn't approve of him as a journalist. I'm as outraged over this as the next guy, but why be mad when it happens in France and not care if it happens here?
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:12 am

Are you talking about the guy with the videotape? Or a different story?
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Postby Mugrila » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:36 am

knapplc wrote:And all things considered, as good as French wine is, I'll take Virginia wine over French any day. We make some pretty good stuff here in the States. ;-D



There we go. ;-D ;-)
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:52 am

knapplc wrote:The point I was making is that I really, really disliked the French too. Then I went to France and actually met some French people. The people are cool. The people like Americans. The people are a lot like us. They have some weird ideas but then so do people in New England as far as I'm concerned. They think I have weird ideas too. :-b It all works out.

I'm just saying that you shouldn't throw all Frenchmen out with the bathwater because they have a weird form of government. Overall the French are great people.

And all things considered, as good as French wine is, I'll take California wine over French any day. We make some pretty good stuff here in the States. ;-D


I studied abroad in France and my ex is French. Definitely not as bad as the generic perception we have of them here on this side of the pond (or even in England and in Spain for that matter). However, people in Paris or the real snobbish ones down on the Cote d'Azur fit more of your stereotypical French person who thinks the world revolves around French culture and way of life. What I've found is that French just like to poke fun at American lifestyle for being too hectic for their own liking.

At any rate, it's interesting as to why the French government would put in place a ban on citizen reporting on violence, but I guess that's what happens when you have a culture that doesn't mind porn on mainstream TV...but can be quite put off even by a little entertainment violence.
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Postby Half Massed » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:05 am

JTWood wrote:Seriously, does anyone in this country like France? Does anyone here care that they don't like us? Why aren't we at war with them? It certainly would have been over long ago, and we'd have good, cheap wine to go with our really tall paper skewer to put on the desk.


War with the French? That would last as long as the Royal's chance of getting to playoffs this year. The white flag would be up before our planes got there.

Ah, I just can't help taking shots at the French, it's too easy.
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Postby Half Massed » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:05 am

Oooo, quadruple post.
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Postby Half Massed » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:05 am

Let's make the best of this quad. Who said something about Virginia wine? I didn't even know they made wine in Virgina.
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Postby Half Massed » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:05 am

And lastly, I have nothing against the French in reality. I like to make jokes on their behalf, including but not limited to their stereotypical cowardly outlook and poor war record, snobbishness, accent and government. Overall though, I'd like to visit France some day as it seems like a unique place with a vibrant culture if poor legislation.
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