January 22, 2005

IF YOU RELIED ON SARTRE, FOUCAULT AND DERRIDA TO EXPLAIN LIFE, YOU’D BE A LITTLE DOWN TOO

Self-doubt leaves French feeling down in the mouth (Susan Bell, The Scotsman, January 22nd, 2005)

It is official: the French are a nation of depressed pessimists, wracked with self-doubt and unable to see a positive future.

This gloomy portrait of the current state of Gallic morale - or rather the lack of it - was made public yesterday in a damning report by France’s prefects, the country’s top administrators.

"The French no longer believe in anything," the report said. "That is the reason that the situation is relatively calm, for they believe that it is not even worthwhile expressing their opinions or trying to be heard any more."

They are right, of course, but luckily President Bush may try to energize them by reaching out for four more years.

Posted by Peter Burnet at January 22, 2005 3:46 PM
Comments

They could at least start learning Arabic.

Posted by: Bartman at January 22, 2005 3:54 PM

Bartman:

Why, they didn't need to know German to learn to love the whip.

Posted by: oj at January 22, 2005 5:48 PM

The future citizens of Francistan will know Arabic. The few who remain that lived in what was once called France will still speak French.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 22, 2005 8:19 PM

OJ:

They loved the whip long before 1936.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 22, 2005 9:24 PM

Even they've figured out what "Gallia delenda est" means.

Posted by: Brooks at January 22, 2005 9:34 PM

"depressed pessimists, wracked with self-doubt and unable to see a positive future."

More realistic than I would have believed possible.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 23, 2005 1:34 AM

Good point oj. I stand corrected.

Posted by: Bartman at January 23, 2005 9:08 AM

This is no surprise. What language do the words ennui and malaise come from?

Posted by: Bart at January 23, 2005 12:11 PM

This is no surprise. What language do the words ennui and malaise come from?

Posted by: Bart at January 23, 2005 12:11 PM

Get 'yer soma right here.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 24, 2005 6:58 PM
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