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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Which Way Would You Go?



Yep, I'd be going for Segolene...

7 comments:

Claire said...

Me too. Also, whats a rmiste?

becks said...

i understand most of it except for these bits:

le cdi
les intermittents
les noah
les thuram

neil h said...

He forgot 'les bians' ...

What a horrible man.

incurable hippie said...

Claire, RMIstes are people on benefits, kind of JSA equivalent.

Le CDI is a type of employment contract (contrat a duree indeterminee) which I think is essentially a permanent contract.

Les intermittents are people on a certain status of benefits because their jobs are insecure (artists, e.g.) so they can still claim.

Les Noah and Les Thuram, info from somewhere else says:

- noah (yannick) : former tennis player (won Rolland Garros in 1983), coach of the tennis team after that, he is now a very popular singer. He is black (his parents are from Cameroon but he is born in Sedan, a small city near Belgium) and has taken strong positions about French racism. His son Joakim was in the Florida's Gators until this year, and his team won the university championship this year and last year (he even was elected best player of the final game last year). He will play in the NBA next season.
- Thuram : French soccer player, he & his team won the world cup in 1998 and he retired this year. This only particularity gives him an important status. He is black and took a strong position against Sarko and racism, tried to raise attention on the problems in the suburbs. He was particulary active during the riots in 2005 and became hated by sarkosists... like every people who openly takes position against him, as mentionned brilliantly in this present article.

Claire said...

I found these comments on another blog which might shed some light:

- RMI = revenu minimal d'insertion. Something very shoking for americans, it is a salary given to unemployed people during a period that is more or less long (a few years) so that they could still survive. This is something very common in Europe though, the particularity of ours is that it is a low salary but it lasts for a long time and the pressure over the RMIste (the one who earns the RMI) is quite light. Denmark for example has a high retribution, on a shorter period and the beneficiary has to prouve constantly that he is looking for a job, or learning a new one.
- intermittent (du spectacle) : As far as I know, it is a particular status that allows small performing artists and professionnal techies to earn some money by making the rules on unemployment lower (the get the RMI easier), because we consider that such jobs are difficult to keep (there is a lot of work during summer, but nothing during winter). It also may seem shocking to american readers, but it helps us keeping a cultural life at a very local level, musical diversity, etc. And even with this status, those people don't have it easy.
- noah (yannick) : former tennis player (won Rolland Garros in 1983), coach of the tennis team after that, he is now a very popular singer. He is black (his parents are from Cameroon but he is born in Sedan, a small city near Belgium) and has taken strong positions about French racism. His son Joakim was in the Florida's Gators until this year, and his team won the university championship this year and last year (he even was elected best player of the final game last year). He will play in the NBA next season.
- Thuram : French soccer player, he & his team won the world cup in 1998 and he retired this year. This only particularity gives him an important status. He is black and took a strong position against Sarko and racism, tried to raise attention on the problems in the suburbs. He was particulary active during the riots in 2005 and became hated by sarkosists... like every people who openly takes position against him, as mentionned brilliantly in this present article.


The CDI is the agreement which means among other things that French workers (well, most of them) can receive money for dismissal after only one and a half month's service (as opposed to here where it is a year).

Claire said...

oops, looks like we both went to the same webpage at the same time!!!!

Twilight zone music plays....

incurable hippie said...

Freaky!!!!