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Please note that Tibet, Yunnan and Xinjiang are not independant countries but provinces or autonomous regions of China being a bit ethno-culturally different from the rest of PR China.
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jeudi 3 septembre 2009

French culture spreading over the world


Back in July 2008, I was visiting Scotland. The time to give money to our bus driver came and, being a little clumsy sometimes, money fell on the floor. A french rude word came out of my mouth without any control. "merde". The scottish driver just said "Oh you're french?".
Back in the beginning of July, I was visiting the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China and almost dropped my camera on the floor while shooting some picture. The same word came out of my mouth, still without any control. There were two korean girls next to me, also shooting some pic. One of them turned at me and said "Excuse-me, are you french?"
France got a long and complex history, a wide culture and many world heritage places. Why does this rude word seem to be so well known around the world ?
En Juillet 2008 je visitais l'Ecosse. Au moment de payer notre chauffeur Ecossais je laisse par mégarde tomber l'argent sur le sol. Un "merde" sort de ma bouche. Aussitôt le chauffeur me demande en anglais si je suis français.
En Juillet 2009 je visitais un temple taoïste à Pekin quand, manquant de laisser tomber mon appareil photo sur le sol, la même grossièreté s'échappe. L'une des deux coréennes qui étaient à coté de moi me pose la même question.
Nous avons une longue histoire, des nombreux artistes de qualité, des sites classés au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité... Pourquoi faut-il que ce soit ce mot qui soit si connu autour du monde? Merde.