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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:17 AM

5. Can't hurt that he's fluent in French either.

In fact they're probably speaking français in that photo which might explain Hollande's big smile. Hollande admitted to being a little self-conscious about his English skills when he visited the White House last spring and I'm sure SoS Kerry enjoys exercising his French! Found this interesting tidbit:

During the 2004 presidential primaries, Senator John Kerry, a fluent French speaker, dropped a remark to an inquiring journalist for French television. Life on the campaign trail, he said, was “affreux” — that is, “awful” or “dreadful.” Not “terrible,” the obvious word, but “affreux,” a more subtle choice. For the French, selecting the precise word is the equivalent of a firm handshake or a level look in the eyes in the United States. With two simple syllables, Senator Kerry had passed a crucial French character test. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/29/books/29grim.html?_r=0


And I fully agree that he'll be a marvelous Secretary of State.

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