French Ambassador to the US Gets Emotional Talking Notre Dame on CNN: ‘It Was a Part of Ourselves’


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Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States, spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper this afternoon about the tragic fire at Notre Dame and started off by expressing, “I didn’t think that I could be so emotional.” The roof and spire of the historic cathedral collapsed and as of around 4 pm ET, Tapper reported that per one fire official, the next 90 minutes are crucial to save what remains of Notre Dame. “For us, for the French, it’s the symbol of Paris,” Araud said. “I can’t think of the skyline of Paris without the spire of Notre Dame, which has just collapsed. It’s 1000 years of my history. It’s our national identity which is burning. You know, it’s awful. You know, I’m sorry to be so emotional, but, you know, there are not words to say.” He told Tapper that this disaster made it clear just Continue reading "French Ambassador to the US Gets Emotional Talking Notre Dame on CNN: ‘It Was a Part of Ourselves’"

Jeb Bush’s ‘French Work Week’ Comment Didn’t Go Over Well With the French


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bush frenchWhile hammering Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate for his Senate attendance record, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush asked the first-term senator if the chamber operates on a “French work week.” That comment did not go over too well with the French. “You should be showing up to work,” Bush said at the debate hosted by CNBC. “I mean, literally, the Senate — what is it, like a French work week? You get, like, three days where you have to show up? You can campaign. Or just resign and let someone else take the job.” Rubio has been under fire for missing Senate votes and intelligence briefings while he campaigns for the Oval Office, and Bush sought to capitalize on that. Using the “French work week” analogy, Bush insinuated that the French work fewer hours per week, on average, than Americans.  Continue reading "Jeb Bush’s ‘French Work Week’ Comment Didn’t Go Over Well With the French"