Tony Blair congratulates Nicolas Sarkozy in French

Not bad, Tony, not bad.

via Omniglot

By | 2016-10-18T15:49:56+00:00 May 10th, 2007|Culture|4 Comments

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  1. Jean May 10, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    I misread Omniglot as Omigod!
    Pretty damn good, huh? eyebrows and all! – much as it grieves me to say so. Shame on him for being so thick with Sarkozy – absolutely clear who the British government wanted to win!

  2. céline May 11, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Well, to be fair to him, as (still) Prime Minister, he has a duty to congratulate the new head of state of a neighbouring country, who was chosen democratically by 85% of the people, whichever party that person belongs to.

  3. Xavier Kreiss May 12, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Of course, a cynic would say he was reading from a text on a telepromter.
    But yes, his pronunciation is very good. And so is his French.
    Alas, it’ll probably be some time before the UK has another PM as gifted as him when it comes to foreign languages.

  4. Paul Betts May 29, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    In my anglo-french household we were delighted to see Monsieur Blair making the effort. Call me daft, but I think there’s nothing wrong with the two being pals. I get the impression that M. Sarkozy has been studying reformist models for his future success with France, and (IRAQ controversies aside), I don’t thing this is bad news for the long-term future of France.

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