The French are wonderful!!

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http://start.earthlink.net/article/int?guid=20050129/41fb1850_3ca6_15526200501292070349407


French Deliver Tsunami Aid With Panache

FIRDIA LISNAWATI
January 29, 2005 3:46 PM EST


French Navy doctors give a tetanus injection to a young girl Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 in Meulaboh, Indonesia. With a panache all its own, France's military is delivering aid to tsunami-battered Indonesia and showing how a small force can make a difference.

ABOARD JEANNE D'ARC - The naval ship's pantry is stocked with wines, baguettes and pate, and its casual dress code is shorts and sandals. There's even an artist - a painter to keep an illustrated record of the trip. With a panache all its own, France's military is delivering aid to tsunami-battered Indonesia - and showing how a small force can make a difference.

A month after killer waves struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the French are part of an international relief operation that includes forces from more than a dozen nations, including Japan, Russia and Switzerland.


The 1,000 or so French sailors and soldiers arrived in Aceh province on the island's northern tip two weeks ago. Their 11 helicopters and two C-160 cargo planes are airlifting rice and tents to isolated villages devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake-generated waves, which killed at least 145,000 people in Asia and Africa.

Foreign Legionnaires are clearing debris left by the waves, rebuilding schools in Maleuboh and occasionally extinguishing fires that flare.

French doctors are treating the sick and vaccinating as many as 10,000 Acehnese children against measles. Many of those children had never been immunized against disease.

"The children are smiling again. This is a good sign," said Maj. Francois Masse, a veteran pilot of French relief work in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chad.

Although media attention has focused on the U.S. contribution, particularly by the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group, aid officials say the French and other forces are playing an equally important role.

"(The French) increase our capacity to move loads into some areas where roads have yet to be reconstructed. Trucks cannot reach these areas," said Daniel Augstburger, head of the U.N.'s relief work on Sumatra's western coast.

That responsibility likely will increase once the Americans leave with their three dozen helicopters.

The French, who also are conducting relief operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, object to comparisons with the Americans.

"The feeling we had in France was that, as usual, the Americans were rushing in force to Indonesia and boasting about it," said flotilla spokeswoman Cmdr. Anne Cullerre. "For some people, it seemed outrageous.

"How can you really boast of doing something from this tragedy? People were saying, 'They are doing it again. They are showing off.'"

Vice Adm. Rolin Xavier, who heads the French military effort, dubbed Operation Beryx, said, "We are not in the shadow of the Americans but we work alongside them."

Critics of the U.S. military's work in Indonesia say Washington has seized on the disaster as a pretext for advancing its strategic interests in the archipelago and improving ties with the Indonesian military.

Those ties effectively were cut in 1999 after Indonesian troops and their proxy militias killed 1,500 East Timorese after the half-island territory voted for independence in a U.N.-sponsored independence referendum.

During her recent Senate confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the tsunami provided a "wonderful opportunity" for the United States to reap "great dividends" in the region.

The dispatch of the USS Abraham Lincoln's strike force has been viewed in some quarters as an effort not only to help survivors, but also to burnish America's image among Islamic communities worldwide by delivering aid to the largest Muslim country in the world.

The French maintain they do not have strategic interests in the region.

The contrast with U.S. forces does not end there. The U.S. military bans alcohol aboard naval vessels and sailors generally wear casual clothes only in their quarters.

But French sailors aboard the Jeanne D'Arc pick from wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks, and their ready-made meals come with pate. On deck, they sunbathe in the muggy heat in shorts and sandals.

However, what really sets the French apart is the paunchy, bearded civilian riding a sloop to the shore. He is artist Michel Bellion, appointed to paint the French military in action in his trademark bold strokes and bright colors.

"I'm here to show the drama," said Bellion, pulling out a sketch book as he accompanied a team of doctors vaccinating children. "For me, it's hell. That is what I want to show. I'm not looking to make it beautiful. I'm trying to show the emotion."
Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
 
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ABOARD JEANNE D'ARC - The naval ship's pantry is stocked with wines, baguettes and pate, and its casual dress code is shorts and sandals. There's even an artist - a painter to keep an illustrated record of the trip
All they're missing is the standard issue stripey jump and string of onions.

- Is that white thing around Doc's elbow a white-flag, ready to whip out in case someone makes a threatening gesture? :D
 
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Jeanne d'Tart is the frog boat as big as the new brit carriers of the Trafal Gar class the Agincourt and Cracy that BEA are now saying they will not build if Kellog Broon & Root get overall management?
john
 
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jonwilly said:
Jeanne d'Tart is the frog boat as big as the new brit carriers of the Trafal Gar class the Agincourt and Cracy that BEA are now saying they will not build if Kellog Broon & Root get overall management?
john
8O

I was with you up till 'frog'.
 
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Aah, of course. The Frogs are wonderful for doing a little, the Yanks must have some ulterior motive for doing the bulk of the work & providing the bulk of the aid.

Have you noticed that, apparently, the Yanks don't give a toss about world opinion, which is why the only reason they're helping the tsunami victims is because they want to improve world opinion of them? Classic doublethink...

And as for the frogs - the country who had illegal oil contracts with Iraq and who open fire on peaceful protestors in the Côte d'Ivoire??? Give me a break!
 
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the french are voicing the opnion that they dont like the .US we no1 we no1 attitude that we are dont like either about the septics give it a rest
they are their and helping out .
 

Cutaway

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woody said:
the french are voicing the opnion that they dont like the .US we no1 we no1 attitude that we are dont like either about the septics give it a rest
they are their and helping out .
Woody ! Step away from the Stella !

Say again your last......in clear.

:wink:
 
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Cutaway said:
woody said:
the french are voicing the opnion that they dont like the .US we no1 we no1 attitude that we are dont like either about the septics give it a rest
they are their and helping out .
Woody ! Step away from the Stella !

Say again your last......in clear.

:wink:
LOL Cuts!

However, I copy Woody's message, Roger, you have to learn to listen out on a bad net! :wink:
 
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The words French and wonderful never mix. As usual French bollox to say how they are saving the world and we Anglo-saxons (US included) are bad.

French, all I will say is lets have another war with them and wipe them off the face of the planet
 
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Personally I both like and admire the French. The food is great, booze is cheap, property is a bargain, and, what's more, Paris was the scene of my first sexual experience (with another person, anyway :D ) on a school French exchange when I was fifteen.

And what's more, the French take absolutely no sh1t from anyone. They just do whatever they want, and if that means Jacques Chirac personally busting sanctions to Iraq for the sake of a few million quid, they'll get on and do it. Meanwhile, Tony Bliar has his nose so far up GWBs arrsehole, he's likely to bump his teeth on Condoleeza's stilletos, and the likes of Jack Straw and Hillary Benn quiver with subservient abasement whenever Kofi Annan opens his corrupt gob.
 
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Mighty_doh_nut said:
I have unmasked chicken punk and now know who he is

Jeremy Clarkson you've been rumbled, and get a shaggin haircut :D
If I had any hair left, I would get it cut.
 

OldSnowy

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Ah, the French Navy... Proud sinkers of the Rainbow Warrior (sorry, that was their Foreign Ministry), proud owners of a Nuclear Carrier that doesn't work, has massive engineering flaws, and goes slower than the Deisel version. The navy that built battleships at the turn of the 20th c. so top-heavy that they couldn't leave port? The only reason they want to get into the UK Carrier programme is so that they can steal UK experience, and blame us when theirs goes wrong.

I presume that they get waterproof white flags issued, and have glass-bottomed ships so that they can review the rest of their Fleet at Oran and Toulon.

Not that I'm anti- or anything, but the French... Nice people, but for the most part a military joke.
 

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