Thursday, July 21, 2005
Fly fishing on
the Allée des Cygnes
that came with the chocolate that accompanies a cup of expresso.
below, images illustrating the Old France.
I went for a
walk in the morning of this stunningly beautiful day in
A day or two
after I made this decision, I read in the newspaper about a 45-year-old woman
who was assaulted here in the 15th arrondissement, not far from
the apartment. She was going to get
her car in the underground parking garage on the rue de Javel (near rue
Lecourbe, I think). A man, “type European,”
ran up and hit her on the face, breaking her nose. He was attempting to get her clothes off
when a car went by and she gathered her wits enough to fight back. He ran away, and someone took her to the hospital. The police haven’t caught the man yet.
So, there is a
bad guy out there attacking middle-aged women in my neighborhood. This isn’t normal.
Tom and were
walking home from dinner in the 16th when a scruffy looking little
man came up to us and asked if he could use our mobile phone (we have none)
because his wasn’t working. We knew
this was one of those attempts to steal a mobile phone (we’ve read about this
trick), so instead of telling him we didn’t have a phone, we told him “Nous
parlons anglais” (“we speak
English”). That really baffled him,
and he gave us a look that was half menacing, and half afraid. Then he went away, muttering to
himself. He was probably saying,
“those crazy Americans.”
And now the
French are fearful that the crazy Americans are about to buy one of their
“flowers of industry,” Danone. Danone
is the yogurt company (isn’t it spelled Dannon in the
In fact, Danone
already conducts 80 percent of its operations outside of
newspapers point out that there is anti-Americanism in much of
Nestle is a
Swiss company that many French people hope will come to the rescue of
Danone. Even though they aren’t
French, at least many of the Swiss speak French,
big. In the food business worldwide,
in 2004, Nestle did 56.2 billion euros of business. Merging Danone and PepsiCo puts them in
second place at 37.9 billion euros.
Kraft is next, at 27.1 billion euros.
Then comes Unilever (a European company) at 23.3, and then Coca Cola
Commission officials in
newspapers recognize that in the
“person on the street” interviews here bring mixed results. When asked if they think the French
government should save Danone, several people said no, that the State should
not mess with private enterprise or the “rules of the game.” One man even said that if
One woman who
her fear, but Danone hasn’t been angellic towards the employees of LU.