Category Archives: USA

Podcast: George Soros: a brief conversation

Podcastloic A brief conversation with George Soros after his press conference, we talk about France, Europe, and why he wanted to share a negative vision about the US in Davos.

Podcast: George Soros comments the US economy decline

Podcastloic George Soros shares with us why he is so worried about the US and answers the questions of the press on his vision of the world.

The US giving the green light to torture

Jason Calacanis:

“We’re lowering ourselves to the level of the terrorists now.”

I did not know that Jeff Jarvis was so anti-French

Jeff Jarvis because he could not get wifi in his Paris hotel:

“the only means I have of getting onto the internet to whine to you has a French keyboard where qwerty becomes azerty, just to be different, and the period key requires using shift — confirming my long-held suspicion that, indeed, the French never do come to a period in their nonstop sentences.”

“insert your own joke about why the French are a third-world country here: _____________________”

Good to know Jeff thinks so much of himself as superior. I am not saying we’re better but please count the homeless you see in the streets of your city and say again we’re so much third-world…

Here is a comment I just left on Jeff’s post:

Honestly Jeff, I have a sense of humor and I have a full category on my blog making fun of French things too even though I am French, but I still think you go too far, do you really think the USA is superior in so many ways ? I love the US and I am with a US company, still, there are many aspects I don’t really like either.

Treating ourselves as a third world country is the typical US way of thinking, why the hell our keyboard should be the same as yours and should we eat the same shitty McDonalds and Coca-Cola ?

You don’t travel enough, Jeff. If you did, you would see that almost all countries have a different keyboard than yours you consider as a reference, as you do consider apparently everything US as reference.

Count the homeless in the streets in your city for example and tell me how this is successful. I am not saying we’re better on that, but considering yourself as superior as you do makes anti-americanism spread and grow in the World. This is bad. Via


CNN does not know where France is !


France is in the middle of Germany, Paris not at the right place, Lyon in the middle of France and worst of all Toulouse is actually in the South West and is here in the North East !!! I can’t believe it and sometimes wonder if the people who announce the death of mainstream media are not right… Via Veuve Tarquine [FR]

Back from San Francisco…

Just back in Paris, I had a wonderful week after this terrible flight. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much about our two days meeting at Six Apart to prepare 2006, but I can say I had a wonderful dinner with Bernadette and Jeff (Jeff advised me to read Techcrunch, very good to follow the new startups in the area), I ran every single day from 45 minutes to an hour which was really cool, wondered for hours as always why I don’t live in the SF Bay area with Reid, spent some time in our office (not enough).

Thanks as well Edouard and the entire France Telecom R&D San Francisco team for this wonderful brainstorming afternoon in your offices and such a VIP welcome ! Hope to see you all soon.

I had finally the great pleasure of having dinner with Shel Israel, we both met for the first time and felt like old friends as we both read ourselves and I try to help for Naked Conversations. See you in Paris, Shel, was great fun to see ya in SF.

Oh and thanks again Marc and Thomas (from Beaucastel and Palmer, both of them blog, see also the after dinner picture) for inviting me to a memorable dinner at Michael Mina, you can see some pictures on my moblog. I never had such a wine (and so many glasses in front of me), here is what we tasted: Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2003, Beaucastel 1999, Beaucastel 1990, Beaucastel 1985, Chateau Palmer 1998, Chateau Palmer 1991, Chateau Palmer 1981, Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin 1998, Chateau Palmer 2000 and finally the two rare Beaucastel 1978 and Chateau Palmer 1961… Amazing ! You can see a short video (3GPP) of Marc explaining the first wine.

John Gibson (Fox News) wishes the French would have dealt with the security issues of terrorism threats

Update: the post was dated before the bombings, so I agree my title was a bit misleading (just changed it), but I think Gibson’s intentions are confirmed by the note he posted the day after his post, check this one:

“The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics – let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while.”

Gibson JohnWhat kind of journalist are you, Mr Gibson ? I see your article, Missed Opportunity, as racism and defamation to the French. Actually you could have replaced Paris and the French by any other city and people, I would have thought exactly the same of your words, you are dangerous and I wonder how any media can give you a tribune with such an article. Too bad you don’t have a blog, Mr Gibson, too bad you don’t have comments on your article, I really wish I would see the reactions of your readers. It is with the kind of words you have that hate and racism like yours spread around the world.

John Gibson:

“Paris was exactly the right place to pick and the Olympic committee screwed up.

Why? Simple. It would have been a three-week period where we wouldn’t have had to worry about terrorism.

First, the French think they are so good at dealing with the Arab world that they would have gone out and paid every terrorist off. And things would have been calm. Or another way to look at it is the French are already up to their eyeballs in terrorists. The French hide them in miserable slums, out of sight of the rich people in Paris.

So it would have been a treat, actually, to watch the French dealing with the problem of their own homegrown Islamist terrorists living in France already.”


It would have been a delight to have Parisians worried about security instead of New Yorkers. It would have been exquisite to watch.

But, alas, they picked London. I like the Brits. I like London. I hate to see them going through all this garbage when it would have been just fine in Paris.”

Dear Mr Gibson, we have dealt many times with terrorism in France, and I can tell you as well that Parisians and the French are worried about security. Your words are just impossible for me to qualify. Shame on you. Actually I found a few words: articles like this one generate hate and terrorism, you are just like them.

Update: the readers of my french blog want your apologies, Mr Gibson. and another one tells me that Gibson posts anonymously to Just added “nofollow” to the Fox links.

Lots of reactions already, thanks: Robert Scoble, Dennis Howlett, the Gadget Guy, Joi, Neville, Doc, and many others.

R&D Investment Shifts to China and India

I have no idea on the accuracy of these figures I have just read from the DaVinci Institute Report, but these are quite impressive:

R&D Investment Shifts to China and India – When you look at investing in R&D, China has emerged as the clear favorite in a new survey. A global survey of 104 senior executives conducted by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit shows the growing attractiveness of the Asian markets as the choice location for technology innovation.

“China was way in front with 39% of respondents naming the mainland as their top choice for R&D spending. A total of 29% chose the US, while 28% favored India for overseas R&D spending over the next three years.

A total of 52 per cent of firms plan to increase their overseas investment in R&D over the next three years, while another 38 per cent plan to maintain current spending levels over the same period.

Britain was in fourth place, favored by 24 per cent, and Germany was the choice of 19 per cent of the executives polled. Others in the top 10 were Britain (24 %), Germany (19%), Brazil (11 %), Japan (10 %), France and Italy (both 9 %), and the Czech Republic (8 %).

Among companies that are publicly traded in the U.S., those that are headquartered abroad are spending more than U.S. firms on R&D as a fraction of sales. This ratio, which is termed research intensity, is 4.2% for firms based in Japan, 3.2% in Germany, 5.7% in Finland, and 5.1% in Sweden. But this figure is just 1.7% in the U.S. and the U.K.”

Heard in China last week: US should learn respect.

redflag“America is very arrogant when China’s culture is about respect. Each time the US makes a mistake China’s prestige grows in the World. What China learnt from its ancestors is to respect others and whenever we are arrogant we make a mistake. The US is losing its prestige in the World and less and less respected because of its behaviour in the last years”.

I don’t agree basically on everything because China has proven many times it does not always respect people either. But generally, it summarizes pretty well the feeling about the US, heard from China.

Fahrenheit 911 factchecks

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Fahrenheit 911 factchecks

Here are Michael Moore’s extensive factchecking notes on Fahrenheit 911. Link (via Kottke via Joi)

Let’s fact check everything.