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Old 07-04-2010, 06:07 PM
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I agree that it is the right thing to do. The press loves to use that saying, ad nauseum, so it will be very hard to get rid of.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:21 PM
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The original quote from William Somerset Maugham has, by the way, been hijacked by Miami, New Orleans and San Salvador (to mention a few), and is the title of a popsong.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:33 AM
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Iceflower, today's Monco Government's Centre de Presse listing includes an interview with PA.

Do you know anything about it?
Is it related to the PPDA interview? Surely it can't be, because we have already seen the pics of the filming of the France 2 interview.

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Old 07-07-2010, 02:24 AM
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On July 2nd, Prince Albert attended the presentation of the F1
Inshore catamaran on which Italian Guido Cappellini has won the
world championships, in Monaco.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **

Today, July 7, Prince Albert was in Ales, France, and tried a tricycle with
electric assistance made by public transport operator Keolis during an
International meeting about Ecological vehicles. The event, running from
July 7 to 8, 2010, allows professionals to test drive a selection of ecological
vehicles on two circuits


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **

Not sure whether it's the same interview, but here is something about the
interview that will be shown on July 12, Renata4711!

** Albert de Monaco, bientôt marié à Charlene Wittstock : "Je veux fonder une famille" ! **

French Le Point already publishes some exclusive excerpts from the interview,
Albert talks about his childhood - "I think when I was really young, I said I
wanted to be a cowboy or a soldier!", his father - ".. he has always been a
good adviser. He told me that he did not think too much before you speak.
I followed him in this..", that bad rumours about his sisters and family had
always hurt him and which is now most important concerning his wedding
plans - "It is certainly our intention to start a family."
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:17 AM
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Prince Albert attended the start of the 187,5 km and fifth stage
of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race run between Epernay
and Montargis, eastern France, July 8, 2010.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 **
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:24 AM
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Yes, Iceflower, it's the same, and they're releasing bits and bobs from it to get better coverage.

Presumbly we''ll get the YouTube version?
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:06 PM
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Apparently there is also a very negative article about Albert in L'Express. Among other negative comments, a quote from Bernard Vatican "Celle qui est formidable, c'est Caroline, mais une loi stupide lui interdit de monter sur le trône" (meaning more or less, "the outstanding one is Caroline, but a stupid law stops her from being on the throne"). Didier Laurens adds that "Le prince est un garçon plus intéressé par son plaisir que par l'État.": The Prince is a boy more interested in his pleasure than in the Government. I wonder how many Monguasque citizens share such harsh opinions...
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:25 PM
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And what type of paper is this L'Express. Serious legit newspaper, yellow press, tabloid, what?

And not to be funny, but what can the Vatican do to Albert other than matters as it pertains to religion?
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:28 PM
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L'Express, as far as I know, is a weekly magazine, which deals with economic political and societal analysis (maybe like Time, I guess, or the Economist? I am not sure; we should ask someone from France to be sure). Vatican is the surname of the quoted person, and the article is not about gossip but about 5 years of Albert's reign and the discontent and failures of the Prince. I cannot know whether the mag has an agenda...

ETA: here's the cover
http://www.lexpress.fr/outils/kiosque.asp
ETA2 I was not wrong: when founded it was apparently modeled on "Time"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Express_(France)
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:53 PM
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Thanks Grace for teh info.

Apparently I missed the Bernard in front of the Vatican.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:36 PM
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Apparently there is also a very negative article about Albert in L'Express. Among other negative comments, a quote from Bernard Vatican "Celle qui est formidable, c'est Caroline, mais une loi stupide lui interdit de monter sur le trône" (meaning more or less, "the outstanding one is Caroline, but a stupid law stops her from being on the throne"). Didier Laurens adds that "Le prince est un garçon plus intéressé par son plaisir que par l'État.": The Prince is a boy more interested in his pleasure than in the Government. I wonder how many Monguasque citizens share such harsh opinions...
It is not harsh opinion as up and until now this has been so.A fine example was the "pleasurable" rock concert the other night. From now on let us hope that that changes.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:12 AM
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The journalist isn't called Vatican, but Vatrican !! The Pope would not be amused, I think...

And I agree with Jaya - PA needs to acquire some gravitas soon - he can't keep vacillating between playing the statesman and degenerating to an elderly rocker.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:27 AM
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he can't keep vacillating between playing the statesman and degenerating to an elderly rocker.
Of course he can, Prince Albert has shown us for years that he's a
hardworking prince, very involved in the environment, politics, social
themes, art and sports, so there shouldn't be a doubt that he can
have his recreational-compensation as well. Instead of criticising him
for having shown us a maybe funny or embarrassing side by dancing
around, we could allow him that and be thankful that we can see his
very private side from time to time as well.

And even a serious newspaper can have controversial articles that
don't have to be general and opinion-forming.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:57 AM
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Here's the article from L'Express on PA:

Monaco, quand la dorure s'effrite - L'EXPRESS

The main points appear to be: chronic indecision, rows in the Court, impatience among his people.

There have been 54 demonstrations in Monaco within 18 months...

They brought in a spin doctor to brush up his image, the same guy who spruced up Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice etc., and Christine Alliot-Marie (French defense minister).

The end of the article states that republicans are an unknown species in Monaco. PA's most fervent critic Laurent Nouvion would have to emigrate to Menton next door...


A very well-written article which I'll bookmark for future reference. It was not written by L'Express' main columnist Christophe Barbier, so that may be significant... or not.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:33 PM
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MY translation wasn't very good but it did seem to be a hatchet job to some extent. Monaco's economy is in much better shape than most of the countries in Europe and definitely better than the US. I do agree with the author on some points though. PA does seem to be indecisive. On this future island it seems crazy to ask for a second set of more environmently friendly plans. It cost alot of money for design plans. You either go ahead with the project or not. And why have a smaller island? The reasons he gave were not economic ones. Also he is out of Monaco way too much. Even if he has nothing to do he should give the appearance that he is working as hard as he can. Especially during a world recession. I hope it has helped that PC has moved back. She does seem to be taking an active role. Also, hopefully Andrea will move back shortly to help out.

Did it say who the demonstators were? Were they French non-resident workers? Also, I thought it was against the law to criticise the royal family.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:50 PM
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And what type of paper is this L'Express. Serious legit newspaper, yellow press, tabloid, what?

And not to be funny, but what can the Vatican do to Albert other than matters as it pertains to religion?
L'Express takes a dark, negative view of just about everything..I only ever browse out of desperate boredom.

It should be renamed "Devil's Advocate".
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:09 AM
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FanofMonaco, the demonstrations were almost entirely organised by trade unions. Nice Matin has always reported every facet of these.

One might say: Well, at least Monaco now allows "manifestations" (or "manif"), which wasn't always the case.

Your point about the territorial enlargement is a good one; PA and the Government must have known that there was a severe economic downturn when they announced the extension plans. To have to postpone them when both Sir Norman Foster and Daniel Libeskind had been appointed, must have been embarrassing, to say the least.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:30 PM
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Royal guests have been in Monaco today!


Prince Hitachi of Japan, brother of Japan's Emperor, and his wife
Princess Hitachi came to Monaco to attend the opening ceremony
of the art exhibition 'Kyoto-Tokyo', on July 13, 2010 in Monaco
together with Prince Albert. The exhibition runs from July 14, 2010
to September 12, 2010 at the Grimaldi forum.


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 **

** belga gallery ** belga gallery 2 **
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Wow how wonderful that they came all the way to open an art exhibition.
I love the heigh difference.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:56 PM
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Yes, and it's PA again in his "bouncer" pose.... scary...
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