This eez Chief Inspector Clouseau speaking on the phön. No, sorry, this is a malevolent interpretation of a notion dreamt up by Maurice Druon, distinguished member of l’Académie française, who claimed the other day that
He presented a declaration of the initiative boasting several high-profile signatures, including those of former Portuguese president Mario Soares, former Polish foreign minister Bronislaw Geremek, former UNESCO chief Frederico Mayor and the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.
It called for French to be the reference language for “all texts of legal or normative nature engaging the members of the Union”.
A state prosecutor to France’s equivalent of the supreme court, Jean-Francois Burgelin, said the move was meant to counter a juridical “decadence of which the impoverishment of French in international legal relations could be a sign”.
Anyone who has experienced the notoriously corrupt and incompetent French justice system at first hand might find this argument slightly surreal, but I support the initiative wholeheartedly, just so long as they use Cockney French:
“Of having Ted speak—er—cockney French.”
“H’m—yes. Very likely,” said Thaddeus. I’d thought of that myself, and, I guess, perhaps we’d better stick to Irish.”
Friends of this blog will recognise this dialogue as nothing more than a poorly composed bridge passage leading to Brian O’Nolan, who took a keen interest in justice, and specifically in the day-to-day workings of the Cruiskeen Court of Voluntary Jurisdiction. On the bench sat Judge Twinfeet, who–although no mean scholar himself–was wont to commence proceedings with an appeal to keep to a minimum “locutions tortuous of syntax, imponderable of meaning and not intelligible save by reference to ‘asiatic philologies’,” which philosophy he summed up rather conveniently as follows:
- Good judges
I’ve always wondered where Spanish judges, particularly local ones, find justification for their habit of ignoring judicial precedent and ruling whatever
- A judge orders materials at the Barcelona Foreigner Internment Centre to be translated into languages the inmates can’t read
Judge Joaquín Aguirre has identified a problem: many Senegalese etc can’t speak their national language, French, to a level that would
- Statutory obligation to know Spanish/Catalan, against European rules?
That’s surely the long-term implication for the Spanish constitution and the Catalan statute of autonomy of this European Court of Justice
- Bologna baloney: Barcelona student protestors are either mad or stupid
Barcelona students are occupying universities and fighting with police in a titanic life and death struggle against the prostitution of universities
- Swallows & tents
“When it came that we wanted to move the host, a swallow had nested near the apex of the tent.”