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TOKYO - A group of teachers and translators in Japan on Wednesday sued Tokyo's outspoken nationalist governor for allegedly calling French a "failed international language," a news report said.

Twenty-one people filed the lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court, demanding that Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pay a total of 10.5 million yen ($94,600) compensation for insulting the French language in remarks last October, national broadcaster NHK said.

In their suit, the plaintiffs accused Ishihara of saying: "French is a failed international language because it cannot be used to count numbers."

"It's natural for different languages to have different names for numbers and different ways of counting them, so it's unacceptable for him to insult French in this way," Malik Berkane, who heads a French-language school in Tokyo, told reporters at a news conference.

The Tokyo metropolitan government refused to comment, saying it hadn't received word of the lawsuit.

French is the official language in about three dozen countries and territories worldwide and is one of the official working languages for international organizations such as the* * *United Nations. In French, some numbers can be unwieldy to say, such as 90, which translates as "four-twenty-ten."

Japan's counting system can also be tricky. Adopted from Chinese, the Japanese numeric system ignores the western system of classifying large numbers every three digits. Though one thousand is the same, 30,000 would translate as "three-10,000," 4 million would be "400-10,000" and 4 billion would be "40-100 million."

Counting one pencil or one bottle of beer ("ippon&quot in Japanese differs from counting one sheet of paper ("ichimai&quot or one book ("issatsu&quot.

Ishihara, one of Japan's most popular politicians, is known for his blunt nationalist talk, criticism of illegal immigrants and unapologetic view of the Japanese wartime military's atrocities in Asia. His remarks often rile Chinese and Korean residents in Japan
Can we just wipe France from the face of the Earth and start over again... maybe with another quiet, neutral nation like Switzerland?

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Re: Damn Frenchies

[quote author=NavyMustang link=topic=25356.msg342833#msg342833 date=1121285108]
Can we just wipe France from the face of the Earth and start over again... maybe with another quiet, neutral nation like Switzerland?
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careful, don't want any lawsuits do you
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[quote author=NavyMustang link=topic=25356.msg342833#msg342833 date=1121285108]
Can we just wipe France from the face of the Earth and start over again... maybe with another quiet, neutral nation like Switzerland?
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Why on Earth would you provoke one of the most stubbernly arrogant cultures on Earth into arguing with you here?....
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Originally Posted by "rightvoices.com/archives/2003/08/15/french-arrogance/"
A French mayor has brought in a new law against smelly tourists.

It allows police to stop people leaving the beach in swimwear for an odour check. Anyone found to be too smelly will be ordered to cover up or get a fine.

Henri Dunoyer is the mayor of the posh resort town of La Grand-Motte in southern France.

He says tourists stinking of sweat and suntan lotion put him off his food and wine as they pass the terrace of his favourite restaurant.

Mr Dunoyer claims Britons are among the worst offenders, despite the fact the French use less soap than anyone in Europe.

He said: I sit on the terrace of one of my favourite restaurants trying to enjoy good food and wine, and then a smelly tourist comes in and ruins everything. I have had enough and plan to make sure it stops now.


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so, in essence, this is a new fine for simply being French?
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[quote author=NavyMustang link=topic=25356.msg342833#msg342833 date=1121285108]
Can we just wipe France from the face of the Earth and start over again... maybe with another quiet, neutral nation like Switzerland?
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then you wouldnt have me...

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[quote author=NavyMustang link=topic=25356.msg342833#msg342833 date=1121285108]
Can we just wipe France from the face of the Earth and start over again... maybe with another quiet, neutral nation like Switzerland?
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then you wouldnt have me...
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haha very funny

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