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May 25, 2007

Sarko Raising France From Tu to Vous

In a symbolic gesture of what his election could mean for France, President Nicolas Sarkozy is asking French students to show a little respect by using the formal "vous" instead of "tu" when speaking to teachers. Teachers are to use "vous" when speaking to older students.

All this is as it should be, since "tu" is traditionally used only when speaking to relatives, close friends, children, and animals. "Vous" is used to show respect when speaking to anyone else — or at least it was until French culture became so debased by moonbattery that everyone started to regard everyone else as a child or an animal.

It may be too late to save France from the cultural tailspin it's been in for the last 100 years. But hats off to Sarko for trying. It would be great to see similar efforts made over here.

Sarkozy: Show some respect.

On a tip from Byron.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 25, 2007 9:22 AM


I agree that it's nice when kids show respect for adults. It always seems odd when the kids in our neighborhood refer to the adults by their first name. We never did that growing up.

So we compromise with our kids. We teach them to refer to adults as "Mr. Tom" or "Mrs. Linda", using their first name. Not as formal as last names but still shows respect.

Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at May 25, 2007 12:15 PM

Raised, a long time ago, to call everyone "Sir" or "M'am," if they in turn showed the same kind of respect to me, I rarely hear such appellations these days (most likely it's "Hey, man," or "Whatdayawant?").

And, indeed, reverting to the formal "vous" in France is a real step toward returning to respect in person-to-person dealings, as using the above terms of respect here in the USA would be. Used to be, the intimate "tu" was only used pretty strictly between parent and child, husband and wife, or lover to lover, and with virtually no one else -- obviously, having to mandate a return to a bit more formality means that the intimate form of "you" has been way, way overused in the past few years.

Posted by: jc14 at May 27, 2007 8:17 AM

A good sign, though, as with any new leader, time will tell. If this is an indicator of things to come, this can only mean that Sarko recognizes that cultural change away from Moonbattery is essential to the survival of his you folks have said, the same thing applies here in the U.S..

Posted by: Toa at May 27, 2007 12:45 PM