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VIDEO: French Brexit song tells Brits ‘we want our words back’

A hilarious new cabaret song that highlights the sheer amount of French words in the English language is making waves online, offering some much-deserved laughs in these messy Brexit times.

VIDEO: French Brexit song tells Brits 'we want our words back'
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They say laughter is the best medicine, but when it comes to the Brexit ‘affliction’ plaguing millions of Brits and Europeans across the continent, it can be hard to see the funny side of it.

Luckily, there are people out there whose on-point satire holds a temporary cure.

Cabaret performers Amanda Palmer, Sarah-Louise Young and Maxim Melton have performed and shared a quirky take on the UK’s ever-impending divorce from Europe, calling on the English to first hand over all the French words they ‘stole’ and incorporated into their language.

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“No, you cannot drive a car without a chauffeur, There’s no déjà-vu without déjà vu, What’s sex without its lingerie?, Piers Morgan without his toupée, We really feel miserable for you,” are just some of the comical verses in this three-minute music video, which we might as well call a tour de force. 

The tongue-in-cheek track is available for download for €1, with all proceeds going to support Open Piano For Refugees, a non-profit organisation providing access to music lessons and instruments to refugees.

The song and music video were also independently funded by over 15,000 patrons.

 

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France may cut Channel islands ferry service after post-Brexit collapse in visitor numbers

Visits to the Channel islands from France have halved since Brexit, and French local authorities say they may be forced to cut the regular ferry service, asking for the passport requirement to be waived for French visitors.

France may cut Channel islands ferry service after post-Brexit collapse in visitor numbers

Travel to and from the Channel islands – which are British crown dependancies – has reduced significantly since Brexit, when passports became a requirement for those travelling in and out of the islands and their ports.

Now the president of the local authorities in the Manche département of France has asked that passport requirements be lifted, with hopes of increasing travel to and from the islands.

Jean Morin told Ouest France that there has been a “considerable reduction in the number of passengers on routes between the Channel ports and the islands” and as a result the ferry service between France and the islands was seriously in deficit.

“On these lines, we will never make money, but we cannot be in deficit”, explained the Morin. 

He added that if a solution is not found by the deadline of May 1st, 2023, then local authorities will stop funding the shipping company DNO, which runs the Manche Îles Express ferry service.

“If the passport requirement is not lifted by then, we will have no choice but not to renew the service contract for 2024-2025”, Morin told Ouest France.

Only around half of French people have a passport, since the ID card issued to all adults is sufficient to travel within the EU. 

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DNO re-launched operations in April and since then, the company, and by extension the département – who plays a large role in funding it via a public service delegation – has been losing significant funds.

According to Franceinfo, the number of passengers has been cut in half since passport requirements were introduced. Franceinfo estimates that for one ticket for one passenger costing €30, the département spends €200.

According to Morin, the ideal solution would be to require a simple ID for tourists seeking to take just day-long or weekend-long stays on the islands – which reportedly represents at least 90 percent of the boats’ usual passengers.

“The Jersey government is working hard on the issue and is waiting for an agreement from London and the European Union. There is the possibility that things could move quickly”, Morin told Franceinfo on Tuesday.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, boats going to and from the French mainland carried at least 110,000 people per year. In 2022, only 40,000 passengers made the journey, Olivier Normand, the sales manager of Manche Îles Express, told Actu France.

Normand had expected the decline, however. He told Actu France that the company had taken a survey, which found that almost half (between 40 and 50 percent) of their clientele did not have a passport. 

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