Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Comment s'appelle-t-il?

Thanks to their "non" vote on the EU constitution, the French have a new prime minister.

His name is Dominique Marie Francois Rene Galouzeau de Villepin. (He is best known to Americans as the French foreign minister who spoke up against the Iraq invasion.)

The BBC wondered what it should call him for short. Is he "Monsieur Villepin" or "Monsieur de Villepin" or "Monsieur De Villepin"? Even French government and media sources are inconsistent in their usage. The BBC, however, always gets its man. Here's the answer.


At 2/6/05 00:51, Blogger Jared said...

Thsi is me being officially amused. :)
The BBC wins again.

At 2/6/05 16:25, Blogger Adam said...

It does indeed.

Nice little summary of the rule, I thought.

At 14/6/05 09:19, Blogger Eliot said...

That BBC article sounds like something straight from NPR. I'm very glad they got to the bottom of the issue. I was quite concerned about the issue for about 2 minutes until I finished reading the article. The trauma has subsided.


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