Crack in French
Verb fendre: to split or crack
The French verb fendre (noun = fente (f)), was originally used to refer to split wood. However, its meaning has extended to other contexts and now it can be applied to many situations like:
séparer - to separate.
cliver - to split. You will recognize this word from English words such as meat cleaver, cleavage (The French for this is le clivage). The English verb cleave also means to cut, sever, split, penetrate or advance. Another related word derived from this is cleft which is the past participle (as is cleaved). You will know this from things like cleft palates.
The Elysée is the place where the French President lives.
le Hôtel Matignon is where the Prime Minister lives.
Début janvier 2008.
Un ouvrage vient de sortir en France qui dénonce l'hypocrisie de N. Sarkozy et comment il arrive à faire penser aux gens ce qu'il veut.
En effet, à l'époque où il était encore Ministre, il prenait des décisions pour d'autres motifs que le simple fait qu'elles soient justes, c'est-à-dire, simplement pour devenir Président.
Il basait sa politique sur le principe du « diviser pour mieux régner » afin de déstabiliser ses rivaux politique.
Afin de maintenir la confusion chez les électeurs, Sarkozy se fendait de discours démagogues qui ont finalement porté leurs fruits.
Inspired by: http://olivierbonnet.canalblog.com/archives/2008/01/06/7462281.html
Beginning of January 2008. A book was released in France and it denounces the hypocrisy of N. Sarkozy and how he manages to make people believe whatever he wants.
Indeed, during the time when he was still Minister, he was making decisions with other motives other than just the simple fact that these were the right things to do, that is to say, he just wanted to become President.
He based his policy on the "split (divide¬) to rule better" principle in order to spread confusion among his political rivals.
In order to maintain the same confusion among the voters, Sarkozy managed/came up with popularity-seeking speeches that finally bore fruit.
Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.
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French verb to crack, split is fendre