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France's shiny new official website got off to a shaky start on Wednesday, promptly surrendering to the unwashed masses on its Bastille Day launch. The €1.6m portal fell over under the onslaught of too many visitors keen to explore the "major promotional tool of France's image abroad", the Telegraph explains, and it's still …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dumb Frenchies...

    ...don't even know how to run a website, now if you'll excuse me i'm off to browse Spending Challenge...

  2. skellious

    Language bias?

    I am not yet fluent in french but from what I can make out, there would appear to be some discrepancy between the english and french error messages there... I know french is a "longer" language but i'm pretty sure it's not THAT much longer... What are they hiding?!

    *insert predictable french jokes & burning cow here*

    1. Andy Scott

      re Language bias

      According to Google translate the french part says

      The team regrets that enable you to find the gate of France. We are now facing a problem of configuration of our servers. We have undertaken an audit of all systems to allow us to reopen as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and see you soon!

  3. GrahamT

    Only one thing to say...


    (Je vais prendre mon manteau)

  4. Chris Miller

    100 per cent French?

    What, including the chips and disks?

    Bastille Day fell on a Wednesday, so I presume all the support staff will have 'bridged' the public holiday and will return to work on Monday. Let's hope there are no further problems in August, when the whole of France takes the month off.

    Unless you've been in the support centre of a major French multinational undergoing a severe network outage and watched everyone depart 'because it's Friday 5pm', you really can't understand the French mindset.

    1. George Nacht

      ...leaving, because it´s Friday 5PM?

      My valued French colleagues leave the factory empty, save for security, at 13.35 any given Friday. Now, the real question is... are we to mock them, or envy them?

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Who's having the better life?

        Group A: the folk sitting in the pub at 5pm on Friday who have put work away until Monday

        Group B: the ones still in the office at 10pm on Friday wrestling with a major production outage and watching their plans for the weekend slip down the toilet?

        I've spent years in group B and I'm damn sure I'm not going back there again. It sounds to me like the French work to live, not the other way round. They probably look at some of our working practices and pity us....

        1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

          @Beaker's Love Child

          Sounds good in principal, but if you are stuck in town, unable to by a drink or get a taxi because the ATM and card payment network is down and not going to be fixed until Monday, I think you may think differently.

          What you are actually wanting is to pass the baton down to the next set of group B workers, and drop out.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          French work to live?

          In France, with my 25 days of vacations, 13 days of worktime reduction, average of 10 holidays, ie approx. 48 days not working in additions to the 104 weekends, *of course* I've got to stay late sometimes if I want to get any work done :-D

    2. anarchic-teapot

      Friday 5 pm

      That was the time we all pissed off to the pub when I worked in the UK too.

      At least the French haven't adopted the 'tradition' of Friday-night booze-ups yet.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    it's the Web version of ...

    I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

    1. LuMan

      ..and from Spamalot..

      These Frenchies with all of their prattle

      Are fighting a battle with cattle.

      hee hee

  6. Lloyd

    Sounds like

    They were using outsourced Civil Service bods.

  7. Mystic Megabyte


    Est-ce le Windows ou la Windows qui s'est écrasé?

    1. GrahamT

      la or le? neither

      Les Windows - pluriel

  8. Anonymous Coward

    ..."our Mother Was a Hamster...

    and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries!"

  9. Uk_Gadget

    I will show zis wunze...

    And only wunze...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can one...

    ... assume it's a lot of Bull?

  11. Simon Cresswell

    Same life as a baguette then.

    That is all.

    Except to say my local boulangerie is closed for its annual holiday, so perhaps that's it then...

  12. cookieMonster Silver badge

    Merde !!

    une fois encore ... MERDE !!!!

  13. Ben M

    Servers are 100% French?

    They're probably on strike then.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Good job their not english...

      ..then being set on fire would be the main cause of failure

      1. I'm Brian and so's my wife

        @"Good job their not english"

        Ha - what a high quality, ironic comment!


        Erm, what do you mean "he's not being ironic"?

  14. Canny

    The French have the Interweb?...

    ...I thought they were all still using Minitels on dialup! More likely, the National Société of French Webservers (NSFW) have called a wildcat strike and nobody was told.

    La mienne est celle avec des photos de Carla Bruni dans la poche ...

  15. lglethal Silver badge

    Not sure if its still the case...

    Im not sure if its still the case (cant check due to company firewall) but it used to be that if you typed "French Military Victories" into google and clicked the "Try your luck" button, you got taken to a fake google page that said "No sites found. Did you mean French Military Defeats?"

    Sorry but that anecdote just seemed appropriate for some reason!

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Like the French?

    Only works 32 hours a week?

  17. Number6

    Authentic French Experience

    "major promotional tool of France's image abroad"

    Well, you have to admit it's managing an accurate portrayal of the stereotype so far then.

  18. Anonymous Coward


    Isn't it obvious?

    The French Web site saw foreigners arriving, and promptly surrendered!

  19. ViagraFalls

    THE solution to the energy problem?

    Replace the traditional server hamsters with French armymen, set of a firecracker, and watch 'm run.

  20. LinkOfHyrule

    To all those moaning...

    We are now connected to France via a undersea toilet pipe called the channel tunnel you know! You could work in France, live in England and commute!

    Mines the one that stinks of garlic.

  21. mhenriday

    The francophobe quips on this thread -

    in particular those by the historically well-informed commentators hiding behind signatures like «Iglethal» and «ViagraFalls» - who, alas, seem to have forgotten the heroic figure cut by the US «Operation Frequent Wind» on 30 April 1975 - have almost made me sympathise with William the Conqueror....


  22. ShadowDragon8685

    What happened?

    I doubt the website actually collapsed under the load from the French internet-viewing public. There is no French internet viewing public, because they're all too busy laying their hands on attractive members of their gender of choice and haughtily scarfing post-coital croissants.

    The website got a connection from the area of Berlin and promptly decided to lay down and roll over.

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