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New Wave Of French Singers Say 'Merde' To Life

Photo: Mathi et Mathi.

No one quite masters the art of whining and complaining like the French, which means the world's ultimate râleurs and blasés find the deepest kind of pleasure in cursing.

Some French musicians have now taken it to the next level, singing songs essentially based around the use of the word “merde”, or “c’est d’la merde” (“this is bullsh*t”). French newspaper Libération focused on three of them this week — Mathi et Mathi, Jo Dahan and Fabien Martin — who have made it their mission to grumble and insult the universe.

Mathi et Mathi use their song “C’est d’la merde” as a kind of catharsis, notes Libération, expressing their deep dissatisfaction with the shittiness of all that surrounds them: work, love, friends, family — even holidays. Everything is nothing but “d’la merde”:


Fabien Martin instead uses the word more to share his boredom and fatigue with life. He says “merde” too, but adds “s’emmerde” (“so fu**ing bored”) to the music.

Jo Dahan resorts to rock'n'roll rhythms and profanity to communicate nostalgia. Just like Mathi et Mathi, he counts off all the things in life that were "mieux avant." Music, cars, movies ... Merde itself, it seems, was "better before."

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Why Taiwan Backs Israel Even If Its Own Struggle Mirrors Palestine's

Taiwanese, though under the weight of a far more powerful neighbor, have the tendency to idealize Israel and fail to create a self-definition beyond the island nation's anti-China image.

Photo of police forces in Taipei, Taiwan, ahead of clashes during anti-government protests in Nov. 2020

Police forces in Taipei, Taiwan, ahead of clashes during anti-government protests in Nov. 2020

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TAIPEI — After the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas, who killed around 1,200 people and took 200 hostages, Israel imposed a complete blockade on Gaza and began a large-scale counteroffensive. Originally, most Western countries fully supported Israel's right of self-defense. However, sentiments have shifted in a section of the west over the past month, with Israel's counterattacks having caused up to 10,000 deaths in Gaza and pushing the Gazan population into a humanitarian crisis, marked by a dire shortage of water, electricity, food, and medicine. With the opening of a new front by Israel on the Lebanese-Syrian border, there are fears that the fighting could expand even further, resulting in an even greater humanitarian catastrophe.

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After the Hamas raid shocked the world, public opinion in the Chinese-speaking world, like in western society, split into two. One side firmly supported Israel's determination to defend its homeland and national sovereignty, while the other side invoked the region's history and sympathized with the Palestinians.

However, unlike in the west, most Chinese people did not choose a side based on well-considered national interests or humanitarian concern for the disadvantaged, but rather based on their attitudes toward the United States and China. Being anti-American or anti-China has become a fundamental factor determining whether you support Palestine or Israel.

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