In his book "Talk to the Snail", Stephen Clarke has written one chapter about the secret french habits. he began it by "In France, things are done on a 'don't need to know' basis. Unless forced to do otherwise, no one will tell you anything."

This book is very funny because you have some french habits which are caught by the author with ironical writting or black humour. I'm taken one part of this chapter to notice how comic it is.

"French court lawyers all look like abstract sculptors who have been practising on their own hair. They are often interviewed on TV about a case as their client enters or emerges from the courtroom, and they all look like the last person you would want to defend you in a court of law. Unshaven, vaguely psychopathic, totally untrustworthy.
But in fact they are often very astute operators, because they are experts at manipulating French secrecy.
In the British legal system, solicitors are officers of the court and as such are duty-bound to produce any relevant documents in their possession, even if they are harmful to their client. But French lawyers have no such obligation. So what if their client filmed himself hacking his business partner to death? No one else knows about the home slasher movie, so they can plead not guilty. At the same time, these lawyers are more than happy to review all the evidence into a forest of TV and radio mics and then claim that their client cannot possibly get a fair trial because the media keep reporting the case. The moral is, what better person to defend you than someone capable of such beautiful hypocrisy ?"

I'm very pleased to read it. I nod.

Romook, no time to write these last days