Décès de l'ancien président Jacques Chirac, l'animal politique

Former French president and mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac passed away on 26 September 2019. Learn about the legacy of this political animal in this video from France24.

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Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

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Q&A Forum 1 question, 3 answers

NigelC1Kwiziq community member

Que veut dire "Monsieur cinq minutes (douche comprise)"? On entend aussi Monsieur deux minutes ou bien Monsieur dix minutes. Le quel est correcte?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Nigel,

This question made me smile as I think it refers to Jacques Chirac's sexual prowess (or lack off) that journalists enjoy using to describe him.

The different timings probably come from different women. As to their accuracy, I cannot vouch as I have no personal experience...

mdr = lol

ChinaA0Kwiziq community member

Je sais pas

NigelC1Kwiziq community member

Merci Cécile. J'aime bien votre réponse. Ma question était un tout petit peu malicieuse.

Outre son impressionnant parcours politique, Jacques Chirac  laisse le souvenir d'un infatigable séducteur à ceux qui l'adoraient. Ses escapades extra-conjugales étaient connues de tous, y compris de sa femme. Au point même où il avait développé une petite réputation. Dans les colonnes du JDD, une ancienne conquête est revenue sur le surnom "10 minutes douche comprise" qui lui collait à la peau...

Que veut dire "Monsieur cinq minutes (douche comprise)"? On entend aussi Monsieur deux minutes ou bien Monsieur dix minutes. Le quel est correcte?

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