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Page 3: Anatole France Primary School, then the Robespierre Secondary School for Boys in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France.<

I was a well-behaved and studious boy. Be assured, this did not last very long.
My first passion: Mathematics.

I suffer from severe asthma, which runs in my family, so I had not allowed to play any sports, not even running in the school yard.

Therefore, I knwo nothing of parallel bars, weight throwing, kick a ball, etc ... Very sad.
But later, once in the USA, I took revenge and learn scuba diving, and dived everywhere in the world and went glacier climbing in Alaska.

Well, OK, just before my conception.

La dernière fois où les gens étaient contents de me voir.

World population 06 July 1953 = 2 567 231
World population 07 July 1953 = 2 567 232 (me)
World population 1920 = 7 794 262
World population 1950 = 9 700 000 (educated guess)
World population 2100 = 0 (according to Stephen Hawking)

I am also allergic to alcohol. In Arras, France, in the years 50-60, if you can't talk football and have a beer, you are a weirdo.
My mind is devilishly governed by logic, so I am not good at diplomacy, politics and the French administration.
I became a bit reclusive.
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

Douglas Adams, "Life, the Universe and Everything"

Born on July 7, 1953 in Arras, Pas-de-Calais. It’s written here on my birth certificate, for a whopping 1 Franc.

Mother: School teacher
Father: minimum wage worker in a paint factory, constantly in bad health
He had a wonderful life.
Born in 1916, the natural (that is to say, illegitimate) child of a British soldier, he spent his entire childhood in the poor, woebegone “Père Halluin” orphanage in Arras. They practiced strict, even cruel, discipline and corporal punishment of course. My father as a child was heavily abused by a priest. He did denounce the priest, but of course no one believed him.
2 years of military service, then kept in service because of the threat of imminent war, then 8 months of war, 4 and a half years of captivity in Germany. No medal, no thanks to speak of. In 1945 he returned to France a weakened man. He was anti-military and an atheist. He died from cancer in 1985.
When he had to fill out his retirement application, around 1980, the French administration berated him for not having any paperwork to justify the gap in 1940-1945, so he wrote in large letters in the middle of the page: “Go ask Hitler!”

I have one sister, Martine, a history and geography teacher in Compiègne, and a brother, Dominique, an electric consultant living near Grenoble.
We rented a townhome. The owners, who lived in a neighbouring house, made our lives difficult. Then my mother had an affair with the owners’ son, hence the separation with my father and also, though much later on, the owners’ son. First lesson in life: never rent a place right next to the owners’ home.
A single water source in the entire house : in the kitchen. This was standard at the time in Arras, Pas-de-Calais. Same for the toilet, outside.
I suffer from asthma, which runs in my family, so I wasn’t allowed to play any sports, even to run during recess. So I have never known parallel bars, shotput or kicking a ball, etc… Quite sad.
Without sports, all that I had left was Boris Vian, Hara-Kiri, Monty Python, Isaac Asimov… and I was a good student.

Nowadays, the field of Medicine has completely changed its views in this regard: “The organization “ASTHME” recommends (translated from French) “that asthmatic children practice sports, including at a competitive level. The child will quickly learn how to regulate their effort and to anticipate attacks. Scuba diving using cylinders is the only sport that is advised against.” That last one is the sport that I’ve done professionally.

During all my childhood (1953-1980), I suffered from severe asthma, which runs in my family, so I was not allowed to do any sports, not even run on the school playground. So I have no idea, even now, what pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and the high bar are all about, or even kicking a ball, etc. … Very sad. But later, as I got to the USA, got my revenge and went scuba diving all over the world.

Coluche : "Quand j’étais petit, à la maison, le plus dur c’était la fin du mois... Surtout les trente derniers jours ! " ("When I was young, at home, the hardest part was the end of the month… especially the last 30 or so days! ")

Christian Fournier : Award for Excellence, 1st place in Spelling Bee, 1964

When I was younger, so much younger than today.

In addition, I miss two front teeth, a little like John Lennon or Vanessa Paradis, but they were not yet known at the time.

Well, there is worse, here is a cranium of Cro-Magnon man who also had the same dentition.

So I learned to smile with my mouth closed.

My mind is devilishly governed by logic, so I am not good at French diplomacy, politics and administration.
So I was a little bit social.

My grand father, André Victor Athanas Caby born 01 jan 1896

My grand mother Raphaëlle Lasson.

She used to say all the time: "It was better before" and "They will destroy the weather with all their inventions". She was finally right.

Mother : school teacher, officer of the French "Palmes Académiques", professor of applied pedagogy.


Father's Day Sunday June 20, 2021.

To honor my father's memory, I tried to follow in his footsteps to the Maginot Line, to Auschwitz, WWII, many WWII historical reenactments, to make a photo report for him.

My father, Born in 1916, low end worker in a paint factory for 40 years, in constant poor health. A "super" life:

√ Orphan, because the natural child of a British soldier of the First World War.

√ All his childhood in a very poor orphanage home, in Arras. Strict discipline, even cruel, corporal punishment. Daddy child was constantly sexually abused by priests. My father denounced them, but obviously he was not believed because "god is pure" and very powerful in the north of France at that time.

√ Military service for 2 years.

√ Maintained under the flags because of the strong threats of war.


√ 8 months of war on the Maginot Line.

√ Taken prisoner.

√ Four and a half years of captivity in a camp in Germany. He worked in excruciating conditions (-40 ° C winters without heating, only rutabagas to eat) in Wetzlar, in the Leica camera factory, (the famous 1942 Luftwaffen Eigentum IIIc).

The end of the war.

√ No medals, no thanks. He returned to France in 1945 forever weakened, and his mental and physical health never recovered.

√ He obviously became anti-militarist and atheist.

√ My mother married him out of pity. They had three 3 children.

My father and mother just after WWII. My parents were not rich, their photos quasi non existant.
The photos in those times were always very classy.

√ Cuckolded and constantly humiliated for 20 years by the neighbor, owner and dictator of our house.

A rare photo of my family in June 1965, in front of the rented house, 14 rue Charcot 62 000 France.

1 Alice Fournier, née Alice Caby, ma mère
2 Simone Capron, née Simone Caby, la sœur de ma mère
3 Raymond Fournier, mon père
4 André Capron, le mari de Simone
5 Martine Fournier, ma sœur
6 Pascale Capron, ma cousine
7 Christian Fournier
8 Jean-Luc Capron, mon cousin
9 Dominique Fournier, mon frère
10 Christine Capron, ma cousine

√ My father was always nice.

√ I saw my father for the last time at my brother's wedding in 1977.

1 Alice Fournier, née Alice Caby, ma mère
2 Simone Capron, née Simone Caby, la sœur de ma mère
3 Raymond Fournier, mon père
4 André Capron, le mari de Simone
5 Martine Fournier, ma sœur
6 Pascale Capron, ma cousine
7 Christian Fournier
8 Jean-Luc Capron, mon cousin
9 Dominique Fournier, mon frère
10 Christine Capron, ma cousine
11 André Caby, le frère de ma mère
12 Arlette Caby, le mari d'André
13 Bertrand Caby, le fils d'André et Arlette
14 Hélène, la femme de Dominique

√ He died of cancer in 1985.

When he had to fill out his retirement form, around 1980, the French administration reproached him for having no proof of employment for the years 1940-1945, he wrote in the middle of the page: "ask Hitler!"


To honour his memory, I made a large reportage of historical enactments on "World War II"


Coluche : "When I was little, at home, the hardest part was the end of the month ... Especially the last thirty days!"

I soon learned to say that I did not want to go to the movies or a café or disco when my friends went there there, I said I was not hungry or did not want to.


We rented a town house, 14 rue Charcot in Arras, Pas de Calais, 62 000. The owners, Mrs. Hoyez, his son Jean-Paul Hoyez, his daughter Simone Hoyez, who lived and owned the house next door, were horrible people. My mother had an affair with the owner's son, whence a complete disregard for my father. Jean-Paul Hoyez dropped my mother, 15 years later, for a much younger woman.

My mother sacrificed everything for this guy. As he had built a house, 1 rue du Parc, in Albert, 60 km from Arras, a huge distance at this remote time, he came only on weekends and holidays, so as not to see my mother every day. My mother spent all the household money to satisfy Jean-Paul and his mother, an old, shrewish and filthy woman. Since they were all three unscrupulous, they abused it thoroughly. Madame Hoyez entered our house at any time of the day and night to use our provisions, to make food, etc. She made us do her laundry, her ironing, her cooking. She also came anytime to watch television, to save electricity, because there were "a great many lamps in the TV set". She would be asking for money all the time. My mother never refused, lest the owners put us out (there was no rental agreement at that time!) She did not want to lose her Jean-Paul! It was a dictatorship, a tyranny, a daily humiliation. My mother refused to invite friends to the house so that they would not witness these horrors. We were outcasts!

First lesson of life: never rent a house next to the owners.
Only one water outlet in the entire house: in the kitchen, it was standard at the time in Arras, Pas de Calais, France. The same goes for the toilets, outside. No fridge, no phone, no TV. Of course, no WiFi!
As nobody in our entourage had these comforts, we did not suffer.

My mother, however, always made sure that our schooling was the best, always encouraging us to learn everything.

At home we spoke French and at school we spoke chti! (chti is the colloquial language in the North of France)

I suffer from severe asthma, which runs in my family, so I had not allowed to play any sports, not even running in the school yard. So, I do not know what parallel bars are, the shot put, kick a ball, etc ... Very sad.
But I have Boris Vian, Hara-Kiri, The Monty Python, Dr Isaac Asimov and I am a good student.

Nowadays, medicine has changed a lot on this subject: The association "ASTHMA" formally recommends the practice of sport to asthmatic children including in competition.The child will learn very quickly to regulate his effort and especially to prepare it. Scuba diving with air tanks is the only sport not allowed. It's the one I practiced professionally.

My oncle André Caby, my mother's brother.

My aunt Simone Caby, my mother's sister.

A brother, Dominique, became a consultant in electrical installation near Grenoble. A very shy, very intelligent guy. He was the first to connect me to Hi-Fi and photography.


A sister, Martine, who became a history/geography teacher in Compiègne, Chevalier des palmes académiques.


Environ 1970

02 June 2018 : My sister Martine 70th birthday at l'Auberge du Mont St Pierre in Vieux Moulin, near Compiègne, France.

Martine is in the front row with the yellow jacket.
As the vast majority of guests are teachers, I did a classroom picture!

From left to right :
Bottom : Annie SINGLANDE, Monique BELIN, René GHERARDI, Julien DELAVENNE, Martine FOURNIER, Danielle DESNOUVEAUX, Marie-Claude ASSOUS.

Middle : Clive WATSON, Maryse COUTEAU, Bernard COUTEAU, Patrick COUTEAU, Marie-Annick DELAVENNE, Jacques DELAVENNE, Simone TALOTE, Anne-Marie BOURDIER, Andrée CAUSEUR, Frédérique GORSKY.

Top : Marie-Hélène CARREAU, Jean CARREAU, Christine DUTHEILLAUMAS, Michel ROBERT, Michel VERMARE, Roland BOURDIER, Emilie GORRETEAU, Jacques BERNET, Jean-Pierre TALOTE.

25 December 2017 : Christmas in Compiègne, at my sister's.
From left to right, above: Andrée, teacher; Christine, professor of physics / chemistry; Martine Fournier, my sister, professor of history / geography; Danièle, professor of natural sciences; René, professor of physics / chemistry.
Below: Frédérique, Human Resources at La Coupole and Christian Fournier, photographer and former Math teacher

5 septembre 2018 : Martine passed away

Martine FOURNIER de Compiègne (60200) 24/05/1948 - 5/09/2018

René GHERARDI, son compagnon,
Christian et Frédérique FOURNIER,
Dominique FOURNIER, ses frères et sa belle-sœur, ses cousins, cousines, et toute la famille
ont la tristesse de vous faire part du décès de
survenu le mercredi 5 septembre 2018, dans sa 71ème année.

Les obsèques seront célébrées le mardi 11 septembre 2018
à 10 HEURES 30, en l’église Saint-Paul des Sablons de COMPIEGNE Adresse : 2 Avenue de Huy, 60200 Compiègne Téléphone : 03 44 20 27 50
suivies de l’inhumation au cimetière d’ARRAS, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 62000 Arras.

Les fleurs et les plaques seront remplacées par des dons au profit d’une association de chiens guides d’aveugles.

Déposer vos condoléances sur www.pffontaine.fr ou sur registre le jour des obsèques.
SARL PF FONTAINE Béthisy - Crépy
Pompes Funèbres FONTAINE

My eulogy for my sister.
Hi, for those who do not know me, I am Christian Fournier, Martine's younger brother.
And I am Frédérique, his companion.
I ask your indulgence, and your patience, already from the beginning, because I have never managed to read my text without crying from the first sentence. Frédérique is here to help me. Frédérique has a text that comes after mine. I made it brief because I know I could not go far
My beloved sister has passed away.
"We will not see Tati Martine again," my children told me.
Like Martine, we have lots of children, ...
... our little stuffed animals.

Martine and I had in common, without ever being consulted, this love of stuffed animals. Martine brought back from her trip to England two identical stuffed toys: Hamleys for us and Edgar for her.

Martine read to my brother Dominique and me, in our youth, all the Asterix as they appeared in the newspaper La Voix du Nord. Thank you Martine.

Martine, to cheer me up during my military service, invited me to Coluche and Guy Bedos shows, in the front row. Thank you Martine.

Martine had managed the feat of reuniting my father and mother to visit me in England during my school photo and we had a great time. Bravo Martine.

Martine was also my irreplaceable confidante ... since 65 years.

65 years of memories and thoughts. Thank you Martine.

Hello Martine

Frédérique and I used to phone her for history or geography problems during our re-enactments.
And she always knew everything.

Allo Martine.

I sent her, across the oceans, my photo albums to save them.
Allo Martine.

Allo Martine.

Martine and Rene came to our house in Paris, after each of their many trips, so that I save their digital photos.

Allo Martine.

Martine was kind, generous, cheerful and always ready for adventure.
My pain is immense.

Martine, I will miss you so much.

Martine, rest in peace.

You are gone
but thank you for all these soft, sweet things
you left behind,
in my home,
in my head,
in my heart.


I'm Frédérique Gorsky, Martine's sister-in-law.

Martine is gone.
I had many ideas for the continuation of the adventures of Martine *, but this one should not exist before very long.
I wanted many more: Martine in the Vosges **, Martine in Malta ***, Martine celebrates 75 years, Martine at the Olympic Games 2022 **** ....
Thank you Martine for having accompanied me during these years, and for taking me on your adventures.

* For those who were at Martine's 70th aniiversary
** Frédérique and I had organized a surprise party for René by inviting all his friends to a large cottage in Strasbourg at the end of October 2018
*** Martine and Rene had plaaned a holiday in Malta in September 2018
**** Martine, René, Frédérique and I promised to go to the opening ceremonies and closing of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2022.

Martine FOURNIER (1948-2018) Secrétaire adjointe de la Société d'Histoire de Compiègne
Nous avons appris avec la plus vive douleur la brutale et bien trop précoce disparition de Martine, dans sa 71ème année, mercredi 5 septembre, des suites d'une cruelle et foudroyante maladie. Moins de quatre mois après le décès de notre ancienne vice-Présidente Françoise Martins, dont Martine était proche, nous déplorons la perte non moins cruelle de notre si dévouée secrétaire adjointe, collègue et amie chère de plus de trente ans. Elle avait fêté ses 70 ans au printemps dernier et participé à toutes nos dernières activités, aux séances et repas de notre 40ème anniversaire, à l'excursion de Nampcel en mai-juin. Cet été elle fit encore un heureux séjour à Nice, où elle se plaisait tant, et elle s'apprêtait à partir avec René découvrir Malte au début de cet automne ... Notre désarroi, notre émotion et notre peine sont immenses devant cette perte inattendue.
Martine était née le 24 mai 1948 à Arras. Restée très attachée à ses racines artésiennes et à son Pas-de-Calais natal, ancien pays minier laborieux, elle en incarnait elle-même les valeurs de convivialité et d'hospitalité, de solidarité et d'humanité. Suivant l'exemple de sa mère Alice, qui accomplit une carrière exemplaire d'institutrice, elle choisit de se consacrer à l'enseignement. Elle fit ses études à l'Université naissante d'Amiens, encore dépendante de Lille, mais alors plus accessible que la métropole du Nord pour les gens du Pas-de-Calais. Brillamment reçue au CAPES d'histoire-géographie, elle fut envoyée enseigner dans l'Oise, y accomplissant toute sa carrière de professeure certifiée dans les collèges Bonsecours de Senlis et Michelet de Creil, au lycée Jules Urhy de Creil, où elle eut pour collègue notre ami Philippe Papet et où elle précéda notre regretté ami Jean-Pierre Besse. Elle obtint enfin sa mutation pour le Lycée Pierre d'Ailly de Compiègne, où elle trouva son plein épanouissement, y exerçant plus de vingt ans, des années 1980 jusqu'en 2008, date de sa retraite. Très consciencieuse, particulièrement attachée à la réussite de ses élèves, qui l'aimaient beaucoup, Martine fut une professeure de grande valeur, une conseillère pédagogique très écoutée et estimée. Sa grande bienveillance faisait l'unanimité auprès de ses élèves et de ses collègues. Son engagement professionnel, son dévouement sans faille lui valurent le grade bien mérité de chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques. Martine était une collègue cultivée, d'une grande curiosité intellectuelle, portant un vif et généreux intérêt aux questions politiques et sociales, ayant plus encore une prédilection pour l'histoire de l'art. Elle suivait les conférences de l'École du Louvre, aimait visiter les musées, découvrir les monuments. Les années de retraite lui permirent avec René de faire de nombreux voyages en France et à l'étranger, répondant à son goût pour la découverte du monde et la rencontre des autres. Savante mais jamais pédante, elle aimait apprendre et était toujours à l'écoute; elle n'étalait jamais sa culture, dont l'étendue n'avait d'égale que sa modestie et son humilité; elle avait ses convictions, mais très tolérante, elle savait respecter celles des autres et n'imposait jamais les siennes.
Depuis son arrivée à Compiègne, Martine a été une fidèle adhérente de notre société d'histoire. Elle lui apporta d'emblée avec toute sa générosité son concours bénévole actif, comme membre du bureau, depuis près de vingt ans secrétaire adjointe de l'association. Elle a été très précieuse pour l'organisation pratique de nos activités dans l'établissement et le maintien de nos bonnes relations avec le lycée Pierre d'Ailly, qui a longtemps accueilli nos séances. Elle était toujours partante et particulièrement efficace pour accomplir les tâches matérielles les plus humbles, si nécessaires au fonctionnement courant d'une association. Elle nous apporta aussi régulièrement, avec René, son précieux concours pour les multiples besoins de représentation de l'association. Je pouvais toujours compter sur Martine, devenue une collaboratrice irremplaçable, en même temps qu'une amie très chère, toujours chaleureuse, authentique, lumineuse, stimulante. Son sourire, sa douceur, sa gentillesse, sa générosité, son humilité nous manquent terriblement. Elle laisse un grand vide auprès de sa famille, de ses proches et de ses nombreux amis. Son image si belle, si tendre restera perpétuellement dans nos esprits et dans nos cœurs.
À son compagnon René, à toute sa famille et à ses proches, notre société tient à exprimer ses plus vives et sincères condoléances.
Jacques BERNET, Maître de conférences honoraire en histoire, Président de la Société d'Histoire moderne et comtemporaire de Compiègne

My mother, myself and my sister Martine.

Quand un être proche meurt ...Vous ne vous en remettez jamais. Vous passez lentement chaque jour. Mais vous les gardez toujours dans votre cœur.

Christian Fournier : Prix d'excellence, 1er prix d'orthographe. 1964

Congratulations from the Disciplinary Council, June 1967

Congratulations from the Disciplinary Council, April 1968
May 1968, I am 15 : fed up with the strictness and the feudal privileges of the Gaullist government.
As for myself, I dream about a “direct” democracy like in Switzerland where the citizens exercise power with intermediary representatives.
With Internet, in the present day, I believe this is possible.
It’s stupid to vote for a candidate whose campaign platform was full of beautiful promises, and who, once “President”, just messes around. I know, maybe I’m kidding myself.
When I attended High School at Lycée Robespierre (Robespierre, what a symbol, a great revolutionary!) I had to haul a huge schoolbag full of huge mandatory books that we rarely used in class, 4 times a day, because I was an “external” student, (1.9km according to pedestrian Mappy, so 4 x 1.9km = 7.6km per day, 5 days per week).
I had seen in American films that students over there had their own individual lockers to store their belongings. I thought this seemed like a cheap and simple solution to this heavy problem, especially for someone with asthma!
May 68, all the schoolchildren and university students are on strike! Unfortunately, it was nothing but great, theoretical, political discussion. My practical demands were met with laughs.
I felt that politics in France would always go over my head. When I left Lycée Robespierre in 1973 after a specialization in Maths, there were still no lockers!

Award for Excellence awarded in 3e B2 (equivalent of 9th grade in North America) (1967) to Christian Fournier.

2ème C4 (equivalent of 10th grade in North America) Class : 1968 : Maths : Good student; Physics : Good student; History and Geography : Very good student; English : Very good student in all aspects; German : Excellent trimester; Congratulations from the Class Council.

Je ne savais pas en 1968, qu'en 2020 j'aurais visité 94 pays. Voir page 58.

1ère C4 (equivalent of 11th grade in North America) Class: 1969 : Maths : Very good student; Physics : Met expectations this trimester ; French Writing : Good work; English : Very good results; German : Good student, studious and participates in class.
I think that nowadays (2019), I would have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
Asperger syndrome, or Asperger’s, is a previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum. In 2013, it became part of one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5). Typical to strong verbal language skills and intellectual ability distinguish Asperger syndrome from other types of autism. It generally involves:
Difficulty with social interactions
Restricted interests
Desire for sameness
Distinctive strengths
Strengths can include: Remarkable focus and persistence
Aptitude for recognizing patterns
Attention to detail Challenges can include:
Hypersensitivities (to lights, sounds, tastes, etc.)
Difficulty with the give and take of conversation
Difficulty with nonverbal conversation skills (distance, loudness, tone, etc.)
Uncoordinated movements, or clumsiness
Anxiety and depression
The tendencies described above vary widely among people. Many learn to overcome their challenges by building on strengths.

John Lennon en 1957 rencontre Paul McCartney pour la première fois.

The only household camera: RUBI FLEX COLOR, ULTRAR 4X4, yes, the negatives measured 4 x 4 cm and the photos were square, like on Instagram.
Note the magnesium flash bulb. Johannes Ostermeier (the German engineer from Althegnenberg) filed a patent for flash bulbs on the 21 of September 1930. They contained an aluminum filament in an oxygen atmosphere. The metal would ignite once exposed to an electric current caused a primer to combust.
Flash bulbs were one-use only and were commercialised on the American market by General Electric in the 1930’s.

"Clic clac merci Kodak" (Click-Clack thanks Kodak) and "a Kodak moment" were popularized at the time.

Finally, Hara-Kiri and Monty Python arrive on scene. And the Beatles…

My geography and history teacher in 10th grade used to say that the Beatles were subversive, aggressive degenerates, and as he did so I would laugh under my breath (I understand English) : the Beatles mostly sung love songs. The song below is a hymn to celebrate the sun. Ignorance is not a virtue!
« I vaguely remember my schooldays. They were what was going on in the background while I was trying to listen to the Beatles. » « The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time » par Douglas Adams.

En 1964, 5 chansons des Beatles occupent les 5 premières places du "Palmarès des 100 meilleures chansons". Cette performance ne s'est jamais répétée depuis.

"Here Comes The Sun"
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun And I say it's all right Here comes the sun, here comes the sun It's all right, it's all right.

The Beatles. Sung by Georges Harrison.

1961 Paul McCartney and John Lennon

1962 : The Beatles performing in Hamburg

1962 The Beatles and Little Richard. At a small Liverpool movie theater, a 14-year-old Paul McCartney watched the hit film, mesmerized by the energy, talent and charisma of Little Richard, who had a cameo performing “Ready Teddy.” A year later, McCartney met John Lennon, who was performing with his band in the back of a churchyard. The two quickly learned that they shared a love of American rock ‘n’ roll, and both were big fans of “The Girl Can’t Help It.” McCartney’s audition for Lennon even included a rendition of Eddie Cochran’s “20 Flight Rock” from the movie. Lennon asked him to join the band.
The two started practicing together and dabbled in songwriting. When penning tunes, McCartney and Lennon often borrowed a formula that Little Richard had made his trademark: three chords played with a contagious, driving rhythm and blues feel.
George Harrison joined them, along with Lennon’s art school buddy, Stuart Sutcliffe. They started performing together in Liverpool at venues like the Jacaranda and the famed Cavern Club. Staples of their sets included covers of the Little Richard classics “Long Tall Sally” and “Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey.”
As their popularity grew, they were invited to perform residencies as the house band at the Indra and Kaiserkeller clubs in Hamburg, Germany. Playing every night allowed them to hone their live chops; by the time they returned to Liverpool and the Cavern Club, they were seasoned performers, and the crowds at their shows swelled. The next year, they toured the U.K. with Roy Orbison and Del Shannon. And then the group got their biggest break yet: They were asked to be the opening act for Little Richard at the brand new Star-Club in Hamburg in late 1962 for 14 shows.
Little Richard was riding high. From 1956 to 1959, he scored 18 hit singles with his unique combination of wailing vocals, energetic piano playing and flamboyant style.
Not only did McCartney and Lennon get to meet their idol, but they also got to observe and spend time with Little Richard backstage. Little Richard would later recall helping McCartney hone his vocal style in the green room. And once their residency in Hamburg concluded, Little Richard joined the group in Liverpool to see them perform at the Cavern Club. He got a glimpse of what was to come; impressed by the group’s energy, he foresaw success for the band in America.

1964 Beatles in France. Les Beatles ont donné leur premier concert en France à l'Olympia le 16 janvier 1964.

The Monty Phyton.

Monty Python est le nom d'une troupe d'humoristes britanniques rendue célèbre initialement grâce à sa première création, la série télévisée Monty Python's Flying Circus dont la diffusion débuta à la BBC le 5 octobre 1969 et qui se poursuivit durant 45 épisodes jusqu'au 5 décembre 1974. Elle était composée de six membres nommés Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones et Terry Gilliam.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say. Some things in life are bad, They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you're chewing on life's gristle, Don't grumble, give a wistle! And this'll help things turn out for the best... And... (the music fades into the song) ...always look on the bright side of life! (whistle) Always look on the bright side of life... If life seems jolly rotten, There's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing, When you're feeling in the dumps, Don't be silly chumps, Just purse your lips and whistle -- that's the thing! And... always look on the bright side of life... (whistle) Come on! (other start to join in) Always look on the bright side of life... (whistle) ........

Monty Python The Argument Sketch
A man walks into an office. Man: (Michael Palin) Ah. I'd like to have an argument, please.
Receptionist: Certainly sir. Have you been here before? Man: No, this is my first time. Receptionist: I see.
Well, do you want to have the full argument, or were you thinking of taking a course? Man: Well, what would be the cost? Receptionist: Well, It's one pound for a five minute argument, but only eight pounds for a course of ten. Man: Well, I think it's probably best if I start with the one and then see how it goes from there, okay? Receptionist: Fine. I'll see who's free at the moment. (Pause)
Receptionist: Mr. DeBakey's free, but he's a little bit conciliatory. Ahh yes, Try Mr. Barnard; room 12. Man: Thank you.

(Walks down the hall. Opens door.) Angry man: WHADDAYOU WANT? Man: Well, Well, I was told outside that... Angry man: DON'T GIVE ME THAT, YOU SNOTTY-FACED HEAP OF PARROT DROPPINGS! Man: What? A: SHUT YOUR FESTERING GOB, YOU TIT! YOUR TYPE MAKES ME PUKE! YOU VACUOUS TOFFEE-NOSED MALODOROUS PERVERT!!! M: Yes, but I came here for an argument!! A: OH! Oh! I'm sorry! This is abuse! M: Oh! Oh I see! A: Aha! No, you want room 12A, next door. M: Oh...Sorry... A: Not at all! A: (under his breath) stupid git.

(The man goes into room 12A. Another man is sitting behind a desk.) Man: Is this the right room for an argument? Other Man:(John Cleese) I've told you once. Man: No you haven't! Other Man: Yes I have. M: When? O: Just now. M: No you didn't! O: Yes I did! M: You didn't! ... Suite....

L'association de « spam » et de « indésirable » provient d'un sketch comique des Monty Python, intitulé Spam, dans lequel le mot « spam », désignant le fameux jambon en boîte, envahit la conversation et le menu d'un petit restaurant (il entre dans la composition de chaque plat et est répété à tout bout de champ). Un groupe de Vikings présent dans le restaurant interrompt régulièrement la conversation en chantant bruyamment « Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, lovely Spam, wonderful Spam ». Le sketch parodie une publicité radiophonique pour SPAM, pendant laquelle la marque était répétée de nombreuses fois (« SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM / Hormel's new miracle meat in a can »).
I visited Castle "Aaaarrrgghh" in Scotland in 2014

Le Château Stalker comme on le voit aujourd'hui date du 15eme siècle. A l'origine le site d'un petit fortin, le château lui-même était une position forte des Stewarts Appin depuis de nombreuses années avant de tomber en ruine dans les années 1800. Il a été acheté en 1965 par la famille Stewart-Allward et est maintenant complètement restauré et habitable. On le reconnaît comme le château"Aaaarrrgghh du film culte "Monty Python sacré Graal"

How do you know when you are Middle-Aged?
Those ten tell-tale signs…...

1 You don't understand what young peasants are talking about.
2 You struggle to read Chaucer in weak candlelight.
3 You hate rowdy taverns.
4 You constantly worry that you might have the Black Death.
5 You don't know or care who Joan of Arc is sleeping with.
6 You tell your wife crusaders seem younger every day.
7 You struggle with new technology such as the heavy plough and the long bow.
8 You find Gothic architecture too modern.
9 You keep forgetting who the King is.
10 You dream of buying a second hovel in France.

John Cleese about political correctness 2016.

Monty Python
Welcome to social media. A person who does not understand humour will contact you shortly.
To complain for being offended.

When everyone on earth is 100 % politically correct, there will be no exchanges of ideas anymore.

Wishing you a happy “whatever doesn't offends you”

Just because you are offended doesn't mean you are right.

When everyone is 100% politically correct, there will be no exchange of ideas.

The world is getting too sensitive. Soon, I will not be able to make fun of myself without offending someone.

A different era.


This is called a joke. We used to tell them before people became offended by everything.

"What is the Ch'ti (North of France dialect) word that Parisians do not know?" Danny Boon: "Hello"

A kilogram of mercury weights nearly a ton.

This is an optical illusion. It may look like it’s moving, but this image is completely still – take a screenshot if you don’t believe me! Eyes + brain = illusion. But only in certain cases

For me with my glasses, it moves; without glasses it is fuzzy and does not move. For my partner Frédérique, it's the opposite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you find my photos beautiful, it’s because they are.

L'horloge a été présentée à l'Académie des Sciences de Paris le 14 mars 1932 par le professeur Esclangon. La France est donc le premier pays au monde à mettre en place une horloge parlante qui est inaugurée et mise en service à l'Observatoire de Paris le 14 février 1933.
Les Shadoks est une série télévisée d'animation française en 208 épisodes de deux à trois minutes, créée par Jacques Rouxel et un jeune dessinateur Jean-Paul Couturier, produite par la société aaa (animation art-graphique audiovisuel). La série a été diffusée sur la Première chaîne de l'ORTF entre le 29 avril 1968 et 1973 (trois premières saisons) et la quatrième saison, produite par AAA, à partir de janvier 2000 sur Canal+.

We call a strainer any instrument on which we can define three subsets: the inside, the outside and the holes.
The interior is usually placed on top of the exterior and most often consists of noodles and water.
The holes are not important. Indeed, a simple experiment makes it possible to realize that one does not significantly change the qualities of the instrument by halving the number of holes, then by reducing this half by half ... etc ... etc. .. and at the limit until there are no more holes at all. Hence theorem:
The notion of strainer is independent of the notion of holes and vice versa.

En essayant continuellement on finit par réussir. Donc : plus ça rate, plus on a de chances que ça marche.

By continually trying, we finally succeed. So: the more it fails, the more likely it is to work.

To be happy, it is not necessary to be stupid, but it helps.

Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) 1966

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) est une chanson de Cher sortie en 45-tours en tant que deuxième single de son deuxième album studio The Sonny Side of Cher et écrite par son mari Sonny Bono en 1966. La chanson s'est placée dans le top 3 des charts aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni. Cher sort le single dans une nouvelle version en 1988.
En 1966, une version est chantée par Nancy Sinatra et de nombreux artistes ont par la suite repris cette chanson comme Frank Sinatra en 1981. Son apparition dans Kill Bill (volume 1) en 2003 l'a relancée.

I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight
Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down
Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
"Remember when we used to play?"
Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down
Music played and people sang
Just for me the church bells rang
Now he's gone, I don't know why
And 'til this day, sometimes I cry
He didn't even say goodbye
He didn't take the time to lie
Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound

En français, la version a été chantée par Sheila et est devenue un tube durant l'été 1966. Cette version française a donné lieu à plusieurs reprises.

CAVANNA : "Quand ils prenaient leur vol pour aller s’écraser sur leur objectif, les pilotes-suicides japonais n’oubliaient jamais d’emporter leur mascotte porte-bonheur." ("When they took off to go crash into their target, the Japanese Kamikaze suicide pilots never forgot their good luck charm.”)
Time is catching up to me, inexorably. When I was young, there were future dates that seemed impossible.

George Orwell 1984
Il décrit une Grande-Bretagne trente ans après une guerre nucléaire entre l'Est et l'Ouest censée avoir eu lieu dans les années 1950 et où s'est instauré un régime de type totalitaire fortement inspiré à la fois du stalinisme et de certains éléments du nazisme. La liberté d'expression n’existe plus. Toutes les pensées sont minutieusement surveillées, et d’immenses affiches sont placardées dans les rues, indiquant à tous que « Big Brother vous regarde » (Big Brother is watching you).

2001, l'Odyssée de l'espace.
Film anglo-américain de science-fiction produit et réalisé par Stanley Kubrick, sorti en 1968. Le scénario est écrit par Kubrick et Arthur C. Clarke. Le scénario du film traite de plusieurs rencontres entre les êtres humains et de mystérieux monolithes noirs censés influencer l'évolution humaine, et comprend un voyage vers Jupiter, traçant un signal émis par un monolithe découvert sur la Lune.

Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025.
Space Odyssey 2025: NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025. Left to right: Kepler 452b2015, space cowboy Chris Fournier, the CFSS (Chris Fournier Space Station).

Now, "Back to the futur" takes place entirely in the past.

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he meets his future parents and becomes his mother's romantic interest. Christopher Lloyd portrays the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, his friend and the inventor of the time-traveling DeLorean automobile, who helps Marty repair history and return to 1985. The cast also includes Lea Thompson as Marty's mother Lorraine, Crispin Glover as his father George, and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, Marty and George's arch-nemesis.
Back to the Future was released on July 3, 1985. It grossed over $381 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1985. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, and the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing. It received three Academy Award nominations, five BAFTA nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). In 2007, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in June 2008 the American Film Institute's special AFI's 10 Top 10 designated it the 10th-best science fiction film. The film began a franchise including two sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), an animated series, a theme park ride, several video games, a number of comic books, and an upcoming stage musical.
I met Christopher Lloyd, alias doctor Emmett Brown, in February 2016 at Paris Manga and Sci-Fi-Show.

A photo with Christopher Lloyd, alias Doctor Emmett Brown, or Doc, from “Back to the Future”.
Christopher Allen Lloyd, born October 22nd 1938 in Stamford, has won three Emmy Awards.
The famous “Almanac” can no longer be used.

Frédérique and myself, in the DeLorean DMC-12, "time machine".

- Les chaussures autolaçantes. Marty chausse ses Nike Air Mag qui s'ajustent automatiquement à son pied. Dans la réalité, elles existent. Ou presque. Car en 2011, la marque a fabriqué les mêmes chaussures (sans l'option autolaçage) à 1500 exemplaires trouvables uniquement sur le site marchand eBay pour quelques milliers d'euros. Cette année, Nike (encore) a créé les HyperAdapt 1.0., de vraies baskets qui se lacent toutes seules... Disponibles outre-Atlantique pour la modique somme de... 720$ (un peu plus de 680€). - Les tablettes tactiles.
Dans le film, un homme tend à Marty une tablette pour signer une pétition pour la réfection de l'horloge de la mairie. Dans la réalité, l'iPad et ses concurrents ont envahi et révolutionné notre quotidien. - La 3D. Marty se fait attaquer par un requin en pleine rue… Il s'agit de la bande-annonce des Dents de la mer 19. Bien vu ! La technologie 3D est devenue aujourd'hui incontournable pour la plupart des blockbusters au cinéma - La maison connectée. Chez Marty et Jennifer, la domotique est partout. L'éclairage, la fermeture automatique des volets ou la cuisson des aliments se font par la voix. Aujourd'hui, c'est possible. On peut, par exemple, actionner le chauffage de sa maison via son smartphone. Autre exemple : pour rentrer chez lui, Marty n'a plus besoin de clés mais seulement de son empreinte digitale. Dans la réalité, le scanner d'empreinte se multiplie et notamment pour déverrouiller l'écran d'un smartphone. - Les appels vidéo. Plus besoin de téléphone pour Marty qui se fait virer par son patron en tchatant avec lui sur un écran. Aujourd'hui, que ce soit par Skype, FaceTime ou WhatsApp, les échanges se font aussi d'écran à écran.
Des robots serveurs. Dans un bar, Marty commande un soda à un serveur robotisé. Aujourd'hui, dans certains établissements japonais ou chinois, les androïdes viennent prendre votre commande, s'affairent en cuisine ou vous apportent vos plats… - Le slamball. Dans le journal local, Marty lit les résultats du dernier match de slamball. Ce sport, imaginaire à l'époque de la sortie du film, a été créé au début des années 2000. Il s'agit d'un mélange de football américain et de basket, où des trampolines sont placés sous les paniers pour favoriser des dunks impressionnants. - Les lunettes vidéo. La fille de Marty téléphone ou commande à la corbeille de fruits de descendre du plafond au moyen de ses lunettes. Dans la réalité, annoncées comme révolutionnaires, les Google Glass permettaient de se géolocaliser, d'envoyer des messages, de naviguer sur le Net, d'enregistrer des vidéos… Mais à 1300 € pièce, elles ont été retirées de la vente après avoir multiplié les bugs. - Le skate volant ou hoverboard. Marty surfe au-dessus du bitume sur une planche volante. S'ils ne sont pas encore commercialisés, des prototypes existent déjà. Flyboard Air Franky Zapata - Les drones journalistes. Dans le film, des drones relatent l'arrestation de Biff Tannen et de sa bande. Aujourd'hui, l'utilisation des drones est très encadrée (survol de Paris interdit, par exemple). Mais sait-on jamais… - La veste autoséchante. Tombé dans l'eau suite à sa course-poursuite en hoverboard, Marty voit son blouson sécher en un éclair. Aucune veste dans les rayons pour l'heure bien que des ingénieurs américains planchent dessus… - La voiture volante. Le Doc vole sur des autoroutes célestes à bord de sa DeLorean. On y est presque ! La société américaine Terrafugia promet la commercialisation de sa Transition "prochainement", et l'ingénieur slovaque Stefan Klein poursuit la mise au point de son AeroMobil, malgré le crash d'un prototype… - La machine à voyager dans le temps. La DeLorean de Doc Brown peut voyager dans le temps avec un simple mélange de déchets en fusion… Bon, il va falloir résoudre un paquet de problèmes physiques, mathématiques et scientifiques avant que cela soit possible ! - L'horrible Biff Tannen existe maintenant : Donald Trump. Dans le 1985 parallèle et cauchemardesque de Retour vers le futur 2, Marty se retrouve face à un Biff Tannen qui a profité de l’almanach des sports pour devenir extrêmement riche et régner sans partage sur Hill Valley. Il habite dans un casino de 27 étages, est d'une vulgarité sans nom, a forcé sa femme à se faire refaire les seins alors même qu’il la trompe allègrement et a tué le père de Marty. Bref, le cauchemar total.

I'm there in 2017


The Beatles : When I'm sixty four.
When I'm Sixty-Four est une chanson des Beatles, parue sur l'album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band le 1er juin 1967 en Grande-Bretagne, et le jour suivant aux États-Unis.

When I get older losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? You'll be older too And if you say the word I could stay with you I could be handy, mending a fuse When your lights have gone You can knit a sweater by the fireside Sunday mornings go for a ride Doing the garden, digging the weeds Who could ask for more? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight If it's not too dear We shall scrimp and save Grandchildren on your knee Vera, Chuck & Dave Send me a postcard, drop me a line Stating point of view Indicate precisely what you mean to say Yours sincerely, wasting away Give me your answer, fill in a form Mine for evermore Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four? Ho!

1967 George Martin and Paul McCartney in the studio.

The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in Canada beginning on 6 September 1967 then in the United Kingdom on 29 September 1967 and in the United States on 1st June 1968. It stars and was co-created by Patrick McGoohan, and combines spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.
The series follows a British former secret agent who is abducted and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort, where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although the show was sold as a thriller in the mould of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man (1960–68; retitled as Secret Agent in the US), its combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surrealistic setting had a far-reaching influence on science fiction and fantasy TV programming, and on narrative popular culture in general.

Au nom de la loi (Wanted: Dead or Alive) est une série télévisée américaine en 94 épisodes de 26 minutes, en noir et blanc, créée par Thomas Carr et diffusée entre le 6 septembre 1958 et le 29 mars 1961 sur le réseau CBS, avec Steve McQueen


The Avengers (Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir) avec Patrick Macnee et DianaRigg.
Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir est le titre français de deux séries télévisées : The Avengers série britannique, et The New Avengers série franco-canado-britannique mélangeant espionnage, science-fiction et action, mettant en scène John Steed, le personnage principal (la seconde série pouvant être considérée comme la suite de la première).
La première série, ayant pour titre original The Avengers (« les vengeurs »), se compose de 161 épisodes de 52 minutes, dont 104 en noir et blanc, et fut créée par Sydney Newman et Leonard White. Elle a été diffusée du 7 janvier 1961 au 21 mai 1969 sur le réseau ITV.

Le célèbre couturier français Pierre Cardin est décédé à l'âge de 98 ans le 29 décembre 2020.
Sa marque Pierre Cardin est présente, sous formes de franchises, dans plus de 100 pays, faisant de Pierre Cardin l'un des cinq Français les plus connus au monde. Sa fortune serait estimée à plus de 600 millions d'euros en 2009.
L'acteur Patrick Macnee, incarne John Steed habillé en Pierre Cardin dans la série Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir (the New Avengers), aux cotés de Diana Rigg.

David Mc Callum (celui qui me ressemble) était l'espion dans Man from Uncle (Agents très spéciaux). Dina Rigg était l'agent dans The Avengers (Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir)

J'ai essayé de refaire cette photo en 2021 avec Anna Carlotta.


The House of the Rising Sun est une chanson traditionnelle de folk américaine. De nombreuses versions de la chanson existent, car elle a été reprise maintes fois.
La version commerciale la plus connue, enregistrée en 1964 par le groupe de rock britannique The Animals, a été un succès international, numéro 1 au Royaume-Uni, aux États-Unis et au Canada. En 1964, Hugues Aufray et Vline Buggy adaptent The House of the Rising Sun en français pour Johnny Hallyday sous le titre Le Pénitencier.

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gambling man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he is satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk
Oh, mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one


Real music, played by real musicians on real instruments


L’assassinat de John Fitzgerald Kennedy, trente-cinquième président des États-Unis, a lieu le vendredi 22 novembre 1963 à Dallas. Le cortège présidentiel traverse à vitesse réduite le centre de la ville ...


If you are offended by photos of somewhat scantily-dressed pretty women, do not scroll to the bottom of this page.

Nudity is not pornography. Respect art. Moderate censorship.

A different era.

The Dalai Lama: "The majority of people who openly say they are offended by the posts of pretty naked girls are usually the ones who secretly watch porn the most."

The hypocrisy of watching sexy photos without respecting the photographers who make these photos.

In 1978, nudity did not shock.

National Geographic (formerly the National Geographic Magazine, sometimes branded as NAT GEO) is the long-lived official monthly magazine of the National Geographic Society. It is one of the most widely read magazines of all time. Topics of features generally concern science, geography, history, and world culture. The magazine is well known for its distinctive appearance: a thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border and its use of dramatic photography. The magazine is published monthly. Additional map supplements are also included with subscriptions. It is available in a traditional printed edition and through an interactive online edition. National Geographic been published continuously since 1888, nine months after the foundation of the Society itself.
It's the Mecca of every photographer

1953, although not yet born, I already see myself as a photographer for Plaboy.
Playboy is an American men's press magazine founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner. He is known for his playmates and erotic photographs, but also for some of his quality articles.
Playboy is published in many countries, and a French version appeared between 1973 and 2011.

Well in 1984, I photograph Susan Schott, 1984 Playmate

Many thanks to David Macey for allowing me to participate in this Playboy shoot. Many thanks to Susan Schott.



Dans la nuit du 4 au 5 août 1962 disparaissait Marilyn Monroe, à son domicile de Brentwood (Los Angeles). Elle n'avait que 36 ans. Elle fut découverte inanimée, nue dans son lit, la main sur son téléphone, par son psychiatre Ralph Greenson, appelé par la gouvernante de l'actrice, Eunice Murray. Le médecin légiste conclut alors à un empoisonnement aux barbituriques et à un «suicide probable». Mais dès cette époque, émerge la thèse d'un complot pour assassiner la star.


Le Monde du silence is a French documentary film directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle between 1954 and 1955 and released for the first time in theaters in France in 1956, at the same time as his participation in the Cannes Film Festival, where he won the Palme d'Or. In 1957, in the United States, he won the Oscar for best documentary film.

La Grande Vadrouille est un film franco-britannique réalisé par Gérard Oury, sorti en 1966.
Avec plus de 17 millions de spectateurs lors de sa 1re exploitation en salles (de 1966 à 1975), le film demeure pendant plus de trente ans le meilleur score du box-office français toutes nationalités confondues (avant d'être dépassé par Titanic en 1998) et durant plus de quarante ans le plus grand succès d'un film français sur le territoire français, avant d'être dépassé par Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis de Dany Boon en avril 2008. Cependant, proportionnellement à la population française des deux époques, La Grande Vadrouille reste au premier rang. Il est à ce jour troisième au palmarès des films français les plus vus en France, précédé par Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis et Intouchables.


Fernand Raynaud

J'ai lu tous les "Club des 5" The famous 5 en anglais.
Aug. 23, 1966

The first photo of the Earth seen from space
For me: the most beautiful picture of all humanity

Le 08 mars 2021 : 2050 : Frédérique Gorsky first space tourist

Technical Explanation: Elon Musk predicted space tourism for the fourth quarter of 2021. In November 2020, four astronauts were successfully put into orbit by SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, before joining the International Space Station.
But I put this in 2050, because Frédérique is much further from the earth than the International Space Station ISS which sees only a small part of the terrestrial globe through its portholes.


Le dimanche 18 juillet 2021, je photographie l'exposition "Marc Riboud - Histoires possibles" au Musée Guimet.

La guerre du Viêt Nam (également appelée deuxième guerre d'Indochine) est une guerre qui se passe au Viêt Nam et oppose, de 1955 à 1975, d'une part la République démocratique du Viêt Nam (ou Nord-Viêt Nam) avec son armée populaire vietnamienne — soutenue matériellement par le bloc de l'Est et la Chine — et le Front national de libération du Sud Viêt Nam (dit Viet Cong), et d'autre part la République du Viêt Nam (ou Sud-Viêt Nam), militairement soutenue par l'armée des États-Unis appuyée par plusieurs alliés (Australie, Corée du Sud, Thaïlande, Philippines).
La guerre américaine d'Indochine ne fut jamais déclarée. Aussi l'année exacte de son commencement prête-t-elle à débat. On a pris l'habitude d'en attribuer la paternité
au président John F. Kennedy, qui à partir de 1961, y envoya plus de 15 000 conseillers militaires. Pourtant dès le milieu des années 1950, le Sud Viêt Nam connaît une situation insurrectionnelle. En 1998, le gouvernement fédéral des États-Unis détermine que les militaires américains tombés après le 1er novembre 1955 — date de la création du premier groupe de conseillers militaires américains au Sud Viêt Nam — peuvent être considérés comme morts durant la guerre du Viêt Nam. Ce n'est cependant qu'à partir de 1965 que les États-Unis interviennent massivement au Viêt Nam, après la résolution du golfe du Tonkin d'août 1964. La politique de contre-insurrection des États-Unis, accompagnée de bombardements massifs — notamment l'opération Rolling Thunder contre le territoire nord-vietnamien — échoue cependant à faire cesser la guérilla au Sud : l'offensive du Tết de 1968 confirme l'enlisement militaire du conflit vietnamien. Les opérations américaines contribuent au contraire à étendre les hostilités aux pays voisins : la guerre civile laotienne et la guerre civile cambodgienne deviennent des conflits annexes à la guerre du Viêt Nam.
Le conflit étant dans l'impasse et de plus en plus impopulaire dans l'opinion publique américaine, les accords de paix de Paris décident en 1973 du retrait militaire américain. En 1975, le Nord Viêt Nam réalise une offensive contre le Sud Viêt Nam et remporte la victoire : le pays, officiellement réunifié l'année suivante, devient la République socialiste du Viêt Nam. En même temps que le Viêt Nam, le Cambodge et le Laos deviennent eux aussi des pays communistes.

May 1968 in Paris

The events of May-June 1968, or more briefly May 68, designate a period during which student demonstrations take place, as well as general and wildcat strikes.
These events, triggered by a revolt of the student youth in Paris, then winning over the working world and most categories of population throughout the territory, constitute the most important social movement in the history of France in the twentieth century.
It is characterized by a vast spontaneous anti-authoritarian revolt ("here and now"), of a social, political and cultural nature, directed against capitalism, consumerism, American imperialism and, more immediately, against Gaullist power in square.
The events of May-June resulted in the death of at least seven people and hundreds of seriously injured in the clashes, both on the side of the demonstrators and the police.
Looking back over the years, the events of May-June 1968 appear to be a fundamental break in the history of French society, materializing a questioning of traditional institutions.

Obviously I am also slightly dyslexic.


Je suis fan de Charlie Chaplin.
En 1988, j'ai photographié les petites filles de Charlie, Carmen et Dolores, avec le grand Topolino comme maquilleur.

Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience

Some LPs of my youth.


Here are about 620 examples of my photographic event coverage since 1984, that is to say, 30 years. This is without counting those which my clients have requested that I do not show and photos that have been lost.

I know it's enormous.
No, I am not a photographic robot: my mother had me tested

This list begins with the compilations: Fashion & Models, Lingerie, Beauty, Makeup & Hair, Portraits, Events, Objects, Archi & Deco, Industry, Press, Celebrities, etc.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2021). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.

Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
I have loyal customers, a sign that they are satisfied with my services. Examples: Tollens, MEDEF, Dior, GMF, Unesco, L'oréal, Anaé, Agefiph, Essilor, Genzyme, Embassy Ireland, The Advertisers Club, Garmin, VW, etc. ...

Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.

In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!

Conclusion 3: Photography is my language

There is also a search command, not always up to date, but pretty comprehensive on all my reportages.

Due to manipulations between prisedevue.photos, prisedevue.photos and famousphotographer.com, some links may be broken. Sorry. I'm working on it !



Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.

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