Interview with Sarkozy's interpreter: fascinating and funny!
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Tom in London
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Jul 24, 2010

You can listen to this interesting (and funny) in-depth interview on the BBC World Service, here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p008p34g

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"President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy has sat at the top table of international politics for nearly three decades, but her name has hardly ever appeared in print. It is part of her job to know everything, but to tell no one. Amanda Galsworthy has been the official interpreter for three French Presidents, Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac and now Nicolas Sarkozy. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about some of the extraordinary situations she's found herself in as the President's mouthpiece."

I've found a picture of her in action:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/004QfpWbq63Zy

[Edited at 2010-07-24 16:40 GMT]


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kriddl  Identity Verified
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Thanks for sharing! Jul 24, 2010

I loved the part about the Neanderthal ambassador...

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Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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Thanks Tom Jul 24, 2010

Very enjoyable listening. What an articulate lady.

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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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Fascinating Jul 24, 2010

Very interesting and amusing: from being one of 4 children all brought up in different languages, the French being the only ones who feed their interpreters during meals, to the neanderthal ( or netherlands) ambassador.
When it is no longer the latest of "The Interview", it should be in the archive accessible here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsnh/episodes/player

Oliver


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Tom in London
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Vicious Jul 24, 2010

And what about Margaret Thatcher's vicious remark: "The son of a friend of mine has failed all his exams. So he's thinking of becoming an interpreter".

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Quite, Tom Jul 25, 2010

But our colleague is still working so can make no comment. I am looking forward to her memoires/autobiography!

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Geee... The stuff of journalists... Jul 25, 2010

BBC World Service said:

"... It is part of (Amanda Galsworthy's) job to know everything, but to tell no one. Amanda Galsworthy has been the official interpreter for three French Presidents, Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac and now Nicolas Sarkozy. ...


If her job was to tell no one everything, I guess it's little wonder the aforementioned French gentlemen so often seem(ed) to be out of touch with reality.

MediaMatrix


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Robert Tucker
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Tom in London wrote:

And what about Margaret Thatcher's vicious remark: "The son of a friend of mine has failed all his exams. So he's thinking of becoming an interpreter".


"Mightn't he do better as a politician?" is surely the apt reply!



[Edited at 2010-07-25 09:51 GMT]


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Cristina Popescu  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jul 26, 2010

Thanks a lot, Tom. Really enjoyable!

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John Farebrother  Identity Verified
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good if you can get it Jul 26, 2010

Tom in London wrote:



I've found a picture of her in action:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/004QfpWbq63Zy

[Edited at 2010-07-24 16:40 GMT]


Apt she's described as a translator.
How did she get the job in the first place?


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Interesting! Jul 26, 2010

Thanks for sharing, Tom!

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