Just last year, the visit to Korea of Fleur Pellerin , an orphaned Korean infant who was adopted by a French couple, caused proud headlines to appear in the Korea press. After all, Ms Pellerin is the first-ever person of Korean birth to rise to ministerial status in France; in 2013, she was made minister delegate for SMEs in the government of Francois Hollande and Jean-Marc Ayrault.
How quickly things change. In the past week, Ms Pellerin, now Minister of Culture and Communications in a country that prides itself on culture above all else, has become the object of ridicule both in France and across the Channel. The reason? She admitted to the press that she has not read a novel in two years since joining the Hollande government, and—even worse—confessed that she is unfamiliar with the work of Patrick Modiano, the French recipient of this year’s Nobel prize for literature.
In a particularly benign take on the affair, The Guardian ran an article suggesting that everyone has moments when they cannot name something important or becomes confused when asked a cultural question. It further excused Mme Pellerin by pointing out that Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric was much worse.
We can all be charitable to Fleur, really, since even the best of us haven’t read something. In fact, no one has read everything.
The Latest Haps
The Busan International Ocean Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 2. Some streets on the marathon route will be closed.
The country’s top court has sentenced a South Korean man to 12 years in prison for attempting to murder the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.
The Kim Young-ran anti-graft law is taking in effect starting today. The law aims to prevent government employees and various officials from receiving bribes.
Busan Subway Lines 1, 2 and 3 have begun emergency services today due to a general strike of the Busan Metro Labor Union.
Busan will light up with K-Pop stars, food and culture for the month of October.
The tentative lineup for guests visiting the 21st Busan International Film Festival for the opening day on October 6th is near completion.
With the nation’s biggest shopping and cultural event “Korea Sale’s FESTA” beginning today, Busan’s distribution industries have begun participating in an all-out competition.
The Busan One Asia Festival is offering free admissions to Taste Busan and the Korean Wave Star & Beauty Collection for foreign guests at BEXCO.
BeFM’s “On the Road Busan” team invites you for a final FREE trip around the beautiful Busan Bay at the Wave Yacht Lounge Closing Party on Saturday, October 8th.
The Busan International Food Expo 2016 will be held in BEXCO from October 6th to the 9th.
The “2016 Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival” will begin on October 1st and end on the 16th at Jinju Namgang Ilwon.
A new survey by MasterCard shows that Seoul is once again the 10th most popular city for travel in the world.
Join forces for good and come participate in the 2016 Superhero Comic Dash! Presented by The H.U.G.S (Helping Us Grow to be Superheroes) Association.
Runners from around the world will gather at the 2016 Busan International Ocean Marathon on Oct. 2.