Interview: Loic Bruni - 'The Future is So Blurry & Unpredictable That I Do Not Really Know What to Do'

Mar 30, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
It was oh so tense in the hot seat but the lengthy wait was worth it in the end for Loic Bruni.

We last spoke with Loic Bruni after an exciting finish to the World Cup season in Snowshoe, West Virginia, where he clinched the overall by a slim 40-point margin. Coming into the 2020 season, all eyes were going to be on the Frenchman. Instead of brushing off the cobwebs and competing in what would have undoubtedly been an exciting start to the season in Lousa two weeks ago, the World Champion is stuck at his parents' home in France, with no clear plan for when the season will start. Bruni talks about his feelings coming into the season, the frustrations of not being able to ride, and how it's difficult to stay motivated when the race schedule is up in the air.

How were you feeling coming into the 2020 season?

It was a bit weird to be honest, starting early after such a crazy season in 2019. I had a mixed feeling between confidence and doubts on being ready or not. I always see so many videos of other riders and I feel like they go faster than me. Then you get to the races and it's suddenly a little more even. I realize I trained hard and smartly, but serenely, and I might have stayed in the zone too much. A few weeks prior to Lousã, I started to hit everything harder and then I felt ready. I was in a delicate position, everyone wants to beat me now. There are not as many people stoked for me when I win as there was a few years ago, and I feel this position. Last year I was hunted for most of the season and I barely held on as I have never been in that position before.

Loic Bruni into the finish on his gold medal run

The moment it was all decided. Danny Hart crosses the line and punts Amaury Pierron out of the hot seat meaning Loic Bruni wins the title. You couldn t make it up.
A long awaited first World Cup championship for the four time World Champ. What a season for Loic Bruni

What were your first thoughts when you heard that the first round of the World Cup is canceled?

I kinda felt it coming, there were other events around the world cancelled. So I can't say I was fully surprised. At first, I was a bit light about it, I had few more weeks to prepare. Then the next days it escalated really quick in Europe and everything started to fall apart and shut down. Same for my mind, at that moment, I knew I was not controlling what was happening and that first race postponing came after such a solid winter, living towards that goal and training hard, going to wet places to ride mud, designing kits... Everything was suddenly cut off. So frustration came and it was hard.

What are you going to be doing instead of racing in the next couple of weeks?

Well now, our next race is Andorra, and it is not sure yet. The future is so blurry and unpredictable that I do not really know what to do. For sure staying fit is important but I don't know how to train and for when, so there is no point right now to prepare for something uncertain. The plan is to respect the confinement as much as possible and avoid getting anyone close ill.

The overall leader Loic Bruni heads back to the safety of the pits after track walk.
Weathering the storm with family in France.

How are you staying motivated?

Motivation is the hardest thing to find in my brain nowadays. To be honest, in the long run, I am motivated to race again, but right now I am not motivated. I am trying to enjoy time with the family but after days and days, I am a little over it. Socially, it's mainly through Instagram that I talk to people, not the same. Man, it is hard.

Loic Bruni and Trot Brosnan after taking gold and silver

What is your situation like in France?

Well, normally I live in Andorra but I decided to be with the family instead of alone there for I don't know how many weeks. So I am staying at my parents' house during this confinement period, I am lucky because they have a nice house and I made a home gym ages ago there so I can train there. The garden is massive but smaller when you are limited to it. Malene [Degn] went back to Denmark where they can still ride outside, alone, but still ride. Here you can only go out for 1 hour and 1km away from your home. If not you can get a fine going from 135€ to 3500€ if you get caught more than once.

What has and hasn't changed with your training?

Everthing has changed, apart from the gym maybe, but we still have to restart from scratch because the build-up to the season has been totally wasted. Technically there is not much I can do to practice MTB skills, speed, commitment or whatever. I can not even clean trails. So it's mainly a physical maintenance plan at the moment. I am training on the PlayStation though!

Loic Bruni

Loic Bruni looked pinned form the start and ready to battle Amaury Pierron for the overall title this weekend
Loic Bruni may not have qualified fastest today but he s more than happy with his days work having extended his overall lead again.

How are you dealing with changing flights and accommodations?

That is not my part of the job so I don't know what's up with that. I am assuming it is hard for the team managers to cancel everything, probably losing money in the process, and have to be reactive whenever we will have news on the new dates. So many companies and businesses are gonna lose money. I hope we are done as soon as possible with this shit.

What are you doing to protect yourself from getting the virus?

It's 24/7 on TV so I do like most of us, follow the rules. I stay at home. I am really trying to respect that. My sister is a nurse and she tells me every day how delicate the situation is at the hospital, so I don't wanna be a dick. At the same time, our government does not know what to do, they change their speech every second day. I think it is not easy to take the right decisions, in any case, many people will die. I just hope they learn from this crisis and stop f*cking it up even more, just like they have been doing so far.

That number 1 looks to be staying on the front of Loic Bruni s Specialized for the remainder of the season.


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 Loic: Our goverment doesn't know what to do, they change their speed every second day

Trump: Hold my beer
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 ScoMo: Hold my boomerang.
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 ....hold my keg. 12oz can't contain the amount of bumbling stupidity coming from that idiot.
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 @Wamprat: You fullas wanna borrow our PM? your's is cooked
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 Boris : hold my cough cough shiver cough wash your hands
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 To be fair no one can completely understand how long or how bad the situation is going to get. World leaders try their best, with taking advice from their educatedely guessing doctors and scientists but in the end no one has a crystal ball.. which means improvisation and an ability to adapt, and change will be often
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 @ibishreddin: Stop spoiling our fun with your reason and logic.
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 @ibishreddin: are you referring to covid or Trump?
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 AMLO: Bitch pleaaaaaaaase!
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ScoMo: I'm on Smoko, leave me alone.
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 @onemind123: ahahahahahahahahhaha. P R I C E L E S S
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 @ckcost: Trump said "people will die that have never died before"
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 @commentsectiontroll: He's a f*cking floppy haired muppet who can't even follow his own rules. What chance do we have with him in charge.
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 @aer0: Shes not on loan
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 @aer0: nah, we'll battle on in Aus mate. Can't be that good with so many Kiwis in Aus.
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 @aer0: Right after we send you all home, and you realise that on energy and in all other policy you cant afford it and are now a socialist nation.
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 If the current World (Cup) Champ is demotivated, imagine the rest of the mortals...
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 I like Bruni's honesty here. Not trying to front and flex....just calling it how it is.
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 @ckcost: Yes true, love the guy... so I´m going to be honest too:
Funny while I am getting up voted for this comment, I am not really demotivated, I kinda learned how to focus in other quiet/individual stuff to not let my balance depend on the bike/insta/racing/people... so I recommend everyone too. (Looks like Gwin is very good at it.. but when you are so young it might get easier to get trapped in)
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 @PauRexs: True, true! Ohh, kids these days...
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 Well at the end of the day, he's just another mortal...
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 same remark as @ckcost

Loïc Bruni is often brutally honest with his doubts or motivations issues while others athletes would just be sandbagging in interviews. I like reading hist interview for this reason.
  • 59 2
 I blame Carol f*ckin Baskin.
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 This comment is not upvoted enough!
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 What's under the foundation Carol? Corona bugs and trail closures??
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 That b*tch!
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 Yeah so...I hear you Bruni, its though for all of us.Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us but blaming “they” for f*cking it up? Whos they?

Unfortunately I think its us, as a collective who f*cked it up...Its our way of life, money driven, unsustainable, taking from animals, from the earth and we dont even pay attention to all the several warning flags.

I’m afraid that if we don’t significantly alter that way of life it will happen again...and maybe this time the virus wont be just a “mild” flu symptoms but something way more deadly...

Lets hope we can put this all this behind soon enough.
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 No it the idiot who decided to eat the fucking bat that is to blame.
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 Blame the chinese government and world health organization bud. they're the ones that covered up the severity of the virus in February and encouraged travel
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 Pandemics are inevitable with a global economy
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 Looks like a barelli comment ^^
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 @calebscott: Exactly, it could have been contained before it left China. Unless it is what they wanted...
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 @fartymarty: you ignore the fact that our supply chain is heavily dependent on China and we are still actively reading with them.... the virus was going to make it here one way or another, quit being dumb, this isn’t the first pandemic
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 @mkotowski1: Agreed we are dependent but if countries had acted quicker it would have been eaiser to contain.
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 @fartymarty: I feel like most countries have been slow to respond, clearly world leaders were more worried about slowing the economy vs. listening to experts early advice
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 @mkotowski1: agreed. If they had of acted 6 weeks ago we could have nipped this in the bud in a maybe month and been back to normal in maybe 2. Who knows now.

Anyway enough doom + gloom, hope you can still ride where you are. We can still get out but 2 people max at 2m which is better than not being able to ride at all.
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 I thought he was clear that 'they' are the French government. Like, that is what he says.
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 @fartymarty: sure. How's your hat?
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 We're in for the long haul with this bloody virus
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flag dexterfawkes (Mar 30, 2020 at 12:06) (Below Threshold)
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 @dexterfawkes: I’d downvote your comment even if you we’re right.
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flag dexterfawkes (Mar 30, 2020 at 12:18) (Below Threshold)
 @sdurant12: down-vote*
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flag dexterfawkes (Mar 30, 2020 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 @dexterfawkes: your a peice of shit
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flag dexterfawkes (Mar 30, 2020 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 @turco999: you are**
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 @dexterfawkes: dude, go back to bed.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2020 at 12:51) (Below Threshold)
 @beanandcheeseburrito: No wonder there saying that having a sense of tumor is a prime sign of intelligence... my boss keeps telling me that my biggest problem as project manager I have too much faith in humans. Indeed thread like this makes me feel that world is full of morons. @dexterfawkes - one man makes a half funny comment, so far 35 twats decided to downvote him. I take one happy idiot over 35 bitter twats
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 @WAKIdesigns: did you just assume my gender?
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Your awesome
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 @beanandcheeseburrito: Right?! Somebody needs a nap...
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 This was a good read. Obviously unfortunate due to the subject and circumstances. But it's so relevant. Not being able to ride or socialize has been very challenging for me and I have been feeling pretty lost. I'm all for keeping things positive and I feel like most pro athletes have taken that stance which has been inspiring. I guess in a way it was nice to hear even the top dogs are struggling with the same problems as us average joe's.
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 "I hope we are done as soon as possible with this shit."

That just about sums up what most of us are thinking.
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 As shite as the whole situation is, there are a few things I’ve tried i wouldn’t usually have had time to do, so far this week I’ve tried a beginners yoga class and done PE with my 4yr old both through YouTube videos.
Not to mention the gardening and household jobs I would have usually wasted a regular day off doing.
On a whole though I think I would keep the social distancing part permanently going forward, far too many space invaders out there!
In all seriousness, stay safe out there everyone and Godspeed Loic I Hope it gets a bit better your end really soon.
  • 5 1
 I finished the end level boss of watch all the Seths Bike Hacks vids
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 @commentsectiontroll: Now on to the Berm Peak Express expansion pack?
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 @McArdle: ditto on the yoga and quite enjoy it.
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 @fartymarty: Yeah, same we both did it this morning and I’m enjoying it so far, it’s definitely better solo tho as it’s not the same when my little boy sees it as a time to attack and try out his new Hulk moves! ????
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 Feeling frustrated and unmotivated myself! Respect to Loic for honoring shelter in place. Hard to do when you are used to not thinking twice about leaving the house. I quit working 2 weeks ago as my wife is due first week of April. Crazy times for sure. So looking forward to this being over. Makes you appreciate “non-pandemic” earth a lot more. Stay safe everyone!
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 This is a good practice for all the staying at home you will be doing very soon with the new little one! Start packing on the lbs now, its good warm-up.
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 He is such a great interview and honest and open. Speaks like a person struggling - not someone just giving the ‘line’.
Thank you Loic. Very thankful for your openness!
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 Loic, you’ve got a garden and being French, you’ve probably got some trials grounding already. So, get a Monty ( slap a Spesh sticker on it if you’re filming it) and get riding again!

Alternatively, build a mini ramp and get a bmx.
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 I think I lost the count of the days since all this shit started...I cover my bike with a blanket to forget about riding in this time. It is more likely we must stay at home another month or so. 15 days or more walking the dog around the house and walking less than 200 meters to the shop,that´s all.
Get o home trainer if you can guys and forget about MTB for a few months.
If your countries are not affected, take a ride in my name plz!!!!
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 For what its worth I'm getting some at home enjoyment watching replays of Loic and all the other top riders race. Nothing puts a smile on the face like watching the blinding speed and skill of the UCI's top male and female riders send it down a crazy course. On the plus side most of you will be on the same footing when the season finally starts and think of the heckling. With all that pent up energy the fans will be sending you down that track at Super Bruni speeds for sure.
  • 3 0
 It would be amazing if Bruni came back to the first WC round with big ass beer belly barely held in by a fox jersey and won!!! First Fantasy Pick FTW!!!
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 They didn't even mention the world class spinning sessions held insta live by Bruni every friday noon ! Shame !
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 Com'on Lolo a bit of french humour, think about frend, find a routine and thing about the little thing you ever wonder to change... and enjoy family and life
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 Why does he have his öhlins suspension so dialed in! How?
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 Loic unfiltered! Get em!
On another note, living in Andorra would be f*ucking awesome.
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 Andorra has highest cases per capita of anywhere in Europe, and 3rd in the world last I checked.
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 Probably because they have a small population and enough test kits. This C19 is everywhere in huge numbers that will never be counted until the first wave dies down and we have Herd Immunity and antibody test kits. I still want to retire in Andorra and vacation on Madeira.
  • 2 0
 The Canadian nailed it . Too many humans .
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 Best luck for Bruni guys a class act.
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 I love Pinkbike comments. The world's problems discussed in depth.
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 Just ride your bike, dude! Don’t always have to be “training!”
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 Chin up
Bruni ———we are all feeling it !
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 "The plan is to respect the confinement as much as possible". Respect it entirely, like the rest of us.
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 I don’t think he was implying that he was above the law or anything.
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 Should change your name to cornholio and go find some TP
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 He's right, Macron is an ass !
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flag BenPea (Mar 30, 2020 at 14:52) (Below Threshold)
 The sooner Germany runs everything the better.
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 @BenPea: so your saying the English should of stayed at home and not saved your arses twice?
  • 16 0
 @Emu-Jon: If someone fancies invading Britain to save us from ourselves, that would be f*cking great right now.
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 @L0rdTom: maybe time to send ze Germans a wee message...
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 @BenPea: As long as you don't include the Dutch (they don't need it anyway), we'll be happy to join and provide you with a capital city.
Or we can just start calling what's left of this Europe thing 'New Germany'.
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 @BenPea: maybe once we're over this WW2 thing. Never, that is.
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 @BenPea: or Sweden who aren't on lockdown because they live sensibly.
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 @Emu-Jon: I love lifting up logs in the woods to look at the creepy crawlies wriggle about when exposed to the light.
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 @nicolai7: high level politician right here! Macron and all world leaders are waiting for your advices, please save us
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 Ze Germans will fix it - just wait!
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 @L0rdTom: Here here, I would vote for that. WE ARE f*ckING DOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!

but at least we can make a descent steel bike.
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 @fartymarty: Are the Swedes mass testing, because @WAKIdesigns seemed to think their strategy would be catastrophic, and he pretty much knows everything.
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 @BenPea: we aren’t.
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 @BenPea: I think Norwegian Gov is sweating a bit at this moment as their number of cases is higher than Sweden, despite same testing protocols, same take off time for pandemic and less than a half of population of Sweden. Danes are not exactly having a pandemic slowing down either - time shall tell. I am proud to be a part of Swedish experiment! I am also proud of Swedes keeping it cool and staying away from
each other much more than before even though nobody really thought it was possible. Restaurants serving lunches are getting a slight boost compares to two weeks ago, many are coming and buying take away. Just a pity Volvo panicked and sent lots of people home.
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 @WAKIdesigns: we'll see. Maybe Swedes just have better DNA.
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 @BenPea: nah. I love Norway. A bit harder relationship with Denmark though...
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 @WAKIdesigns: hang on, Sweden has 5-6 times the number of deaths as Norway with the same number of infections.
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 @BenPea: yeah that’s weird. Glad for them. As for Sweden Today they said every third elderly home in Stockholm has cases of Covid so... sorry for being so not empathetic but... it’s going to go South from here. It hasn’t even really come to Gothenburg yet. I guess international style lock down is only days away
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 @WAKIdesigns: saying we're in the shit doesn't indicate a lack of empathy, just realism
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 @zede: I'm 46 years old. I might not be president, I know to be a strong country you need strong public service, like education et healthcare. But since you know so much about France, i'm sure you know under Macron budget have been dropping on both, I'm sure you're awre that the emergency service is on strike for more than a year saying they don't have enough bed and nurses and money. So ya I'm not a president, but I know you don't run a country like you run a company ! So I'm fully untittled to call him an ass !
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 @nicolai7: "I know to be a strong country you need strong public service, like education et healthcare." lol so I guess germany, US, China are not strong countries ?
The reason France is falling apart is the people AND the leaders. Blaming the leaders when the people spend all their f time whining and trying to cheat a system that is already way too nice to them is a bit of a joke. Money does not fall from the sky and when you spend it all to give free healthcare to everyone, including drug dealers fighting for power, people injuring themselves while drunk, or quidams going to the ER because they have a broken nail, or to offer almost free education to students that fail their semesters 4 times in a row, then yeah, there is no more money to pay nurses.
Now of course a leader with political courage could improve things, but if a shitload of morons f*ck up the country when you increase the price of oil, I can't imagine what would happen if EM had actually taken a courageous decision.
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