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    Smile Gallic -->a Gallic shrug

    As the first lady of France, Carla Bruni no doubt dreaded the reaction when she confessed to a racy past.
    But after she told her husband Nicholas Sarkozy about the nude pictures of her about to hit the headlines, the French president simply gave a Gallic shrug. And asked for a print of his favourite pose.
    His sangfroid would certainly have reassured Miss Bruni, whose risque portfolio of pictures raised eyebrows in certain quarters.
    Hi! I am wondering what the connotation about Gallic is. Does it refer to the character of Gallic people don't care about anything?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Gallic -->a Gallic shrug

    •Bof (pronounced, roughly, bohff) — the famous Gallic shrug to deny knowledge or avoid agreement or responsibility. ...



    The "Gallic shrug" gesture has a number of meanings:

    • It's not my fault
    • I don't know
    • I doubt it can be done
    • I don't really agree
    Raise your shoulders; hold up your hands, palms out; stick out your lower lip; raise your eyebrows; and say "Moi, je n'y peux rien," "Moi, je n'en sais rien," "Alors lÓ," or simply "Bof!"
    See photo here Alors lÓ - Gestes franšais - French Gestures
    Last edited by Soup; 30-Jul-2008 at 10:45.

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    Smile Re: Gallic -->a Gallic shrug

    Hi Soup, thank you for your answer.

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