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Old November 30th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #8941
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I think most French people would have a hard time in listing all countries that border their own.
Well, not that much. Here they are: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Andorra, the Netherlands (in St Martin), Suriname and Brazil.

Voilà !
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Old November 30th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #8942
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And the UK in the Channel Tunnel.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #8943
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Well, not that much. Here they are: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Andorra, the Netherlands St Maarten, Suriname and Brazil.

Voilà !
Almost right.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #8944
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And the UK in the Channel Tunnel.
And do not forget the nautical borders
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Old November 30th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #8945
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And do not forget the nautical borders
Well, France has maritime borders with: Belgium, the UK, Jersey (UK), Guernesey (UK), Spain, Monaco, Italy, Canada, Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat (UK), St Lucia, Venezuela, St Martin (Netherlands), Anguilla (UK), Suriname, Brazil, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Australia, Fidji, Norfolk Island (Australia), Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Pitcairn Islands (UK), Kiribati, Samoa, Tokelau (New Zealand), Tonga, Tuvalu and Heard Island & McDonald Islands (Australia).

Voilà !

Hope I didn't miss anyone. (IMHO, enough neighbours to create the "France and its Neighbours Games" )

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Old November 30th, 2013, 06:35 PM   #8946
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In Spanish "selva" means a dark forest, something like if you are in the jungle or so.
Same in portuguese.
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Old November 30th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #8947
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Brazil/Paraguay





Foz do Iguaçu(Brazil) to Paraguay by street view.




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Old November 30th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #8948
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Old November 30th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #8949
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Brazil/Argentina Bridge

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Old November 30th, 2013, 09:03 PM   #8950
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I have heard, that e.g. high school leaving examination took place in every French territories at once, at one exact time. It means 2.00 AM in French Guyana. Is that true, or is it just a rumour?
It make sense. Otherwise French-Guyanese students would be able to e-mail their collegues in France mètropolitaine, who already did the exam and have the solutions.
However it would feel extremely strange for me to have an exam (or any kind of bureocratic procedure) in the middle of the night.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 12:35 AM   #8951
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Is 'aduana' Brazilian Portuguese for customs?

Until last year some of the exams in Hong Kong were still shared with the UK and the same so-called exam bodies were used, and in theory you could get in severe trouble if you posted on forums like 'The Student Room' too much about the exams until they were over in Hong Kong. In reality such posts were just deleted quickly.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:19 AM   #8952
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Mexico - United States border:

The Tijuana Airport (Mexico) and several industrial buildings in San Diego (USA)



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Nov. 17, 2013 7:55 p.m. ET

SAN DIEGO—This city has spent decades looking for ways to expand its cramped, one-runway airport. Today the region is edging closer to a solution, but it comes with a catch: It's in Mexico.

Developers backed by a group of U.S. and Mexican investors said they are close to breaking ground on [b]a privately owned pedestrian bridge that would allow Americans and foreign travelers to cross the border directly into and out of Tijuana's General Abelardo L. Rodriguez International Airport, or TIJ.



A razor-wire fence separates the airport in Tijuana, Mexico, from California. Developers aim to build a pedestrian bridge to make it more accessible. Sandy Huffaker for The Wall Street Journal

It's not a done deal, but if the final hurdles are cleared, the for-profit project—whose investors include real-estate mogul Sam Zell—would be the latest in a series of border improvements that have strengthened the economic ties between the neighboring cities.

The project has been in the planning phases for years. It has approvals from both the U.S. and Mexican federal governments and has overcome most permitting and environmental obstacles.

But other important steps remain. One is financing. The other is crafting an arrangement with the U.S. government that would clear the way for the private facility to be staffed with public employees from U.S. Customs and Border Protection . . . .

The bridge would have a crossing fee of roughly $13 to $17, investors said, and the facility would feel much like a modern airport terminal. The first phase, projected to cost around $50 million, includes retail shops and an adjacent parking lot.

But a terminal this is not. Passengers going to TIJ from the U.S. wouldn't be able to check in until they have hauled themselves and their bags across the football-field-long crossing into the actual airport.

And there won't be any kind of special border-crossing treatment, aside from the obvious convenience of having a direct crossing between the U.S. and Tijuana's airport. U.S. customs will be at the base of the bridge on the U.S. side. Mexican customs will be on the other side in Mexico . . . .

Otay-Tijuana Venture said its market research shows that of the roughly 4 million people who fly into and out of TIJ each year, more than half cross the border one way or the other. That includes Mexicans traveling into and out of the U.S. as well as many Southern Californians who use TIJ for travel . . . .

The TIJ flights are much cheaper than in the U.S., Mr. Carlin said, and the airport has far more direct flights to the interior of Mexico . . . .
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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:23 AM   #8953
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I have heard, that e.g. high school leaving examination took place in every French territories at once, at one exact time. It means 2.00 AM in French Guyana. Is that true, or is it just a rumour?

Except Réunion Island (the time zone there being Paris +2hours in June) where indeed it's true + maybe Mayotte ..but for the rest, AFAIK it's obviously a rumor, since first of all the examination questions are not the same in Metropolitan France as in overseas France & abroad.
Secondly, in some French overseas territories and in most of French schools abroad, the Baccalauréat (A level/end of high school diploma), doesn't even take place the same week (or month) as for the schools in Metropolitan France. For example, in some southern hemisphere territories, such as New Caledonia, it takes place in November (instead of June in Metropolitan France).

Here is the Baccalauréat schedule in overseas France and for the French schools abroad:

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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:26 AM   #8954
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We say xenos.
Yep, the root word for xenophobia, along with φόβος (fear), meaning "fear of foreign(er)"
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Old December 1st, 2013, 12:09 PM   #8956
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In Brazil, another "pare" signal,

are they quite often?
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Are there any remnants of border checks of interwar-Poland?
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Except Réunion Island (the time zone there being Paris +2hours in June) where indeed it's true + maybe Mayotte ..but for the rest, AFAIK it's obviously a rumor, since first of all the examination questions are not the same in Metropolitan France as in overseas France & abroad.
Secondly, in some French overseas territories and in most of French schools abroad, the Baccalauréat (A level/end of high school diploma), doesn't even take place the same week (or month) as for the schools in Metropolitan France. For example, in some southern hemisphere territories, such as New Caledonia, it takes place in November (instead of June in Metropolitan France).

By the way... in Spain when there are major sport venues that must be played at the same time or so, Canary islands matches start one hour in advance just to coincide in the time with the rest of the territory.

But... in a poll day, you can vote 9:00 to 20:00. The same timetable in Canary but with local time.
It is forbidden to give any result or queries before 20:00. At that time all TV and media will give first results but never one second before.
Between 20:00 and 21:00 they have to put a different program in Canary islands due to polling stations remains opened...
That has no sense because now with internet any citizen from there can see first results in the rest of the country while polling stations keep still open.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 05:41 PM   #8959
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A border crossing from Latvia into Lithuania:



As you can clearly see, both are modern 21st century European Union countries. There are such luxuries as actual asphalt and (although broken) streetlights! But only on Latvian side...
Besides the boundary post, nothing says that it's a border crossing.
The only road sign is Latvia's "You are entering Jelgava region".
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Old December 1st, 2013, 05:57 PM   #8960
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By the way... in Spain when there are major sport venues that must be played at the same time or so, Canary islands matches start one hour in advance just to coincide in the time with the rest of the territory.

But... in a poll day, you can vote 9:00 to 20:00. The same timetable in Canary but with local time.
It is forbidden to give any result or queries before 20:00. At that time all TV and media will give first results but never one second before.
Between 20:00 and 21:00 they have to put a different program in Canary islands due to polling stations remains opened...
That has no sense because now with internet any citizen from there can see first results in the rest of the country while polling stations keep still open.
As a bit of a politics junkie, I know that in Francethey have areas on time zones west of continental France (Guyana, Guadeloupe...) vote on Saturday instead of Sunday so that the polls on the mainland are the last ones to close so that the media can report the result at that point.

Canada used to sort of blockade results on broadcast media - 20 years ago, the US cable channel that primarily covers Congress (C-SPAN) was promising coverage from the CBC on the evening of a Canadian election but they ended up not showing anything until 11 p.m. Eastern time, when polls closed on the West Coast. I think they've sort of given up on that since the Internet's made it pointless. (They could try to block websites, but there'd be a free speech issue and I think the Supreme Court of Canada has said as much....)

(Which reminds me, French-language websites in Belgium and Switzerland during the last French elections were heavily promoting the fact that they'd have the results before they could be legally released in France, claiming they were not obligated to respect French law on that point and had a right to inform their Belgian and Swiss readers... then pretending to be shocked when the abnormal increase in traffic to their sites during the hour or so before France's polls closed practically crashed them. On le Monde's forum, some of us were coming up with inventive ways of hinting at what we'd seen on those sites and seeing how long the mods would leave it up there. All a bit ridiculous.)

US media can't be prohibited from communicating what they know - the First Amendment and all - but for several decades they've been self-censoring: not reporting results from any state before that state's polls have closed.
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