Robber found half-naked in French beauty salon

Robber found half-naked in French beauty salon

The man had stripped down to his underwear before falling asleep. Photo: Enrique Lin/Flickr

Robber found half-naked in French beauty salon

Published: 20 Aug 2015 14:36 GMT+02:00

A 29-year-old man was midway through robbing a beauty salon in Roanne, near Lyon in central France, when he apparently fell asleep. In his underwear. On a massage table.
The baffling series of events was reported by the local Le Progrès newspaper then confirmed to the AFP news agency by a police official.

French won’t speak English

It's a myth the French won't speak English

‘Hello sir, what can I get you?’ Photo: AFP

It’s a myth the French won’t speak English

Published: 10 Aug 2015 17:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Aug 2015 17:28 GMT+02:00

The French have somewhat of a reputation for their bad “eengleesh”, and if you read the news you’ll see why.
One report in November found that the French were the worst at English in the whole of the EU. “Improving the country’s English skills is not a subject of national debate,” the report said.
And then you have the country’s president helping to cement the view that the French are hopeless at English when he made international headlines by signing off a letter to Barack Obama with the words: “Friendly, Francois Hollande”.

Army developing voice translator

Army language translator Africa

Soldiers test the SQ.410 Translation System in July in Vicenza, Italy.

The Army is currently developing a two-way handheld translation device that can be used by soldiers in the field when deployed in foreign countries, starting with deployments in Africa.

The SQ.410 Translation System made by VoxTec is currently programmed with nine languages and does not require a cell network or an Internet connection the Army said in a release. The device, which is designed to be worn on the chest for hands-free operation, will repeat a soldier’s spoken words in English and display them on the screen, so the soldier can be sure the voice recognition is accurate. The system then provides written and spoken translations in the other language, the Army said. It also can be used to record conversations.

Defense systems