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Yes, he now spends much of his time in the south of France and probably had some Huguenot ancestors from 400 hundred years back who moved to Britain then Australia (at least one male line among probably 50 that is!) On that basis, yes, a French-Australian - what a laughably nonsensical description of an Aussie legend!DMC (talk) 15:29, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
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I just moved the following to the Australia-France Relations Page as it seems to fit better there. If that is inappropriate, please feel free to move it back:
French Influence on Australia
Perhaps France's strongest influence on Australia has been in the fields of viticulture and cheese-making, with Australian producers seeking to learn from established French makers.
In the field of painting, Australian impressionism was marginally influenced by the French movement. More significantly, Australian painters of the nineteenth century were influenced by the en plein air practices adopted by the French.
French music and chanson has had little influence on Australian music styles, despite the success of Australian musicians David Lewis (a member of the Paris Combo) and Tina Arena in France. Likewise, Australian film-makers have not readily adopted French cinematic styles such as nouvelle vague.
French novelists have little impact in Australia, partly due to delays in their works being translated. Avante-garde movements like the nouveau roman were never popular in Australia. More often, nineteenth century authors such as Victor Hugo have proven more popular.
French philosophers and psychoanalysts such as Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari. Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault have had a significant impact on the Cultural Studies departments of Australian universities, albeit they are invariably filtered heavily through American and Jewish academic influences first. More often than not, these academics' theories are applied in ways they have not been in France. For instance, Derrida and Lacan's theories have been used in Australian universities' Literature departments more often than they have in the academics' actual fields of study, most often with very eccentric results.
Politically, the relationship between France and Australia has remained strong throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries the exceptions being during the phase of French nuclear testing in the Pacific in the 1990s and in the aftermath of the French bombing of the Greenpeace boat, Rainbow Warrior, in New Zealand in the 1980s.
French is still one of the most commonly-taught languages at Australian high schools, though, as an optional course, very few students continue to study it through to completion. Thus, it is rare to find people who are truly fluent in the language.
188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:38, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
Note that I have nominated this page for translation into French as part of fr.wikipedia.org's "Australia" project (see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion_Projet:Australie#traduire ). Scatcat2009 (talk) 23:03, 23 June 2012 (UTC)