Discussion over French Brands after the Return of Two Zodiac Heads

| May 10th, 2013

The following is a guest post by Philip via MarketingToChina.com, edited by Key



Last week, François-Henri Pinault, the head of the French luxury group Kering, returned two Zodiac sculptures of animal heads toward the Chinese people as a gift. In fact, Pinault, as well as the head of the French businessmen delegation and French President François Hollande who came to China during the same time.

And the return of the Zodiac heads seems to arouse Chinese people’s sensitive patriotic nerve and thus caused an interesting reaction to made-in-France on Weibo and BBS such as Tianya.


Rabbit head


Rat head

The first topic that heated discussed is the contract for 60 aircrafts between China’s CAS GTA and Airbus; following is the project of French carmaker Renault who plans to set up a factory in Wuhan to produce 150,000 vehicles per year.

Most people regarded this as a decent deal for the French as they posted online:


They gave us two water fossets (the two heads were used as fountains) and it means they can make easy money. They just signed contracts for 60 planes, factory project of 150,000 vehicles capacity and cooperation with China Guangdong Nuclear, where can you find a good business like that!


The political value of this return is more than value of cultural relics


I discover that some people are paranoia. For them, if French people don’t return the stolen goods, they are robbers and if they return, that’s for show…can you just take it and say thank you? What is the use of editorials and investigations…if we can care enough about our belongings at that time, will all these things happen?


Another topic attract many eyeballs of Chinese is the realization of “Versailles perfume” formula which was developed by Marie Antoinette in the 18th century, almost the same time as the construction of Old Summer Palace, where zodiac sculptures of animal heads settled. However, their destinies are totally different. And this cause people to think deeply:


To be honest, what French people did is admirable. They can revive something used hundreds of years ago; we can also reinvent ours like Guanyao porcelain and Ruyao procelain.

@冬季绝对冷: 房地产来钱多快啊,要什么历史,要什么自行车?可别让我老婆看到,看到又要我买了。

Real estate is fast money, what the use of history, or anything like that? Don’t let my wife see the  post, she will ask me to buy the perfume.

Source: Sina news, Tianya BBS, Weibo

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  1. voiceofhomer says:

    Chinese netizens are the shits of the east, big shitheads that needs a life.

    Whites don’t give you back anything without first making you kiss some whitey ass, get it.

    The whiteys look down on China and will stick it to the Chinese people ever which way.

    But not to other Asians, as below.

    “US to return more smuggled dinosaurs to Mongolia.

    The US is to return more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaur skeletons to Mongolia.

    The announcement follows the handing over to Mongolian officials on Monday of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar at a ceremony in New York.”

    • tk says:

      wow, so sad. you say others need a life? yet you’re the one actually wasting time reading and commenting to them, how sad is that?!!

      “The whiteys look down on China and will stick it to the Chinese people ever which way.”
      lol, what hole have you been living in? right now, they’re the ones kissing their asses, guess who needs money? the whiteys. guess who has the money? the chinese. you know what 1 + 1 is right?

      • voiceofhomer says:

        “Guidebook to self-immolation”-Evidence of hands behind the tragedies
        05-16-2013 21:22 BJT
        Read and cry.


        “wow, so sad. you say others need a life? yet you’re the one actually wasting time reading and commenting to them, how sad is that?!!”

        Yo bros, we are the only two, hehehehehehehehehehehehehelololololololololololol

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