Christmas came early to the Paris Saint-Germain football (soccer) club with the intensification of the rumors that super-star striker David Beckham will leave LA for PSG. Although the deal apparently won’t be inked until early January, many French are already up-in-arms about the salary, said to be 800,000 Euros a month for 18 months. Salary caps for executives had been a hot topic a while ago, but this stratospheric salary moved the issue from the back burner. French finance minister, Luc Besson, was untroubled, stating that 400,000 Euros a month would make its way into the coffers of the tax collector. Some question whether a 36 year-old player is worth that kind of money, while others assure that Becks will pay for himself through increased PSG product and ticket sales. If the deal goes through, the Beckham children would likely attend The British School in Paris, and some parents there are already complaining about the inconvenience of increased media attention as reporters camp out to photograph the famous parents coming and going with their offspring. What’s with all this grumbling? I’m sure the Avenue Montaigne boutiques will welcome Posh without reservation.
Today’s expression, le bruit court (luh brewee coor) literally means “the noise runs.” Figuratively, it means “rumor has it.” Hopefully, David Beckham will be able to run at least as fast as the rumors in order to earn all that money.