Discussion over French Products after the Return of Two Zodiac Heads




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 is as well the head of the French businessmen delegation with 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.


zodiac heads

zodiac heads


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


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


(I discover that some people got 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 the use of editorials and investigations…if we can care enough 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