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Microsoft CEO's Joie de Vivre

Published on October 7, 2009
by Andrew LaVallee

He dances. He romances operating systems. He crushes iPhones (not really).

And, it turns out, he speaks the language of love.

Steve Ballmer charmed a crowd of executives and government ministers in Issy-Lex-Moulineaux, France, Tuesday, with a 10-minute speech in their language, the Associated Press reported.

The Microsoft (MSFT) chief executive was there for the opening of the company’s new headquarters and research center. “I thank you for coming here to celebrate an important date for our company and its relations with France. It’s so important that I am daring to speak to you tonight in the language of Moliere,” he said, in what the AP called “careful, well-pronounced French.”

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