The hashtag #Listenburg has been at the top of the most searched on the social network Twitter since the beginning of the week. Behind this name hides a country on the border of Portugal and Spain. In any case, this is what a fake map published this Sunday by a French Internet user would have us believe.
A FNAC store in Listenbourg?
“I’m sure Americans don’t know the name of this country ptdrrr,” wrote Gaspardo (@gaspardooo), thus making fun of the supposed inferiority of Americans in geography. A joke that went viral. On Google, the number of searches for the term “Listenbourg” exploded.
And if the “Listenbourg” phenomenon has not weakened, four days after its creation, it is because theTwitter users (anonymous, brands, sports or political personalities) continue to maintain the virtual history of this fake country. So FNAC made sure to open its first store in Listenbourg. Home delivery app Deliveroo has announced that it is now serving listenbourgeois customers. And the operator Free promises a package that can be used in the fictional country.
And brands aren’t the only ones playing the game. The town of La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie) has announced a fake twinning with Osatri, a fake town located in a fake country.
The arrival of Listenbourg also did not escape political appropriation, coming from parties of all persuasions. That’s why Jean Lassalle (Let’s resist!) tells the story of a false encounter with listenbourgeois breeders. Olivier Faure (PS) welcomes the creation of the Socialist Party of Listenbourg. Manon Aubry (LFI) is concerned to see in the creation of the country, the discovery of a potential tax haven. And Eric Zemmour (Reconquest!), took advantage of the buzz to take on the theme of immigration in Listenbourg.
A trick that remains in the Franco-French moment. But that can, in the long run, cross borders. In any case, the virtual citizens of Listenbourg show great ambitions.