Maîtres mots

  • Il y a longtemps que notre pays est beau mais rude.

       --Newspaper editor Olivier Séguret, 25 January 2012

    The USA are entirely the creation of the accursed race, the French.

       --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writing to Nancy Mitford, 22 May 1957

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French Freedom of Speech

Today the cheminots are:

  • "À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
    "Voyager autrement"
    "Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
      --Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped

Fun French words

  • social

    (Warning: the French word social is a faux ami, or false friend. It does not mean "social" in English. It is used mainly to refer to union activity, public protests, or government programs. A plan social means mass layoffs.)

    Air France veut un accord avant janvier pour éviter le plan social.

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Today's quotation

  • Soon you will have forgotten the world, and soon the world will have forgotten you.

      --Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180) in his Meditations (Book Seven)

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • Six employees of Air France have been arrested after violence last week against two human resources managers who had the unpleasant task of announcing that 2500+ jobs would be lost. Politicians Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Party of the Left), Cécile Duflot (ex-Ecology Minister), and Pierre Laurent (French Communist Party) immediately denounced the arrests. "What a day of mourning! Four employees arrested for 'an act of struggle'," said Mélenchon. His party said that it was "ashamed of this administration, which continues to criminalize union activity."

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