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

  • pieds-nickelés

    (mediocre criminals)
    Etymology: from an early French comic strip, Les pieds nickelés. The explanation is varied: feet made of nickel could be too delicate or precious to work, or too shiny and clean.

    Révélations sur les pieds nickelés du KGB. Les espions russes opérant en Grande-Bretagne à la fin des années 40 étaient "alcooliques" et "incompétents", révèlent des documents transmis aux autorités britanniques par un ancien archiviste du KGB.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    Pro-Palestine demonstrators in Paris. New big demonstration planned for Saturday 26 July.

    CGT union members of the Intermittents du spectacle, or show biz people (who benefit from a more favorable unemployment scheme than all other unemployed people), on strike against the festival Chalon dans la rue.

    Intermittents du spectacle, maintaining their strike warning for all of August, but meanwhile, going on a long vacation ("pause estivale")

    Corsican CGT union workers at the Schindler elevator factory, on strike since April 22. They want to be paid the same subsidy as their colleagues in Paris. The company says Paris is much more expensive than Corsica and that's why it pays the subsidy there. The workers say that living on an island should warrant a subsidy too.


    Public sector

    post office workers in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, who have been on strike for more than two months. Guess which union!

    CGT union workers of Air France, calling for a ground strike on Saturday 2 August, not coincidentally one of the biggest travel days of the year in France. Passengers must be made miserable!

Go back to school in Paris!

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The obvious answer would be "so they look like they are covered in snow !".
But today it's like 10°C outside here in Paris so I doubt it has been snowing

Therefore my answer would be: "No the Tchernobyl cloud didn't cross our frontier"

Serioulsy why do they even sell those ?

Hi !

/*/Serioulsy why do they even sell those ?/*/

One reason is to sell damaged/stale/dry trees. By hiding the defects in a white goo, the distributor/seller can ensure that such a tree is not a total loss. If he/she manages to sell it, of course. (smile)

Another reason might be that a lot of people appreciate the "traditional Victorian Christmas" – the one so often depicted with snow, sleighs, and roaring Yule logs.

These images date from when Europe was emerging from the "Little Ice Age", which lasted from 1550 to about 1850. The Victorians were particularly nostalgic for the mini-Ice Age of the 1790s, when the Thames froze over. A snowy tree, undecorated, is in keeping with that nostalgia. (smile)

Best,
L'Amerloque

Well, I have lived in some very snowy places, and real trees in the snow, of course, are nothing like the poisonous-looking things for sale in Paris. They don't have snow sticking to the underside of their branches, for one thing.

Here are some real ones:

http://www.lincolnmaine.us/large_images/snowy_yard.jpg

Interesting theory, though, about the bad trees! And maybe if someone had never seen snow, they would think the chemical snow looked sweet. I suspect these chemically coated trees are going out of style, anyway. I don't seem to see as many as ten years ago.

Wow, this post made my day.
I was born and raised in Biarritz, which is located in the south western tip of France. We barely got any snow down there... Maybe a few snow flakes once every few years.
Then, to make matters worse, we moved to the Carribeans where snow was inexistant. We really didn't know what a snow covered christmas tree should have looked like, but every year my mother would buy a tree just like that picture.

I've been living in Iowa/Minnesota for the last 6 years, so I basically live in snow.
I now realize how ugly those trees where. Thank you for posting that picture, it brought back good memories...kind of.

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote "Thirty tons of snow are forecast to fall today in the balmy Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach." I nearly had a heart attack. Turns out it's all fake snow:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/yee5vn
Nothing beats the real snow.

Hi Sedulia !

Actually it's a bit more than theoretical. (smile) Once, when Amerloque was out a Christmas tree farm choosing a family sapin for the forthcoming festivities, he saw the farmer fellows flocking a really sick-looking, browning tree. (grin)

Hence Amerloque extrapolated that when a tree is, er, deficient, it's covered in white goo.

Best,
L'Amerloque

the snow on the threes can still be found esaily!
a new release of the tree with snow could be found last year: red snow on some trees!
I'm going to check whether some of those are still 'fashionable' this year!

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