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  • 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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I can't argue with you. Someone seems to think we customers want a song-and-dance more than the basic hours and address info I tend to be looking for.

doesn't have any

You're right! It doesn't! Awesome. That makes one!

Part of the problem is that broadband internet is so common in Paris, the web developers may not realize how slowwwwwwly their dumb animations load elsewhere.

But why anyone is still doing an "Enter" page in this day and age-- ça me dépasse.

So true... An example is: is one of the retarded websites, where if you sign up and post your property on and then try contacting others, it does not work! And if you are contacted by someone else, you can NOT contact them! Then what is the point using that stupid website!? And their "support" never responds!

Same here, I've spent the last 4 hours trying to get the district selection on to register. It's awful!!!

Awards for dysfunctional French websites:

Quite funny!

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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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