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

  • spoiler

    (to spoil the ending)
    Etymology: back-formation from English spoiler, or telling the end of a movie or book to someone who hasn't seen or read it yet.

    --bon , alors je te spoil ou pas? j'en suis au tome 3...nan, t'es sympas je dirai rien.
    --si tu spoiles, je ne t'emmène pas au musée de la vie romantique !
      --Conversation I saw on Facebook

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    Martine Aubry, Parti socialiste mayor of Lille, snubs Prime Minister Valls who is technically in the same party (haha! For now)

    Lawyers in Corsica

    Employees of the fancy hotel Royal Monceau in Paris

    Truck drivers, furious over a new tax for using the Paris Périphérique or ring road, threatening to block the city. Take this one seriously folks-- in France this always works.


    Public sector

    SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) workers on RER B, announcing (yet another) strike Thursday 9 October; also workers on the TER in the Alpes-Maritimes, on strike Tuesday 7 October; also workers on the TER on the Côte d'Azur Monday 6 October

    Hope you don't have to take the (government-subsidized) SNCM ferry to Corsica any time soon. Management has announced they're firing up to 1000 workers; a strike is sure to result.

    Firemen in Normandy, on "unlimited" strike

    Garbage workers in Rouen. This one could last up to two weeks, sources say

    Public school cafeteria workers in Brittany

    Public bus drivers in Bordeaux

    Hospital workers on the west coast of France

Go back to school in Paris!

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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.

www.bandeinterdite.com

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: www.EchangeDefinitif.com 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 Logis.com to register. It's awful!!!

Awards for dysfunctional French websites: http://www.lescraypion.com/

Quite funny!

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