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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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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

  • grouillot

    Etymology: from groule, an apprentice who must se grouiller, rush around on errands.

    Mais enfin je ne suis pas tout à fait le grouillot de service.
      --Anne Baldassari, fired as director of the Picasso Museum, on reports that she might be asked to supervise the hanging of the paintings for the (very eventual) reopening of the Museum.

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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

  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

      --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • The cheminots or employees of the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) go on strike so often that there is now a card game called the "Cheminot Simulator," in which the goal is to cause as much grief to passengers as possible.

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