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

  • guilleret/tte

    (jolly, cheerful, gay, informal, casual)
    Etymology: old French guiler, originally from old Frankish gîlen, to make fun of someone.

    Twin Peaks est d’abord une expression idéalisée du mode de vie américain, l’Americana. Les lieux sont génériques (le Diner, la station service, etc.) et les personnages, des clichés: le noble shériff, le député incompétent, l’agent du FBI rusé, le motard, l’homme d’affaires corrompu, la serveuse guillerette, etc.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    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!

    Sud-Rail union members of the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux), had the nerve to ask for a special vacation for the end of the strike because the strike was so stressful for them. The direction refused this astonishing demand.

    Post office workers in Aubigny-sur-Nère, Argent-sur-Sauldre and La Chapelle-d'Angillon, on strike for the 39th day

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Today's quotation

  • "I am certain, though you would never admit it, assessor," said the bishop's wife, "that there can exist two kinds of genuine truth, one for the south, the other for the north."

      --From Iceland's Bell, by Halldor Laxness (1902-1988)

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • The Ebola epidemic has killed 660+ people in several different countries of west Africa. The easily spread, incurable, up to 90% fatal virus has now infected two American aid workers in Liberia and spread to Lagos, where an infected doctor collapsed in the airport upon arrival, and is "out of control," say officials.

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