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

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Isn't the purpose of listing the saints so that people can know when their name day is?

Yes, but justement, why do they care when their saint's name day is? Does anything special happen that day? I haven't noticed that it does.

My French family will celebrate each person's "fete" with a nice meal or special dessert. It's always fun :) In fact, until 1966, you had to name your child after one of the names that appeared on the calendar (http://www.affection.org/prenoms/loi.html ). My mother-in-law was actually named for her saint because she was born on that saint's day. So there is a long tradition of using these saint's days this way. Of course, my French family is from the South of France, so perhaps these customs are more provincial?

What a nice custom! No one I know is named for their birthday saint. Some of the names are really unusual, like Enguerrand, Judicaël, Guénolé, Gabin, Amandine....

I also know a lot of people who celebrate their name day with a special dessert too. And my clients always get a kick out of it when I happen to notice it's their name day and wish them "bonne fête".

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