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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  • goujat

    Etymology: from Provençal gojat, young man, from gouge and diminutive suffix -at; which in turn derives from Gascon goya, girl, itself from Hebrew gōya, a Christian servant girl.

    Un mec qui se conduit comme ça avec les femmes, c'est un goujat.

      --Actress Sophie Marceau on French president François Hollande, in an interview in this month's French edition of GQ magazine

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

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    Workers at champagne producers

    Students at schools of social work

    Longshoremen and port employees at Calais, on indefinite strike and stopping ferry and autoroute traffic

    Public sector

    Employees of the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) RATP, on strike today

    Cleaners at the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris, on strike

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O.M.G. is right. I'd heard about the scandal of what passes for care for autistic children in France and was wondering if there had been any change. Thank you for your post. I hope the documentary does a lot of good.

Recent research indicates that Autism has nothing to do with psychoanalytic thought. It is sad that France lags behind the rest of the world in the treatment of Autism.
This also holds true in their treatment of the handcap person.

I had no idea that the French thought that. I'm kind of shocked and honestly am a bit worried now. My brother who has a mild form of autism will be visiting France in a couple weeks with our mother. It's possible they will not notice he is a little off since he speaks a different language but I hope nobody harasses them or says anything nasty to my mother who is by far one of the sweetest women I know.

I think you're pretty safe if he's a visitor. Most younger people don't believe this stuff any more but the shrinks still have a grip on the institutions. Sad.

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Today's quotation

  • New ideas don't win really. What happens is that the old scientists die and new ones come along with new ideas.

      --Max Planck (1858-1947)

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • Man in London parades with sandwich board saying "Fuck the poor"... general horror. He changes it to "Help the poor"... and no one looks at him. It is a stunt by charity Pilion Trust.

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