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

  • torcher

    (to wipe something clean)
    Etymology: derived from Vulgar Latin *torca, from Latin torquere, to twist, then by extension things twisted together to clean something

    What Maître Eolas wrote that made him lose a lawsuit for defamation and public insult:

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    French doctors. Half the doctors' offices in Île-de-France closed & almost all in Rhône-Alpes

    Fifteen consumer organizations of passengers on the French national and regional trains, urging a "ticket strike" on Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 October

    Everyone at Air France

    Public sector

    Nationwide strike of French public sector on Thursday 8 October. This includes, of course, the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) and teachers.

    A one-day strike of Paris garbage workers ended

    Picket line in front of a major hospital in Maubeuge, northern France on Wednesday 7 October

Go back to school in Paris!

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That's one of my favorite things about living in France, especially after being in Los Angeles for many years. Here, our circa-1800 house isn't considered to be all that old!

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Today's quotation

  • The two main criminals are France and the United States.

      --Noam Chomsky (1928- ) in a conversation about Haiti in Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (2005)

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