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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

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The best return gift would be to search back into your family or country's past practices and give them something that represents you. French guests often bring flowers, Americans bring wine, etc.

How about homemade chocolate chip cookies?

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Today's quotation

  • You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.

      --Last words of Alex, a 31-year-old African gray parrot, to his human Dr Irene Pappenberg, as reported in Time magazine. He was found dead in his cage the next morning.

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • The EU court overturned a German rule that spouses of Germans had to pass a German test before being given legal residence.

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