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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Fun French words

  • marigot

    (backwater, swamp)
    Etymology: unknown; originally used in the French West Indies

    Internet est un marigot

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

French Freedom of Speech

  • Latest person being sued for saying what he thinks

    Retired schoolteacher Christine Tasin received a three-month suspended sentence and a fine of 3000 euros for saying "Oui je suis islamophobe, et alors? La haine de l'islam, j'en suis fière. L'islam est une saloperie..., c'est un danger pour la France." (Yes, I am an Islamophobe. So what? I'm proud of hating Islam. Islam is filthy.... It's a danger for France.)

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    CGT union members of the Intermittents du spectacle (showbiz people, who have an unemployment scheme much more favorable than that of normal unemployed people; they are desperately trying to keep it). Most, 80%, of the concerned Intermittents have voted to go back to work at the Avignon Festival, but the CGT is calling for a "massive strike" the first day of the Festival, Friday.


    Public sector

    SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) employees, on regional strike warning.

    Workers on the heavily government-subsidized SNCM (Corsica ferries), on strike again as they usually are holiday periods. This time they have been on strike for nine days and are blocking ocean liners from docking at the port of Marseilles

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Today's quotation

  • Yet who can help loving the land that has taught us
    Six hundred and eighty-five ways to dress eggs?

      --Thomas Moore (1779-1852), in The Fudge Family in Paris (1818), letter iii. l. 64

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • As of January 1, 2015, every German worker will make at least €8.50 ($11.60) an hour.

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