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

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Horrible. When I was a teenager our family moved to France and my mother and I encountered a similar xenophobic episode. People in our building had heard that an American family was moving in. And a woman, assuming that we didn't speak french told my mother to go back where she came from. Well unlike this poor woman in your story my mother didn't hesitate to give this ignorant woman an earful. It was awesome

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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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