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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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  • ignare

    Etymology: from Latin ignarus, someone who knows nothing.

    ...faut vraiment être un consommateur ignare pour ne pas se savoir qu’une canette de soda comprend énormément de sucre, et que l’andouillette est faite à base d’abats

      --Commenter on an article about how andouillette is made

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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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 scullions were Danish... and they smugly explained to Regvidsen time and time again that Iceland was not a country and Icelanders were not people. They insisted furthermore that the lice-infested pack of slaves that lived on that funnel of Hell scrabbled along only on whale oil, rotten shark meat, and alms from the king.

      --From Iceland's Bell, by Halldor Laxness (1902-1988)

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • People who are not like us dept.: A French man in his fifties, "passablement alcoolisé" at the time of his crime, was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for breaking into the house of his neighbor, a woman in her 70s, and licking and smelling her feet.

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