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

  • The president and vice-president of an ecological association in Vendée, La Fève, as well as two newspapers and a television channel, being sued for saying disrespectful things about a trash disposal company, Trivalis

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

  • poussif

    Etymology: from pousser, to push, in its sense "to breathe heavily"; to have a hard time breathing, then to be apathetic or sluggish

    Démarrage poussif pour les soldes d'été

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Today's quotation

  • An elected official is a man whom God's finger has pinned to a wall.

      --Jean-Paul Sartre in Le Diable et le bon Dieu

    Un élu, c'est un homme que le doigt de Dieu coince contre un mur.

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