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

  • ouistiti

    (literally: marmoset)
    Etymology: onomatopoeia from the sound a marmoset makes. Actual meaning: this is what you say in France when you want people to smile for the camera.

    Selon une étude réalisée par le fabricant d’appareils photo Nikon, le « ouistiti » utilisé en France au moment de se faire prendre en photo est le petit mot le plus efficace pour s’assurer un joli sourire.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    First strike in 43 years at an aeronautics company in Toulouse, Latécoère

    Public sector

    The SNCF (toujours eux), regional train employees in the Lyons area guaranteeing unpleasant travel from the 17th-21st December
    Also yet another strike by Sud-Rail, a particularly truculent SNCF union in the south of France, this time five days in January: 6,7, 21, 22 and 23. "We have no choice." Right.

    Marseilles trams on strike until February

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Hi !

This is a genuine "cri de coeur" right and Amerloque sincerely congratulates you. The Maitre d'Hotel is in his own way destroying Paris. He and his greeny ayatollahs, in the name of "ecology" and "progressive thinking", are ruining Paris for all of us. No longer do we do our major shopping in central Paris: as you say, it's impossible to park the car and load up with packages. We frequently go to a centre commercial outside of town, now.

When one knows that this Mayor had planned for two billion euros (!) in bond issues over the next few years, one can worry even more. Paris was debt-free, not so long ago. Bonjour les impots !

Furthermore, when one reads (as one could in the weekend's papers) that the Hauts-de-Seine (92) and Yvelines (78) départements are refusing to enter joint public housing projects with Paris because Delanoe "va s'accaparer tous les fonds" (or words to that effect), one can worry even more ... rebonjour les impots !


If I fully agree with you about Delanoë policy... we must admit that he is an elected official.

Delanoë was the leader of a Left coalition (Socialists, Communists, Greens and diverse left) which has won the last municipal election, held in march 2001, against center-right coalition.

Municipal elections stands in France every six years (1977, 83, 89, 95, 2001 and... 2008, an exception due to the huge 2007 electoral agenda) and the Mayor of Paris is elected since 1977.

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Today's quotation

  • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

      –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

    À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.

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