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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great blog!
I think change and diversity are important... it's about time the present global empire gets a woman at the top.

I found your blog via the expat-blogs and am enjoying it tremendously, thank you.

And sadly, I agree with you. I think that Hilary can't win. She'll be slapped with the same elitist labels were John Kerry's undoing.

Thinking about who the Dems are going to run against John McCain, the would be savior of the Republican party makes my stomach hurt. Though watching the hearings, I'm developing quite the school girl crush on Joe Biden.

that will not change anything but after 30 years of a fascism ideology called feminism, that could happen: remember it happened once in england with maggie and what did change for english people?

From Sedulia:

Well for two things the constant strikes of the 1970s stopped and the British economy improved.

You won't like that comment so I will tell you a joke too.

Question: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Answer: That's not funny.

It takes a lot of guts to be a woman in politics in this country. We had a Prime Minister once, Edith Cresson, and I wouldn't like to experience what she had to get through. Politicians are always targets, but woment politicians!!!! You need a lot of nerve. Maybe Ségolène has it?

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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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