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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Wow that dessert looks scrumptious... too bad about the fish. Last time I went out to such a nice restaurant, my food was cold, and when my husband told the waiter, you would have thought WE were supposed to be serving HIM.

Hello hello,

two comments :

First, the bread : I think you're not supposed to eat bread before the first meal...but a lot of french people do it even in expensive end "chic" restaurants because they serve you very good varieties of bread, and in the best restaurants, with good butter (in really good restaurants you even have butter with salt from brittany). It's obviously on your table to be eaten and to make you wait for your meal.

Two, the waiter : the man who represents french arrogance in your country ! There's just one rule : more the restaurant is expensive, more you can behave as you like ! If you think the fish isn't that good, tell them. It will embarrass them, they will be (perhaps) resentful but they will do whan they can to make you forget a bad dish. Of course, you have a problem : they will think that you didn't like the fish because you're american and you don't know anything about good "cuisine"... What the hell ! A rude waiter is the very sign of a bad restaurant.
You cannot imagine how my boss can torture a bad waiter or what he obtains from a restaurant which is not as good as it pretends to be.

From Sedulia: Merci, Zardoz! Actually, the waiter was quite correct once he realized the food just did not taste good. I think they were blaming it on the replacement chef! I agree with you that a rude waiter is a bad sign. On the whole, though, I think French waiters are very professional, not like most American waiters-- who sometimes sit down at the table with you or tell you all their personal problems!

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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.

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