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

Search Rue Rude with Google

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

Go back to school in Paris!

Send to StumbleUpon!

Become a Fan

Subscribe to Rue Rude's feed

« Dîner de fête | Main | The Affaire d'Outreau, "judicial shipwreck": France in an uproar over its legal system »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I saw this story mentioned on the news this morning and I thought of you. :)

I belong to the 40 % who don't like him (and I used to like him too). I don't know who are the 60 % and I don't understand. It's hopeless. I think people who have to use a car, even if it's only from time to time, will have to leave. Paris will be just a gigantic museum where happy and rich Bobos will ride their bicycles.

[From Sedulia:
"Bobo" is short for "Bourgeois-Bohème" or "Bourgeois-Bohemian."]

Paris is not alone in the growing tensions between the city-dwellers who usually don't have cars and the suburbanites who drive in and clog things up. I see this is New York and parts of Los Angeles, and other American cities. But it is a complicated matter, where the inner cities have become cool places to live, and only the young and wealthy can really afford it -- while much of the work force is commuting in. So, the traffic issue also begins to connect to other issues such as class, money, and race.

Eek. It's moments like this that make me thankful that I live iin the country.

Is it true somehting I heard a few years back, that in order to help enforce Bus lanes in Paris, the authorities hhav made it so that if a car and a bus have an accident in the bus lanes, the car is always at fault, no matter what? As a result bus drivers were ofter using cars for target practice?

From Sedulia:

I've never heard that, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were true because cars are not supposed to be in the bus lanes. Turning right is often a problem because of the bus lanes.

Geneva is like this. It's impossible to park and you are encouraged (strong-armed) into doing their famous park/ride; parking in the outskirts and riding the bus. They've ended up with a city difficult to get to with little personality.

Hi ! I am French and I live in Paris, sorry for my english...

The problem for driving in Paris is due for a large part to the lack of transport "suburb to suburb" for many many years...

All is concentrated in Paris, even the roads which directions are not Paris but other countries of France.

Delanoë wanted to improve th circulation of pedestrians and I think that is is a good idea. Cars made themselves Paris a hell for... themselves since a long time, without a Delanoë!

But it's sure that without a real thinking about circulation in all the country "Île de France", drivers won't manage to drive easily...

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

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.

News about France in English

Nice to Rude

In Paris, alone, need help?

Overblogs (blogs of blogs)

Paris France in English

Paris en photo