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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It's like Charles and Diana all over but with more fluff. I can't see why she'd want to stay with someone like that, wasting her life away. That's very sad for her and for the children. I'd say get out now.

That was such an interesting piece, with so many great details, but the thing that probably stood out for me the most was -- your taxi driver talked to you about the lunch he was going to prepare?! Only in Paris.

And maybe those people in Las Vegas weren't anti-French. Maybe they were American tourists that lost a lot of money at the Paris Hotel and Casino or had a bad experience at the Paris Buffet Lunch -- and thought your friends worked there as employees.

"And I hope you remember to treat visitors in Paris the way I've treated you."

Such a sad story. My heart goes out for Marie. I wish her strength and courage.

That was such an interesting piece, with so many great details, but the thing that probably stood out for me the most was -- your taxi driver talked to you about the lunch he was going to prepare?! Only in Paris.

I was searching google for information to further understand neglect and how until recently I was somehow unaware that I'd been so neglected by my ex-husband until he started to show signs of doing the same thing to his partner.

I'm not sure as of yet if it was just that I felt I deserved nothing better due to a systemic illness or if he was so cold blooded as to manipulate my over developed sense of guilt though I'm learning to the latter as I see an awful lot of narcissistic behaviors in both husbands in this stereo tale of neglect.

On a number of levels Marie and I have been living the same life though my ex didn't have a boyfriend, he tells me, until after he left and we had only one child, a wonderful male who's been deeply hurt as he is fully aware of the neglect he suffered.

I appreciate the opportunity to just say all of this out loud as, again like Marie, the realities of my situation leaves me with virtually no one to share my pain with or get advice from.

If you have any way of knowing could you let us know how Marie is, or more importantly, send her my best wishes for the future.

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

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

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