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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Interesting how impossible it often is to tell which politicians are lying and which are telling the truth, and the more complex it gets the more difficult it is to keep track of the cast of characters. I happened to watch the film "All the President's Men" (about Watergate) last night, and there were so many people involved in THAT scandal, it was hard to keep up.

I wonder if there will ever come a time when government officials and corporate leaders will actually act from a place of integrity and desire to serve the people rather than acting out of greed and a desire for power and to serve their own best interests.


Unfortunately for the French, they have no experienced politicians who are not part of the same pathetic 'combine'. And so France's inevitable decline continues. It's a national debacle.

Italy's thoroughly corrupt cold-war political class held on until several years ago; the French equivalent has so far proved more tenacious. Good luck to the French as they attempt to rid themselves of this extended family of Enarque mutual backscratchers! It won't be easy.

Wow, this sounds like something from the States-Watergate, JFK assassination, etc. I guess it is true that power corrupts-as does the chance for big money.

Hi !

Bravo, Chère Sedulia ! Aborder tout ceci n'est pas une mince affaire et vous vous acquittez avec les honneurs !

Now Amerloque will not have to spend even more time reading the papers about this ... (wide smile) ! Merci !!!

Nary a mention of the Pasqua crowd in the mainstream press, though ... or has Amerloque missed one ?!


From Sedulia:

Well, I certainly don't claim any special knowledge and as far as I know I'm not on the list either!

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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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