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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Being French, I'm miserable with the AC in the States. I'm always catching colds in movie theaters, hotel rooms, malls,... My husband laughs at me because I dress like an Eskimo every time I have to face AC.

Yet, I have to agree with you: Paris is getting hotter and hotter (and the French/European/WW weather weirder and weirder). I bitterly (or shall I say "vaporously") remember a consultant assignment I had in Paris during 2003's heat wave: we had 48ºC (close to 120ºF) in the office, where we had to wear business suits. Forget about resting at night: the temperature would "kindly" drop to 30ºC around 2 am. A torture! And did I mention the pollution? Awful!

Back on my California beach, I have the breeze and I get to wear flip flops... but the croissants are 'dégeulasses'. Can't have it all ;-)

From Sedulia:

Not that I don't believe you, but funny that only Europeans catch colds in the air conditioning! Certainly I grew up in the South with air conditioning everywhere 5 months of the year, and no one ever thought it made you sick. I have to admit that now I find it just frigid, like you, and have to take a sweater with me everywhere in the U.S. during the summer. But I still love A.C. and the nice comforting hum of it reminds me of my childhood....My mother said no one even lived in Houston before air conditioning!

I agree with the frigid ac comment about the South. I grew up in South Georgia (closer to Florida than Atlanta). I loved the feeling of leaving an over air conditioned building to go sit in my car with its over 100 degree temperature. It would help warm me to my bones. My mom probably thought that no one lived in Baxley (my hometown) before they invented ac as well.

Personally, i use AC with parcimony. First, i think it is very polluting:
http://tinyurl.com/kpe7v (in french)
http://tinyurl.com/gakor (in french)
http://tinyurl.com/hpvh7 (in english)

"Les gaz à effet de serre (GES)...Les halocarbures sont le produit d'activités industrielles et domestiques comme la réfrigération, la climatisation..."

And how to be sic with AC:
http://tinyurl.com/hu9er (in french)

Also, i must say that i enjoy AC in my office and i would be miserable if it had not any AC. But mostly because in this bulding (~25 floors i think) we can not open the windows so if we don't had AC it would be like a greenhouse! :)

But most of the time we can do without use AC. After all, before Mr Willis H. Carrier, one could live without that. Note that i'm not against progress, i'm a systems analyst after all... :)

And to finish, i think you have caught some frenchness, you complain a lot! :D
(Sorry, it's my jocke of the day)

Well, i write a lot but i don't know if my english is good enough to be understood...

Thank you so much for having talked about my blog ! :-)

I am very pleased about the fact that Americans and French people can talk together about the inconveniences of Paris.

I really like your vision about Paris and France, there is a lot of truth and it is like a "regard neuf" for us , French people !

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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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