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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Achilles was an arrogant, dishonorable monster.

From Sedulia: He was nice to girls.

Thanks for sharing!

I agree with you about Zidane and his reaction. The incident reflects badly on the Italians, especially given the whole scandal about corruption involving major Italian clubs.

I tend to agree in that I still respect Zidane.

Last night I was among friends when I mentioned that he had achieved idol status when he headbutted the Italian. Hands flew up in protest. I guess idol may have been a poor word choice on my part, but seriously, he went out with a bang.

And he still has integrity in that he didn't put up with a potty mouth even if it was part of the game. Don't we teach our kids to stand up to bullies? What's the difference here? One could argue his paycheck... but still.

It's PROFOUNDLY disappointing to read this on Rue Rude's weblog. How futile and shallow can one be ? How blind ? I'm speechless. God knows some warned me I was wrong to be a devoted Sedulia's fan. All of a sudden, it hits home. I'm so sorry to have to say goodbye.

Incredible! I also compared Zidane to Achilles in my post on Zidane today. Highly unoriginal but couldn't help but post a counter-argument.

"Hate the sin, love the sinner," Azure-Te!

Anyway 61% of the French feel the way I do, so you will be pretty lonely if you say goodbye to all of us.

Come back soon.

i'm sorry Zidane's exit was just dreadful. The reaction of the french crowd is even worse.

Depuis quand les moutons de panurge ont il raison, très chere Sedulia ?

But i'll be back ;)
(that's the austrian/american in me)

I agree with you. I also wrote a post on this, "Only Human."

Eh... Anyeone who can't keep their cool (it's only words after all) in the one of the most important games of their career deserves second place.

I have to disagree, the way I see it you don't answer words with violence. He should have just walked away no matter how many times it was said. And it was worse of him not to regret it, he should have held his hand up and said you should never answer back with violence (and the headbutt was pretty bad).

He was a great footballer, a truly magical player, but he showed throughout his career (14 red cards many for violent conduct) that he had a violent side to his temperament.

I'm surprised its only 61% of the French btw!!! The French seem to be in complete denial of the headbutt. They just can't face up to the reality of their tarnished hero.

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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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