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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In the north of England, we'd refer to le patronat as "them" (as opposed to "us").

Hi Sedulia,

It was a few days I havn't visited Rue rude and I see a quote from me whohoo.. ;-)
I hope that my text is not filled with a lot of language mistakes.

I am sometimes sad that we see the world in two separate class here (at least I talk for myself).

I would add something :
In a previous job, I was working with a colleague that was from the "other side".
We were good working friends, then he started to explain all what he was owning: a collection car,a wine cave, an APPARTMENT !
I was wondering how he could own an appartment at 25 years old with only one year of work behind him.
He has explained me that he has calculated that it was possible with his salary and instead to rent an apartment, for almost the same monthly money or less he could have is own. So it seem that it is a matter of courage to take the credit for 20 years or more.

That is partially wrong because when you take a credit, the bank wouldn't lend you some money if you cannot that you will be able to give it back and even assuming that you can loose your job. It is always usefull when the bank ask you something for mortgage and that dad say that he is the boss of a home cooler company and that if the son fails to pay his monthly due, he will pay for him.

How could you do when you start from nothing ? When you don't have anyone to cover your financial issues ? Here, there is no way and that create a class system.

Merry Chritmas :-)


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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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