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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I can't argue with you. Someone seems to think we customers want a song-and-dance more than the basic hours and address info I tend to be looking for.

doesn't have any

You're right! It doesn't! Awesome. That makes one!

Part of the problem is that broadband internet is so common in Paris, the web developers may not realize how slowwwwwwly their dumb animations load elsewhere.

But why anyone is still doing an "Enter" page in this day and age-- ça me dépasse.

So true... An example is: is one of the retarded websites, where if you sign up and post your property on and then try contacting others, it does not work! And if you are contacted by someone else, you can NOT contact them! Then what is the point using that stupid website!? And their "support" never responds!

Same here, I've spent the last 4 hours trying to get the district selection on to register. It's awful!!!

Awards for dysfunctional French websites:

Quite funny!

its 2022 and still french websites are absolutely rubbish, actually that is an understatement, what do french web devs get paid? it must be peanuts

I had to return to this page because after being unable to find where do I recover a forgotten password I found none! And that is on a French website again! Actually the list includes as well... because it won't allow me to post....

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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.

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.

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