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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One of the funniest sights I've ever seen was the elegantly-dressed owner of a very tall dog in the 10th arrondissement. She was trying to catch the crotte in a plastic bag before it hit the ground.

At least her intentions were good.

Good idea, thanks!

What if the American expats ALL photographed every poop mound and posted the photos asap and the website went viral? I bet Paris would curb themselves at last.

French people that´s it

I was there the other day, rubbish and dog shit everywhere, what a disgusting hole its become.

Dog faeces everywhere and filth==Paris. Way overrated and hyped. Of course, the guide books and happy talkers leave out all the dog crap and trash over Paris/France in general.

Also, tons of crime with rampant pick pocketing/scams from the gypsies (Romanians/Romas), that and dog faeces=Paris and France. Non, non.

I've actually started a blog to catalog pictures of dog poop, funny signs like the one at the top of this post, and other things related to dog doo-doo. It was inspired in part by a trip to Paris I took where, instead of admiring the architecture of the city, I had to constantly watch where I was stepping for fear of stepping in dog doo. The site is, but it hasn't gone viral (yet).

I got a great name for France and certainly for Paris: Dogshit Nation

I agree with Wendy Evans comment about rampant pickpockets and Roma Gypsies scamming people. Every time I visit Paris some Roma try to con me. Last time a Roma woman was on the bridge near Musee d’Orsay pointing and shouting excitedly. When I got closer she picked up a brass washer off the sidewalk and pretended it was a gold wedding ring, asking me “is this yours?!?” I knew she was up to no good and instead of paying attention to her I turned around and caught her boyfriend sneaking up behind me to steal my bag. Yeah nice try. I would rather see Paris tackle pickpockets before working on the dog poop problem. I see that crime as a bigger safety concern. Poop doesn’t steal your wallet.

people who care about dog poo on pavements are pathetic beings, there's real problems in the world so get a life and move on

People are allowed to care about more than one thing. Are you aware of this?

You sound like someone who doesn't clean up after your dog.

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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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