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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This is funny! In Norway we have been using the Canada Goose for about 5 years, almost so they go out of fashion... The Moncler is still hot, mostly because in Oslo it's about € 1000.
Canada Goose is so unflattering though, the least feminine coat to wear. I am surprised Parisian women use it.

Ha ha! My friend from Taos New Mexico asked what to wear in Paris and more than one friend said whatever guys in San Francisco are wearing.
Very happy with this mild winter! Love the old French women in their furs when the chill hits. THEY at least stay true to the style that was in when they bought theirs. Nana

I love this post! I personally think that Parisian fashion is so over-rated. The uniform in the summer seemed to be white shirt, well fitting jeans, a blazer and flat pumps. Classic but nothing amazing!

i see this shiny shitty jackets everywhere, especially on rue de la pompe and i hate them!

i'm a new ex-pat in love with your blog!

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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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