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 think you are right about New York. French people, at least les parisiens, like New York, as well as New Orleans by the way. Since I have been in the US I always try to visit New York as often as I can. We went last October and also last week. Last Saturday we went in a small café restaurant on the East Side, I think it was near E 62nd St., they are called Le Marché du Sud. We ate in their inside veranda area and they had your sign “rue Rude” there. When I saw it it reminded me of something and it was your blog. For lunch they feature French sandwiches, provençal style, like Le Pain Bagnat, et sandwich au merguez, etc. But I don’t understand why you say it is an anomalie to like New York – it is a wonderful vibrant city

Oh, it's because a lot of Americans dislike it for being too slick, too foreign, too un-American. The way people in France feel about Paris if they don't live there. (Try Googling "hate New York"!) After 9/11 it stopped being quite as fashionable to hate New York, though.

http://www.ruerude.com/2010/05/no-one-wants-to-be-parisian.html

Thanks for telling me about the sign! I'll look for it next time I'm there!

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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

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