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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You might also inform your American friends about the inexpensive budget hotels in France:

B&B Hotels
Bonsaï Hotels
Mister Bed
Premiere classe
Quick Palace

All of them offer rooms with private bathrooms. Most of them are air conditioned.

We use the Etap chain and the B&B chain and are pleased with it.

All true! Thank for the reminders.

I have to say that all what you said is absolutely true, specially the advice for politeness.
Always bonjour wherever you go, always merci, always excusez moi de vous déranger when you ask something to someone that you don't know

And I have to admit that it can be a bit bothering from time to time, but I also really like to be treated this way when dealing with a stranger

I really like this blog
Keep it up dude! ;)

And as you seem to understand french perfectly, I would advice you to have a look on a few french comedians (that are really representative of french humour!)
-Elie Semoun (Kevina)
-Dieudonné (La fine équipe du 11, les pygmés
-Dany Boon (La poste)

Have a good time

Greetings from a french

Merci Alfred! Je connais ces comédiens seulement par réputation, c'est une lacune!

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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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