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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However, you cannot get a decent iced coffee at Starbucks in Paris...un cafe glace just is no where near a Starbucks iced coffee you get in the states...

I wish I had known of this donut shop, although my weight would be much greater if I had! My daughter went to nearby Windward School and two or three days a week I car pooled some of her friends there.
We lived in LA for 35 plus years and I have to say that as a food city it is certainly as varied and as spectacular as Paris. Now wait, I didn't say as good or better, I said as varied!
And finally Paris has been blessed with the beginnings of a coffee revolution, post Starbucks, that was going on in the US cities long ago.

How terribly sad that an American in Paris could be so myopic as to crave something as banal as donuts and celebrate the number of Starbucks. Surely you can search harder to find French alternatives and stop supporting the Americanization of the City of Lights.

You apparently wish for large world cities to be provincial, with no foreign food. I suggest you reread that last paragraph.

I am not a tourist or a Gap Year student. After you live in Paris for as long as I have, I guarantee you will occasionally wish for non-French food.

I agree with Sam. Sure I might crave a donut once in a while, but I satisfy that craving when I go back to the US. I have no desire to see a donut shop in paris, that would just contribute to the already very present Americanization.

Again. How long have you been in Paris? How often do you go back to the U.S.? Are you saying donut shops are intrinsically wrong because they're not French? Because they're American? Should Japanese noodle shops be banned too?

To me it sounds as if you're saying that I, a long-term Parisian, shouldn't want donuts because they're American and you, who I am guessing are not long-term Parisians, don't want to see American things here because that spoils your image of Paris, which should stay picturesquely 100 % French.

Do I have that right?

You sometimes can find very good donuts at bakeries. Ok you dont have as much diversity but thats better than nothing.. And theyre actually better than the ones at dunkin. Even though thats not hard to beat.

You can now find good homemade donuts in Paris. D4Donuts! A small shop 124 rue legendre 75017, "american recipe, french cooking" that's their slogan! They do new flavours every day, u should try!!!

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  • 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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