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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Paris Karin here -- or formerly Paris Karin. I moved *back* to Colorado three weeks ago. Just by chance I happened to pop in here again. Someone on Facebook had linked in a post by French Girl in Seattle, who linked in a post to you (the one about bureaucracy from 2011). I clicked on recent posts to read you are in "small town Colorado." LOL!! My gosh the world is a small place. :)

I'm in Denver. If you should happen to be passing through and have time for a coffee, send me a message via the Contact page on my blog!

As for this post, I keep catching myself saying "Pardon" when getting out of someone's way. Thankfully, it's pretty close to how we say it in English, too, if a bit formal-sounding, lol.

Take care & have fun in Colo-radical. :)

Hi Karen! I do go through Denver a lot. I'll see if we can meet next time! Right now I'm on the Gulf Coast... eyeing that hurricane

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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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