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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Which language is this? I have less information regarding this.Is this misspell or correct?I like the font and color used in the poster..Poster is also nice..

Well, if you look at the link on Nicolas, there is a story that says that for their 190th anniversary, they hired an agency to do this poster just for fun. It did attract my attention. The usual French spelling is "Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé."

Hi, As usual most people including the french do not understand beaujolais. If u find a beaujolais village nouveau, their usually is a big difference. , and beaujolais comes from the burgundy area. The many crus from good and excellent vitages are fantastic, and they are great food wines. Thanks, Milt Gersh

Hi Milt, thanks for the advice! I will look for the Beaujolais Villages nouveau. Haven't had any yet this year.

It may be true that Beaujolais is part of the greater Burgundy region, but in France, at least, people seem to consider them two separate wine regions. I don't know why that would be, but I don't know that much about wine. Although I've learned a lot more since living here!

It's supposed to be drunk writing, no? As in, the wine is cheap and easy to drink a lot of?

That must be it. Makes sense.

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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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