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 didn't know it was fully certified to US standards, interesting. I had one baby in Paris intramuros and I admit it is a bit disappointing that my second baby has "Levallois" in her passport, not really the same thing! Lovely to have found your blog, am exploring!

It may be a good hospital but it also comes with a huge price tag, usually around 10 times the price of what you would normally pay in France. Care at the American hospital is also not covered by the French social security and many mutuelles won't cover it either. For a basic GP consultation you will be looking at 150-200 euros as opposed to 23 euros elsewhere. It's basically a nice hospital for the rich.
The British hospital also has English speaking staff and the price tag is lower apparently...

I'd advise everyone to stay away from them, I went through the emergency department in March 2012. I found the department to be rundown and the staff had trouble speaking english (luckily my French wife was there to translate)
I was given an IV and some blood tests and discharged with a bill of 480euro which I happily paid and sent through to insurance.
One year later (April 2013) they sent me a bill for an additional 225euro. I emailed them a copy of the original bill "paid in full" and they are still sending me letters of demand. I'm still waiting for them to send me an invoice detailing where the extra costs have come from. *Note that all bills had to be paid at departure and were paid in full.

Best advice is to keep clear, this company just wants your money.

I am doing some research about the American hospital in Paris during World War II. I know Sumner Jackson was arrested in 1942, then released, then arrested again in 1944, which arrest/incarceration led to his death in 1945. My question is this: Was the American Hospital ever closed down entirely by the German Occupation? I am trying to follow the career of a German-Jewish nurse that was employed by the hospital, and to determine whether she might have avoided German persecution by virtue of working for the American Hospital. After December 11, 1941, America entered the war, but I understand the Germans allowed the hospital to continue to operate. Does anyone know what the status of such workers would have been?

I don't know but I hope someone else can answer you. I just found these:


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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

    À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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