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  • 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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Here's another take on this issue:

Your wrong. Check here the reality of our case :

This is a liar! There is 230.000 intermittents du spectacle (I think It's impossible to translate) in France, only 106.000 received compensation when they're unemployed. 106.000 is 3,5% of the unemployed on benefit. They cost 3,4% of the expenses. Where is the scandal?

Dear Thierry, If you don't see it, you don't see it.

Ok, the article of the économist is a point a view i'm not agree with but... it's a point of view. Apparently thinking exclusively the world in the economic prism seems valuable to you Sedulia.

But the fact is that what you write in your article is a lie. And it's not just a question of seeing it or not. You got a position about this, an économical position it seems. But it's not fair to diffuse lie to influence people. This sytem is good because it produce more PIB than other industrial sectors. It's an idéologic battle. And fighting l'exception culturelle française is not based on logic but values. Take time to think to rebuild you're values. That's my advice.

All I need to know is: 70,000 actors out of 315,000,000 Americans. 106,000 or more actors out of 65,000,000 French people.

The difference between us is not just that you're French and I'm American, or that I'm a taxpayer and you're getting a subsidy I pay for. It's also that you have a vested interest in the subsidy, and I don't. I don't mind paying French taxes for other things. I think the French health care system is the best in the world, and the education system, no matter what the complaints, is far better than the American one on the whole. But I certainly don't see why France needs tens of thousands more show-biz people than the U.S.A.

It's kind of a cute idea if you think about it... That France is supporting the arts. That being said, I know many people in school who aspired to be actors and actresses and the chances of them attaining their dreams was laughable. My brother almost made the cut into a movie as a kid, my coworker coincidentally did end up in the same movie my brother missed by the final cut, and my step-cousin is an actor (including extraing and speaking roles on tv shows) and part-time waiter. I myself was an extra for a tv show filmed in my city. It didn't pay well, I had to wear my own clothes, but it was free food and drinks for a day and they did my hair and makeup. None of us are famous, not that any of us had those aspirations. I feel like actors try to be glamorous and what not but Hollywood is full phonies (Catcher in the Rye reference). :-)

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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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