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 read your blog specifically because I know you write what you think and you have an honest approach to your writing. By writing without outside interests, I get a much truer take on your living in France. My first reading was an eye-opener as I linked your title, Rue Rude, to your writing style. Only after several visits did I realize there was also a real rue Rude.
Keep going as long as you like it and remember there are a lot of people who read your blog that don't comment, this being my first to you.

Richard said just about everything I want to say. I love your blog and read it whenever you post. You've taught me a lot about French language and culture, and I'm very grateful.

Congratulations! I seem to remember you also won an Easyjet blog award a couple of years ago...

Though I was honored to receive the blogging "award" I could tell it was simply a marketing ploy by a commercial site to get all the main Paris bloggers to add the company's badge to their sites. I didn't bite. Your accolade here is more meaningful!

Oh well, I like badges, I admit. It's a leftover from my Girl Scout days.

I do admire The Paris Blog! xoxox

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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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