Category Archives: France

The March of the Impotents

Well, I’m glad I didn’t go on that march through Paris yesterday. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande said in a public address: “These fanatics have nothing to do with the Muslim religion”. Which is a flat-out lie, and Hollande … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

I’d be lying if I said I was shocked or shaken by the attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris last week.  It may be different for the French, but I’ve gotten strangely used to this.  Indeed, the only thing … Continue reading

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An Uber New Year

By coincidence, The New Australian has written a post about Uber, the app-based impromptu taxi service, and the outrage it appears to have caused in Australia.  I say coincidence because I used Uber for the first time last night, and … Continue reading

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RIP Christophe de Margerie

I spent the last week in a somewhat remote village in Kazakhstan, close to the Uzbek border, visiting a friend who was getting married.  The house in which I was staying did not have a fixed line telephone let alone … Continue reading

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Weird French Rule #12,763

The weather has been warm in Paris of late, and so last Saturday my wife and I decided to go to the local swimming pool on the Île de Puteaux, which features deckchairs, an outdoor and indoor pool, and a kiddy pool. … Continue reading

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La Rochelle and the Côte Atlantique

For the third of the 4-day weekends in May, my wife and I took a trip by car to the town of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast, going via Tours and returning via Nantes. I have already written … Continue reading

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Two Road Systems Contrasted

For the second of the 4-day weekends in May I decided to go to London to visit a couple of mates who were in town.  Such trips are possible from Paris, but weren’t from Lagos and Sakhalin.  I decided to drive, … Continue reading

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Où est la Thatcher française?

This article speaks volumes about the French government’s understanding of global business practices: French President Francois Hollande has met the boss of General Electric’s (GE) to discuss his firm’s interest in buying part of engineering firm Alstom. It follows reports … Continue reading

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France: different from Germany

One of the things which is most infuriating about living in France, and dealing with the French, is the propensity for things which you thought were agreed – either implicitly or formally – to be changed on a whim.  During … Continue reading

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Pollution in Paris and the French Working Hours

Apparently there have been record levels of pollution in Paris over the past three days, something I completely failed to notice.  The government has responded by issuing a ban on Monday for any vehicle with an even-numbered license plate, in … Continue reading

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