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Hein, BHL ?

Je suis si déçue par l’opinion de BHL sur DSK! Elle contredit tout ce que j’avais cru comprendre de ses opinions sur la démocratie américaine et notre système juridique. (Son commentaire original se trouve dans son Bloc-Notes et est traduit … Continue reading

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These two observations by American journalists get what I’m talking about: Wall Street Journal: “The French are legendary for nonchalance toward the sexual appetites of their politicians, and they sniffed at Americans who disapproved of Bill Clinton when he lied … Continue reading

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Transparency versus Privacy ?

Two articles in English that show the differernces between the French and Americans are : (1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/18/dominique-strauss-kahn_n_863572.html  and   (2) http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/05/18/strauss_kahn_justice_like_for_any_other/

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Contre les bidouilleurs de l’histoire

Mon ami, Eric, écrit en avoir “marre des censeurs et bidouilleurs de l’histoire.”  Quelle folie d’utiliser l’icône de Churchill par dessus le marché! (‘Bidouilleur’ < ‘bidouiller’ = to tamper or fiddle with.) Si vous voulez voir un exemple de ce … Continue reading

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New words are fun!

Many new English words were born in 2009. Were the same born in French? If so, are the phenomena – environmental, political, social, technological – similar in both countries? They seem to be. The strange thing is that, out of … Continue reading

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History of French Cuisine

For a history of French restaurants and what remains there after 200 years, check out: this New York Times article Thank you, Pamela, for sending it to us! Did you know that the history of French cuisine is an academic … Continue reading

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Antisemitism in France — hoax email still making the rounds

Récemment, j’ai reçu mon enième exemplaire d’une alarme d’anti-sémitisme en France. Pourquoi s’alarmer sans savoir les faits ? Pourquoi blâmer la France ? Comment croire un mail sans auteur? Il y a assez de racisme dans le monde pour ne … Continue reading

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Update on Paris’ Bike Experiment

A surprising civic failure…. “The cautionary tale of Paris, which has had more than 80 percent of its 20,000 bikes damaged or stolen in two years, shouldn’t stop other cities from pushing forward with similar bike-sharing programs, as Boston hopes … Continue reading

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Any Elegant English Words in French ?

Are any of our more literary, elegant words used by the French? An observant student, Harrison, asked me that very good question today. The French use words like ‘sweatshirt,’ ‘prime time,’ ‘dealer,’  ‘people,’ and ‘glamour.’ Why not some of our … Continue reading

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The Hygienic Dangers of Paris !

A hysterical WSJ article about the dangers of Paris. Seems that the situation is worse in NY, but Eric, the student who sent it to me, is wondering about his upcoming trip to the city. I told him that it’s … Continue reading

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