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In this corner of the Haute Savoie we like to do things a little differently hence the unusual take on the national "Course des Garçons de Café" annual event. Read on, it gets better ;) Taken from this week's entertainments schedule prominently displayed in the tourist office entrance. No wonder the tourists are looking puzzled!
For those of you not familiar with the event, waiters from local cafés and restaurants pit themselves against each other in a series of short road races across France - all dressed in formal black and white serving attire and carrying trays of wine glasses. Ok it's odd, but it doesn't normally involve any show jumping!
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I have done nothing but rant since the early hours of June 24th and this finally brought a smile to my face :)
I hope it does to yours too.
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Whilst on one side of the channel the future of the red, white and blue Union Jack is looking decidely shaky, we take another look at how the Tricolor got its colours. Cute and good for French practice ;-)
But there's a serious note here too showing how patriotism in the wrong hands can lead to racism. www.facebook.com/Francisation.fr/videos/948216991957533/
Meanwhile with the EU referendum on everyone's minds, here's a helpful pointer for any expats considering applying for French citizenship.
Have you applied for French citizenship recently? We'd love to hear your experience. Please let us know how you got on here.
Ahead of Euro 2016 French strikers are getting even more than their usual share of news coverage...
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The Show Must go On...! Even as the Seine continues to rise, top French designer unveils his new line in shoe wear.
Said to be literally floating out of the shops, these shoes have been praised for their stylish yet practical design. Well they're certainly original.
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You make eye contact, smile, remember your "s'il vous plaîts" & "mercis"... and yet the person on the opposite side of the sales counter remains poker-faced, scowling even. Sound familiar?
If you think saying "excusez moi" to a shop assistant is enough to get them to respond civilly to you then think again! Read more about what Canadian authors Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau have to say on the subject in this revealing piece in The Local France. To comment on this and other language-related content please follow our facebook page.
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#penuriecarburantdansunfilm became France's top Twitter trend this week as people hit by the current fuel shortage turned to humour, spoofing film titles in social media.
Popular titles include Pump Friction, Fuel Monty, TOTAL Recall and Last and Furious...
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Just back from a visit to my local French coiffeur where I was asked whether Madame would like a "shampooing" and a "brushing". How cute! But what is it with the French and ....ING?!? Taking franglais to another level they have unwittingly invented a whole new set of English words. Here's a list of some that come to mind - and since no-one seems to do Top 10s any more, this is my Edgy Top 13 instead ;)
...... pleased to see The Local France running this item on 1 June! - read their illustrated version here
After brushing, my favourites are parking and footing. Feel free to add yours here. Other reader adds elsewhere include le grand standing (as in un appartement de grand standing), le bowling, le snacking, and the bang on-trend re-looking ;-)
Top 13 Corrupted INGS
L'après-shampooing = conditioner
Le brushing = blow-dry
Le camping = camp site
Le dressing = walk-in wardrobe
Le fooding = the art of cooking
Le footing = jogging
Le parking = car park
Le planning = schedule
Le pressing = dry-cleaners
Le shampooing = shampoo
Le standing = quality
Le string = g-string
Le training = tracksuit
Clever little video. Who knew that "Denim" owes its names to Nimes, and "mortgage" comes from a French legal term meaning "death pledge"? Add your comment here.