Random news about France…

Gastronomy: Sarko declared French food the best in the world and wants it recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Umm, how does food qualify as a place? And is anyone else really sick of people saying French food is better than all other food? How snobby can you get? Anyway, if you register on the World Heritage website, you can receive a free wall map of the 851 actual sites. I’m sorry, but French food would not fit nicely on this map.

Cost of Living: The price of some staple foods (bread, rice, pasta, butter, yogurt, etc.) has risen as much as 48% since November. Even the price of one baguette will be 0.90 € soon. (Back when Francs were still used, one baguette cost one Franc, or 0.15 € !!) The price of gas has been rising too, of course. I recently calculated that a gallon of gas in France would cost $7.50 in the US, so no American should ever complain about how “expensive” gas is there. This is why I’m so poor, people.

Education: There’s a new website for French students to rate their teachers, Note2be, which has outraged French teachers everywhere. Teachers are trying to get the site shut down but that’s not really what surprises me about this story. RateMyProfessors.com has been around for like 10 years, hasn’t it? I can’t believe a site dedicated to rating French teachers hasn’t already been created. Yet another reason why I feel like I’m living in the past.

Film: Marion Cotillard won the Oscar, César, BAFTA, every other major award for movies in the world for her role as Edith Piaf in La Môme. She’s the only winner of an Oscar for a role in the French language. En plus, her father is Jean-Claude Cotillard, the mime in French in Action! I love the Cotillard family!

Politics: Gaston Flosse was recently (re-)elected president of French Polynesia (Tahiti and all those other islands that no one knows about) and France isn’t too happy about it. Similar to New Caledonia, French Polynesia is an “overseas collectivity” and the citizens are technically French citizens. However, some Polynesians want full independence. Flosse is actually “pro-autonomy” – he wants French Polynesia to remain French – while his main opponent of 30 years, Oscar Temaru, is “pro-independence.” But that didn’t stop them from forming an alliance that ensured Flosse would get elected. Temaru suddenly withdrew his bid for presidency and gave the support of his 20 MP’s to Flosse, who beat out Gaston Tong Sang by a vote of 29 to 27. France had been supporting Tong Sang because he is pro-autonomy (and not supporting Flosse because of past corruption issues…). As a result of the Flosse-Temaru alliance, the UMP (Sarko’s party) has broken all ties with Flosse even though he remains a member. Doesn’t this sound like a movie???

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  • jenever

    how much are baguettes in annecy? in paris they are usually 90 centimes, in fécamp they were 80 or 85.

  • jenever

    how much are baguettes in annecy? in paris they are usually 90 centimes, in fécamp they were 80 or 85.

  • Jennie

    80 or 85 cents, but I haven’t been checking lately to see if any places have gone up to 90 yet.

  • Jennie

    80 or 85 cents, but I haven’t been checking lately to see if any places have gone up to 90 yet.

  • Zhu

    Wow, I remember the baguette being 2.50 FR, only about 10 years ago, in Nantes!I’ve heard prices went up… about to check this out!

  • Zhu

    Wow, I remember the baguette being 2.50 FR, only about 10 years ago, in Nantes!

    I’ve heard prices went up… about to check this out!

  • dw

    As for the French food, I think traditional French fare is actually pretty horrible. Very little flavor to most of it, no spice or anything. The only “French” food I really enjoy is crepes, and technically that’s from Brittany/Normandy. And I totally agree about feeling like we’re living in the past here in France.

  • dw

    As for the French food, I think traditional French fare is actually pretty horrible. Very little flavor to most of it, no spice or anything. The only “French” food I really enjoy is crepes, and technically that’s from Brittany/Normandy.
    And I totally agree about feeling like we’re living in the past here in France.

  • Alisa

    Yep, even when I lived in Montpellier in 2004-2005, baguettes were only .60 euro! And agreed about this rating profs site… maybe it’ll freaking show teachers that they can’t just bum around doing nothing all the time!!!

  • Alisa

    Yep, even when I lived in Montpellier in 2004-2005, baguettes were only .60 euro!

    And agreed about this rating profs site… maybe it’ll freaking show teachers that they can’t just bum around doing nothing all the time!!!

  • French for a While

    Two things: 1) bought a baguette in Roquefort-les-pins today for 60 cents; 2) at the rist of being struck by lightning, can I say that French food might be…over-rated? Can it be good? Yes, very good. My only complaint is that I like spicey food I often find the local food bland. I know, I must go wash my mouth out with soap now.

  • French for a While

    Two things: 1) bought a baguette in Roquefort-les-pins today for 60 cents; 2) at the rist of being struck by lightning, can I say that French food might be…over-rated? Can it be good? Yes, very good. My only complaint is that I like spicey food I often find the local food bland.
    I know, I must go wash my mouth out with soap now.

  • IslandGirl4Ever2

    Hi Jennie…Me being a vegetarian… I am HARDLY one to say that French food is the BEST… I much prefer a variety of spices.. like Indian food and Lebonese… I love Thai food, as well.. but if I go to a French resto.. I have a very difficult time, to say the least.. and for the French… vegetarian just means a plate of veggies.. nothing original, tasty or well presented.. I don’t think they really care to much about us vegetarians, anyhow… But, I definitely don’t think French food is the best.. that is for sure!!! Take care, Leesa

  • IslandGirl4Ever2

    Hi Jennie…

    Me being a vegetarian… I am HARDLY one to say that French food is the BEST… I much prefer a variety of spices.. like Indian food and Lebonese… I love Thai food, as well.. but if I go to a French resto.. I have a very difficult time, to say the least.. and for the French… vegetarian just means a plate of veggies.. nothing original, tasty or well presented.. I don’t think they really care to much about us vegetarians, anyhow… But, I definitely don’t think French food is the best.. that is for sure!!! Take care, Leesa

  • Jennie

    I’m glad other people agree with me on French food – I definitely don’t think it’s the best. Actually, I rarely like French food. There’s not enough flavor or variety!

  • Jennie

    I’m glad other people agree with me on French food – I definitely don’t think it’s the best. Actually, I rarely like French food. There’s not enough flavor or variety!

  • Heather

    Ever notice how power seems to function like crack? Oh, Sarko. What more can be said.

  • Heather

    Ever notice how power seems to function like crack? Oh, Sarko. What more can be said.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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