It’s coming! The big strike of January 29!

FYI: France will be on strike this Thursday, January 29. You know it will be big because it has its own website: 29janvier2009.fr There’s even a Google Map of local manifestations. Wooo first major grève of the year!

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Sculpture of European Stereotypes: Get angry or just laugh?

A Czech artist, David Cerny, was supposed to lead a project to create a sculpture to represent all 27 member states of the EU, working with an artist from each country.  Instead, he worked with two of his friends to produce a sculpture that shows a (usually insulting) stereotype of each country, because he wanted […]

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Appareil à Hot Dog

I saw this at Darty tonight and it made me laugh. A hot dog in a baguette is just wrong.

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Les Hiverts Les Plus Froids ! Mais c’est quoi, un hivert ?

As spotted even over in Montreal, France 2 must have lost their spellchecker along with the commercials.

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Strike Time

Pôle Emploi, which is replacing ANPE & ASSEDIC, is already beginning its first days with a strike even though the organization doesn’t technically become effective until Thursday. The employees of the organization that is designed to help you find work refuse to work so that you cannot find work because they are upset about their […]

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What’s Changing in France in 2009

France no longer holds the presidency of the European Union. The Czech Republic takes over for the next 6 months, followed by Sweden. Twenty universities will be autonomous and independent from the state. They will be able to make their own budget and charge their own fees & tuition. If all goes well with these […]

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Les français aussi ont un accent.

I wanted to read Les français aussi ont un accent by Jean-Benoît Nadeau, the same author of 60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, because I thought I would enjoy a Quebecker’s take on expat life in France. This book is in French, which is half of the reason why I wanted to read it, but […]

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Mexican Food! Finally!

November 5th was David’s and my 2 year anniversary, so we decided to go out to eat last night. I had been wanting to go to a Mexican restaurant forever (since I’d left the US…), but we never got around to it somehow over the past 24 months. Either we’re extremely busy or there aren’t […]

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Yup, we bought one.

The Nicolas Sarkozy Voodoo Doll. He tried to have it banned in France, but he didn’t succeed. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it will be worth money someday. Or maybe we’ll just let the cat eat it.

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Apéro and Universités

Friday night at an apéro chez des amis, we somehow got on the subject of universities. David mentioned that his mom’s cousin teaches French in Boston, and at the end of each semester, she had to let her students fill out evaluation forms. Everyone but me was surprised and thought it was a bad idea. […]

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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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