two French songs

This year, everyone’s talking about Lady Sir, a duo composed of actress-filmmaker, Rachida Brakni (married to Eric Cantona, French actor and ex-professional footballer) and singer Gaëtan Roussel. I like their video, Le temps passe, which displays nostalgic images of what the French do best: street protest!

Albin de la Simone is a French singer-songwriter who renders the beautiful French language into a cadenced and gentle flow of poetry  –

random photos of Paris

While waiting for Karl Ove Knausgaard last week, I walked around and took some photos. To get to the 5th arrondissement, I took the metro to Hôtel de Ville station, strolled past the Town Hall and Notre Dame cathedral, crossed the river by way of one of the many bridges, then ambled over to Shakespeare and Company bookstore.


Fillon gets flour-bombed in Strasbourg

fillon farine

Why do French protesters throw flour at their politicans?

Because of the expression “rouler quelqu’un dans la farine” which literally means “to roll someone in flour.” In other words, to dupe, cheat or trick someone.

And that’s how many people feel about presidential candidate and ex-Prime Minister, François Fillon. Presenting himself to the public as Mr. Clean, we later learned that he allegedly siphoned off more than one million euros by setting up bogus jobs for his wife and their two oldest children (parliamentary assistant jobs funded by the taxpayer).

Since then he’s been charged with other offences ranging from embezzlement, hiding assets, misuse of public funds, misuse of corporate assets and failing to declare his assets to a public watchdog. Evidence suggests nearly four decades of criminality.

But the most astonishing thing is that he’s still running for President of France … and a large segment of citizens continue to support him.

Today, while attending a meeting in Strasbourg, a disgruntled citizen threw flour in his face.