David Jaggard

A Paris resident since the early 1980s, David Jaggard is a copywriter, translator, composer, humorist and food fiend. Unfortunately, only the first two activities pay for the fifth. Between meals, and installments of C'est Ironique, he serves as sub-editor of the satire site The Big Jewel (thebigjewel.com) and occasionally performs as a standup comic in Paris.

You Can’t Get That Here

January 30, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

The seeming similarity between “notaries” and “notaires” is only one of the traps awaiting the American resident of France. Above: the sign of a French notaire. If you’re a citizen of one country and live in another, sooner or later … Read More

Helping Others Help Me

January 4, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

A few minor changes are in order around here… Photo: Cam Eric Schiefer In keeping with my own, mostly sober, December 31st pledge to be more helpful to the people around me, I propose the following (strongly) suggested New Year’s … Read More

Technology in France

December 12, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

The Minitel and the Bi-Bop, the first “cellphone” in wide use in Paris: pull out the aerial and don’t move! The French can rightly be proud of their many contributions to technological progress, including the credit card with the embedded … Read More

Royalists in France

December 6, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

France’s monarchists are down for the count: Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris. Photo from the cover of his 2003 book “L’Histoire en Héritage” (Tallendier). Believe it or not, there are still French people who would like to see a return … Read More

French Complaining

November 29, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

In Paris, “carpe diem” seems to mean “complain all day,” even in gorgeous weather. I think the French get an unfair rap in the national stereotypes department. They’re supposedly rude, snobbish, overdelicate, cowardly and indifferent to hygiene. Obviously, none of … Read More