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.

Keeping the Peace in Paris

November 23, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

Late-night nicotine fiends are giving everyone fits in Paris. Paris is now trying to resolve that age-old urban conflict between being a “city that never sleeps” and, of all things, sleep. It seems that the mayor’s office has been besieged … Read More

Eavesdropping in Paris

November 16, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

In a crowd, you’re just one of the overheard. Walking down Rue des Martyrs the other day I crossed paths with a young father and his three-or-so-year-old son. A police car was racing up the street in the opposite direction, … Read More

Halloween in Paris

November 2, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

French kids have been slow to catch on to the niceties of trick-or-treating. When I saw  the little girl picking her nose, it reminded me to buy candy. Wait – perhaps some explanation is in order: Having lived in France … Read More

Traffic in Paris: Driving Me Mad

October 19, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

The (unwritten) traffic laws are different for motor scooters. I grew up in a small town in the Midwestern United States, where pedestrians always waited patiently for red Don’t Walk lights even though there was virtually no traffic. (Anyone who … Read More

When Giving Is Not a Given

October 5, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

WHEN GIVING IS NOT A GIVEN Like all city dwellers, Parisians are subjected to a daily barrage of solicitations. And I’m not just talking about the usual horde of beggars and buskers. For years, there have been survey takers outside … Read More

Au WC Fond du Couloir

September 28, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

AU WC FOND DU COULOIR I remember seeing this in the United States about 15 years ago, and now it’s catching on in Paris: restaurants that take their name from their address. In Paris we have, among many, many others, … Read More

Beggarly Trends

September 21, 2010 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!

BEGGARLY TRENDS Believe it or not there are trends among beggars. I’m thinking here in particular of the ones who sit on the sidewalk with a little cardboard sign that they hope will arouse sympathy. Apparently they are not, as … Read More