February 27, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
We the people seem to have a branding problem. I happen to have been born in the United States. This doesn’t bother me as much as it does some people. I’m thinking in particular of the Europeans who seem to … Read More
February 14, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Portrait by Rubens of Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV and involuntary organ donor. This week, dear readers, I’m going to tell you a story. Possibly even a true story, although very difficult to verify at this remove. My … Read More
February 8, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Suddenly, the serene tranquility of Port Royal Cloister was shattered by an anguished scream… Photo © Jacques Lebar, www.parimages.com When I was 17 years old, the little Midwestern American town I grew up in celebrated its centennial. Perhaps because I … Read More
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
January 25, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
You can¹t judge a book by its cover, or a man by his makeup. Paris has its share of drag divas to rival Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Some time ago, I lived in a part of … Read More
January 16, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Next time you’re at the meat counter, see if your butcher knows how to count. Consider this conversation I had with the clerk at a lunch counter on Boulevard Malesherbes last week: “I’ll have the sandwich-soft drink-dessert menu, please.” “What … Read More
January 11, 2011 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
For the French Catholic church, these copper and nickel coins offered a golden opportunity. As we enter 2011, the euro is entering its 10th year as circulating currency. This doesn’t promise to be a good year for the euro, whose … Read More
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
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
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