Le Franco Phoney

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Le Franco Phoney
Blog about France, French people, traditions, and culture as seen by an Australian in St Jean de Sixt, near the ski resort of La Clusaz and Lake Annecy in Haute Savoie.
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  • The paradox of France 1 month ago “Liberté, égalité, fraternité.” It’s about as French as it gets. It’s as French as croissants, saying “oh la la”, and chic fashion. Something else very French  seems to be the cultural paradox of progression and tradition. Traditionally meat lovers, more…Read more ›
  • France's most searched dish 3 months ago Tartiflette has been listed as Google’s top recipe search for France. So what is tartiflette and is the rest of the world going to jump on the bandwagon? First of all, you might be surprised to learn that tartiflette —…Read more ›
  • How to deal with snow 3 months ago I took this photo last week on a walk around Saint Jean de Sixt. The trees are heavy with snow, glistening in the sunlight, and the fence pictured is laden to the point that the snow is warping between the…Read more ›
  • Rude wine terminology 4 months ago Beaujolais Nouveau is a relatively new wine in France, and one that cops a fair amount of cynicism from the French (see my post about Beaujolais Nouveau here). The 2017 batch of Beaujolais Nouveau hit the shelves last week, and…Read more ›
  • Professional French website fail 4 months ago When Emmanuel Macron became the French president earlier this year, one of his first promises was to close down RSI (Régime Social des Indépendents). RSI is the administrative body that looks after freelancers, like me. We pay large sums in…Read more ›

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  • Coping with Living Abroad Writing Contest October 2012 The glamour of jet setting or that dreaded feeling of homesickness? What does living abroad mean to you? For me, moving away from home was an escape from a world that felt like an old pair of jeans — comfortable, familiar and reliable. That old...

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