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 the 'Yellow Vests' 3 days ago Here’s a roundabout in Annecy which the infamous Gilets Jaunes (‘Yellow Vests’) have regularly camped by. It’s a bit of a paradox, and I’ll explain why in a moment. Back in late 2018, the Gilets Jaunes movement gained popularity throughout … The paradox of the ‘Yellow Vests’ Read...
  • There's nothing exceptional about it 1 month ago “Fermeture exceptionnelle” is a phrase that everyone who lives in France is familiar with. Literally, it means “Exceptional closure” — a one-off, unexpected business closure, but there’s absolutely nothing exceptional about it. Why? Because every business seems to unexpectedly close …...
  • Do not stair (sic) 5 months ago It’s been a while since I’ve written about an English translation fail, so here’s a sign I saw when visiting an ancient walled city near Nîmes last week. ‘Interdit de monter‘ means ‘Forbidden to climb (the staircase)’ in English. Apparently, … Do not stair (sic) Read More »
  • French jokes 8 months ago Living in France when you don’t speak French can be isolating — and of course, frustrating. Cultural differences simply add to the confusion, and the first few years in France can be challenging on many levels (let’s not even mention … French jokes Read More »
  • Inside Emosson dam 1 year ago Bordering the French and Swiss Alps, Emosson dam overlooks Mont Blanc from 1965 metres above sea level. From the Chamonix valley, visitors can drive up to the dam or of catch a series of interesting trains. I drove up, entering cloud … Inside Emosson dam 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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