French Quotes by Chuck Todd, Xavier Niel, Vincent Cassel, Maurice Druon, Bernard Pivot, Marjane Satrapi and many others.
I played French horn, and I certainly do miss it. I miss it. I wish I had the time to keep up with it. It’s like exercising: You have to keep it up, especially the muscles in your lips to deal with the French horn.
France has a specificity – the market players who provide Internet access are the telecom operators, and all of the players are French. They had a habit of, let’s say, getting along with each other, and the prices traditionally were very high.
I love French style from the Thirties and Forties. French movie stars like Jean Gabin and Yves Montand had so much natural, effortless style.
The French no longer respect their language, because they no longer love themselves, and, no longer loving themselves, they no longer love what was the instrument of their glory – their language.
You get the feeling that many of my guests feel that the French language gives them entry into a more cultivated, more intelligent world, more highly civilised too, with rules.
I call Iran home because no matter how long I live in France, and despite the fact that I feel also French after all these years, to me the word ‘home’ has only one meaning: Iran. I suppose it’s that way for everyone: Home is the place where one is born and raised.
I lived in Paris for two years with my family. I would roam the streets of Paris during the day for a few hours in the subway, on the streets, and I listened to the French language, and I got a sense of the rhythm and the melody of the language.
In my 10 years, I never put a girl that was too skinny in French ‘Vogue.’
Every woman in America has a French dream in her head, especially a Parisian one.
From the days of biplanes and silk scarves, the aviator has been the archetype of masculine glamour. Aviators have personified national ideals, from French elan to Soviet party discipline. They’ve inspired lust and admiration. They’ve turned sunglasses and short, utilitarian leather jackets into fashion statements.
My style is cinematic; it is a touch of French woman of the ’60s and American hippie with a Brooklyn edge. I love wearing wide-brim hats, newsboy caps, mini dresses and sheer blouses with details.
I was a young film student around the time of the new wave in film in the 1970s; old Hollywood was naff and over. For me, as a film student, I was going to see French and Italian cinema; American cinema was ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘Taxi Driver.’ Everything was gritty.
I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.
It would be just as pointless to oppose the international use of English today as it would have been to oppose the worldwide use of French in the 18th century.
I think there is an extreme charm in the French, and actually it’s their bolshiness that makes them such fun.
I love French stuff. Mmmm, french fries.
The fact is, beneath the hype, Iraqis will soon appreciate American help and idealism far more than French perfidy. It is never wrong to be on the side of freedom – never.
The French have a very deep knowledge of Islam in many areas, and we can exchange views.
For me, 30 days, it’s already pretty good for ribeye or sirloin on the bone. I like my meat grass-fed and juicy. The French never age their meat more than two or three weeks.
The men who died at D-Day did not die shoulder-to-shoulder with their French comrades. They died to liberate the French from a sinister and brutal occupation.
They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom and any American could understand that.
We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life.
I learned French before I learned Spanish.
I like salty, creamy foods. I could sit down with a bag of chips and French onion dip and go to town! That would be on my last-supper list.
After all, we are not French and never can be, and any attempt to be so is to deny our inheritance and to try to impose upon ourselves a character that can be nothing but a veneer upon the surface.
If somebody had started on a remake of French Kiss before I announced my own film, I would have dropped my subject. If someone else starts after me, what am I to do?
My wife is French, and so I get to see America through her eyes, which informs a lot of little moments. It means I can poke fun at very particular things about us.
The French Revolution will be found to have had great influence on the strength of parties, and on the subsequent political transactions of the United States.
I’ve always got on very well with the French, perhaps because I’m very natural.
French was my first language.
I saw the original that Gela Babluani wrote and directed called ’13 Tzameti,’ and that was very interesting. I believe it was a French film, and I was just intrigued by the awkwardness; the off-beatness of the film really just grasped me.
Apart from English, I speak my mother tongue Malayalam, as well as Tamil, Telugu, and a bit of Kannada and French.
French culture takes ageing very seriously. There’s much less ageism than in Anglo-Saxon countries.
I would love to eat my body weight in chocolate chip cookies, french fries, and peanut butter, but I don’t. I choose not to. That’s on me, just like it’s on me if I choose to do it.
The body is a universal language. Because if you spoke French, and I speak English, but I move like this or do certain movements, I can still make you smile and laugh.
Milan Kundera was my literature professor. He’s a Francophile, so he made us read French novels like ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ which I made a version of many years later as ‘Valmont.’
I have never had so much fun as in Montreal. I taught the kids French, I baby-sat, I went to school, I was a receptionist at a hairdresser’s, I danced and drank all night. I found that the more you do, the more you have time to do… it’s weird, non?
I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end, I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.
I did a little film called ‘Nina,’ a small role. I played a French girl who was a nurse to Nina Simone. Zoe Saldana plays Nina.
Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.
The writers of the French enlightenment had deliberately used blasphemy as a weapon, refusing to accept the power of the Church to set limiting points on thought.
In each restaurant, I develop a different culinary sensibility. In Paris, I’m more classic, because that’s what customers like. In Monaco, it’s classic Mediterranean haute cuisine. In London, it’s a contemporary French restaurant that I’ve developed with a U.K. influence and my French know-how.
I love chicken fingers, I love French fries. I love desserts. I’m not just into dessert or just into savoury food. I love it all. I’m a pig. I love food. So it takes a lot of discipline to eat healthy.
Beaumont-Hamel sits within a thousand acres of French agriculture. The trenches are under this blanket of grass. In the 1920s, a park was established here and trees from Newfoundland imported to encircle the battlefield so you get the feeling of being within a copse of woods.
In France, everyone speaks French ’cause they think it’s cool. Gives ’em, gives ’em an excuse to smoke.
My family was blue collar, a middle-class kind of thing. My father was born in Detroit, Italian-American. My mother is English. She acted on the stage with Diana Dors. Her parents were French.
I realized very early in life what my abilities and limitations were, and foreign languages was definitely one of my limitations. With strenuous effort, I just barely passed my French class at Harvard so I could graduate.
I had my first French meal and I never got over it. It was just marvelous. We had oysters and a lovely dry white wine. And then we had one of those lovely scalloped dishes and the lovely, creamery buttery sauce. Then we had a roast duck and I don’t know what else.
I don’t feel like I have to be nationalistic French because I’m afraid of losing whatever. No, no, no, no. And also I don’t think we are the best.
Comedy is really my passion. I started out way before television doing sketch comedy with other women. Very much along the lines of, at the time it was ‘Sensible Footwear’, but now it’s ‘Smack The Pony’, ‘French And Saunders’, that kind of thing. That’s how I started out.
I can’t think of this country without Quebec. Je parle francais. And when I think about being a Canadian, speaking French is part of it.
My biggest challenge is cooking traditional French dishes, which usually require very specific techniques and methods. That’s just not my style… I cook from the soul.
German writers in the late 18th century were the first to uphold a prickly, literary nationalism, in reaction to the then dominance and prestige of French literature.
I tend to curse in French more often than I do in English.
Children don’t just play any more – they’re far too busy learning to fence and taking extra French classes. In the end, you’re actually doing more damage to your children by trying to hot-house them. It’s far better to remain a calm parent.
A cravat is the only item of named after Croatians. Balkan mercenaries were brought to Paris by Louis XIV. Their strange and exotic attire attracted the French bon hommes, who were wearing formal ruffs, and who immediately took to the simple and relaxed military cloth tied at the neck.
I love France. The French respect your privacy.
The French are very individualistic.
The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Spanish and the English have spent centuries killing each other.
Fledgling designers need investment – but how much easier it is to put them in a dead man or woman’s shoes, perhaps also backing the new designer’s namesake line, but only as what the French call a ‘danseuse,’ a plaything.
From what I’ve read, everyone has a claim on Merlin. Was he Scottish, Welsh, English or even French? All these countries have got a big claim on him and Camelot. That’s why the Arthurian legends are so popular – because they are such good stories.
I like California wine, I really like wines from Washington state. I love wines from Spain and Italy. I don’t know about French wines at all.
It’s true, I’m the youngest, highest-grossing French director. I have a few records, but no one knows or simply doesn’t care. That’s good, because I like that. Ultimately, I want to keep working, making a lot of movies, and get better at it. It’s about finding great scripts and bringing them to life.
Mom’s dad was in the army, stormed the beach at Normandy, fought through the French hedgerows, the Battle of the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, and liberated concentration camps at the end of the war.
I’ve always thought – and I don’t even know if I’d be right for the part – that Jean Seberg would make a great biopic. She was in Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless,’ she played Joan of Arc. She had this eventful and traumatic adulthood, she thought the FBI was after her, and she became a darling of the French New Wave.
I would rather do really good French films than ‘American Pie.’
I’m not the first player to have their home Grand Slam and not perform. There have been a few Australians and French players, you name it. It’s a tough thing. But it is one of those things. Would I rather have a Grand Slam in my country than not? I would.
I like to provoke. I’m very French.
The French complain of everything, and always.
After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three generations, the British maintained an old-fashioned colonial empire, as well as a modern empire based on London’s primacy in the money markets.
I’m always feeling like I don’t belong, no matter where I am. So I’m just searching for a family nonstop, and sometimes I find it in the mosh pit, sometimes I find it when I’m doing some French TV show with the president’s wife.
From the sea came a boat with some Israeli commando soldiers who took me by the commando boat to the yacht and put me on the yacht. In the yacht I asked people, who are you. And they said we are Israelis, French and British.
The French have the reputation of being arrogant. I don’t think it’s arrogance but a certain authenticity.
Why, so soon as French Canadians, who are in a minority in this House and in the country, were to organise as a political party, they would compel the majority to organise as a political party, and the result must be disastrous to themselves.
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn’t that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I’d already been translating French poetry, I’d been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.
My dream is not Hollywood, but to perform my act in English to 30 people in a Soho comedy club, to show New Yorkers what they look like from the French point of view.
I speak English, so I am no longer cute. My tongue itches for French.
Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!
When I’m on a strict eating regimen, at some point I have to have French fries, a cheeseburger and some pizza. And Oreos and vanilla ice cream!
Some words, you know, it’s amazing but some words would come only in French, and when I speak French, it would only come in English. And so the adjustment is very difficult sometimes.
America thrives on identity politics, left and right. But France is opposed to the idea. Since the Revolution, the French have enthroned the idea of universalism. All of us must be equal before the law as abstract individuals, and that extends to the arts.
There would probably be less of a frenzy among the French public.
I’ve never gone for the smooth, suave Latin or French lover. That usually makes me think they’re trying to pull one over on me.
As for the French language, it’s probably one of the most beautiful in the world. I speak a little bit and I can follow conversations, but I think it will take time to improve myself.
I have often said that just as the French revolution, for instance, understood itself through antiquity, I think our time can be understood through the French revolution. It is quite a natural process to use other times to understand your own time.
I never thought that I would have to play an Indian, well half French, but an Indian woman in my life.
English is really free for me; there’s no limits to the music and the imagination. And French, it’s just I live in Paris, and it’s really a poetic language where you can really play with words.
I was on the cover of French ‘Grazia,’ which was amazing. It was all over Paris!
There is rap music in all my films. In ‘La Vie des Morts,’ there is rap music too. It’s because I’m French, and when it appeared in 1978, it was so new, it set off my musical imagination.
I speak French, German, English, and Dutch, and I can say a few words in Spanish – none of these languages have anything to do with Valyrian.
As a rule, I try to avoid the French Quarter because of the crowds, especially Bourbon Street. But hey, some people love it. A great, wild, adult thing to see is the costume competition in front of the bar Oz on Bourbon early morning on Fat Tuesday.
Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke, however imperfectly, and read in great quantities, at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly different from either Latin or Greek.
I grew up speaking Spanish and English. My mother can speak Spanish, English, French and Italian, and she’s pretty good at faking Portuguese. I wish that I spoke more languages than I do.
The French were mystified about the Watergate scandal.
I went to a French immersion school, and French-Canadian improv is a big thing, and we had an improv team at school, and 12 of us would get up and make things up against other elementary schools. I’d always wanted to perform, and that was just another extension of it.
In Paris and later in Marseille, I was surrounded by some of the best food in the world, and I had an enthusiastic audience in my husband, so it seemed only logical that I should learn how to cook ‘la cuisine bourgeoise’ – good, traditional French home cooking.
I had an amazing French teacher in high school – it was the one class that I enjoyed. And I studied opera for 11 years, so I did a lot of singing in French.
Being ‘contented’ ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
I was inspired by Colin Farrell in the fact that he’s Irish and has freckles but with black hair. I’m a bunch of different things, Irish, Polish, Native American, and French, but I wanted to tap into that Irish side and be freckle-y with black hair, so that’s what I did.
In matters of commerce the fault of the Dutch Is offering too little and asking too much. The French are with equal advantage content, So we clap on Dutch bottoms just twenty per cent.
The French are endowed with bigger limbs; those of the Spaniards are stronger; they have a very slim waist. The French fight with more ferocity than advise. The Spaniards the opposite.
My father’s really fluent in French, but I can’t speak at all. I actually took it twice in school already and failed both times!
I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.
I think the French have a romantic cliche that Englishmen have great style, great music, irony and sense of humour. Well, sometimes cliches are true.
The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
I speak French fluently, so that really helped.
Sauce is certainly ancestral to French cooking. The technique is very tricky, but it’s also very fundamental.
I’m most impressed by the Russian writers, so I love reading the works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Another author who has informed the way I think is the French philosopher, Blaise Pascal.
I like the Japanese knives, I like French knives. Whatever’s sharp.
I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
It’s true that French are not very sophisticated in the sense that they don’t dress up for dinners. They are not like Americans, where they are always perfect – the girls are not very sporty; they don’t take care of themselves as much as Americans, who always have very white teeth and are so fit.
Funny thing about the volatile and biased French crowds. While they’d prefer to be cheering a countryman and giving his foreign opponent merry hell, if there was no Frenchman in the game, they’d always support a Continental player over an Englishman, an American, or an Australian.
Although the French appellation system has its roots in the 1923 system created in Chateauneuf-du-Pape by Baron Le Roy, proprietor of the renowned Chateau Fortia, Chateauneuf-du-Pape never developed a reputation for quality or achieved the prestige enjoyed by such regions as Burgundy and Bordeaux.
When I’m up on stage, I don’t think about anything except the song I’m singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can’t think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow!
I was ecstatic they re-named ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries’. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots.
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.
A month before the season I stop putting ketchup on my french fries.
As a kid, I always wanted to be lots of things. I was a Walter Mitty type. I wanted to be in the French Foreign Legion, a detective, a doctor, a test pilot with a scarf, a fisherman who hauled in a tremendous marlin after a 12-hour fight.
French is a foreign language, but I’ve been speaking it since I was 18 so it’s second nature to me.
French women love to shop and prepare food. They love to talk about what they have bought and made. It’s a deeply natural love, but one that is erased in many other cultures. Most French women learn it from their mothers, some from their fathers. But if your parents aren’t French, you can still learn it yourself.
English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science.
I have been challenged with the fictional languages I have to learn. I wasn’t terrible at languages at school – I got an A in French, so I did well enough – but I didn’t enjoy them. I’m not even sure if that plays into how well you learn a fictional language!
I think London, New York, Paris, Milan, any big city has its own fashion. I don’t know why they make such a big thing of Paris. I think maybe it comes from French New Wave films portraying the French girl as very feminine.
My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American.
I always feel I’m better known in England than I am here in the U.S. Americans don’t read that much, and the French are very good at knowing the names of everybody.
I think New Orleans is such a beautiful city. It looks like a fairytale when you walk through the French Quarter or the Garden District. There is such a lush sense of color, style, architecture – and the people themselves.
What is essential in love is what the French call ‘amour fou.’ What is that in English? Crazy love? That doesn’t sound as beautiful. It’s a total kind of love that not only embraces feelings, actions, but a kind of understanding of the world from the perspective of love.
There’s a big difference, as I’m sure you know, it’s a slightly manneristic one, between people of the ’60s and people of ’68. Being a soixante-huitard – it’s so nice to have a French word for it – is very different from just having happened to been a baby boomer in the ’60s.
We were a family who had come from nothing and now we had respect from French people of all sorts.
Matisse was my God. I’m a French artist, that’s for sure. I am color-oriented and what you might call a composer. I am not pouring my guts out; I keep them inside.
Nobody in France would ever say ‘He’s a Jewish novelist’ or ‘She’s a black novelist,’ even though people do write about those subjects. It would look absurd to a French person to go into a bookstore and see a ‘Gay Studies’ section.
The French press can be very harsh, and the one thing they can’t bear is multi-tasking. They despise it to the highest degree, so from the age of five I’ve been taught that if I did two things at the same time, it meant I didn’t know how to do one. It’s an obsession that they have.
I’ve always had a strange acting life. I’m the daughter of a director, and a very French, typical director who fell in love with every single one of his actresses. And that’s also something that’s kind of normal in the acting business, because everything is based on desire, one way or the other.
Now, if you are like me – if you are like practically anybody in America – then you probably hold some negative opinions about the French, based upon movies, rumors, recent headlines, unfortunate run-ins with Parisian waiters, or… you know… all that unpleasantness surrounding the Vichy regime.
One thing I can say about the French language is that no one in the world loves their language as much as they do. It doesn’t matter if you’re close – it still sounds terrible to their ears.
I don’t have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what’s appropriate or attractive.
Certain foods no longer agree with me. If I eat French fries, I might feel sick to my stomach.
How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and crooked as individuals.
I’m going to start these art museums that are basically converted homes, and I have one for modern art, and I have one for 19th century European art, and one for French impressionism. I’ve got Japanese.
I want to go to college to study journalism. I want to speak French fluently, to travel. My mom was a journalist and it’s in my blood.
These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French, all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
I’ve heard though that there is a younger generation of tonal French composers who are reacting with vigour.
Quebec City is the most European of any city in North America; they speak French all the time. There is a part of town called Old Quebec which is really like being in France. The architecture is just gorgeous, food, shopping. I’d say Quebec City is the most beautiful city in North America I’ve seen.
I went to L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and I think French cooking is the basis for a lot of classical cuisine, a foundation of a lot of other cuisines. That said, it’s not the only way to approach a cooking career.
Sunday’s my day off, where I eat whatever I want. I don’t not let myself have something. I do love French fries and bread.
I’m stuck somewhere a small island in the middle of the Atlantic where I’m alone. Because in France, they’re like, ‘No, you’re not like us, you’re not a French guy.’ And in America, they’re like, ‘You’re not like us.’ I’m really alone in my little thing.
I find that there are a lot of similarities between French and Japanese food. I think they’re two countries that have really systemized their cuisine and codified it.
I used to feel I was more French than anything, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I really don’t feel like I belong to a specific country, and it is so difficult for people to understand that.
My tastes went all over the place, from Strauss to Mahler. I was never a big Wagner or Tchaikovsky fan. Benjamin Britten, Tallis, all the early English Medieval music, Prokofiev, some Russian composers, mostly the people that were the colorists, the French.
What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably… have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
But at the time when he wrote, Englishmen, with the rarest exceptions, wrote only in French or Latin; and when they began to write in English, a man of genius, to interpret and improve on him, was not found for a long time.
All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world.
French cinema audiences usually don’t express anything. Certainly not satisfaction.
Nothing could be more French than pastry.
The French people need to have all the facts so they can choose. And I won’t be running away from it or hiding from it.
I speak Italian and a little bit of French. I moved to Trento, Italy, when I was around 10 to learn Italian. I have family there. I’m trying to restart my French. And then I want to get into Mandarin.
If you look back at the history of creativity in clothes – the French Revolution, the First World War and the Second World War – they have all been creative reinventions, the moment new forms of luxury come into play.
The French suffered such catastrophic losses in the First World War. It really was the end of them as a great world power, although they, quote, ‘won.’
It’s only because I feel like such a philistine spending all that time in hair and makeup that I started to knit. I used to spend that time studying Italian and French. Then after I had two kids, my brain turned to mush and I took up knitting.
Albert Camus’s ‘La Peste’ – ‘The Plague’ – had an enormous impact on me when I read it in high school French class, and I chose my senior yearbook quote from it. In college, I wrote a philosophy class paper on Camus and Sartre, and again chose my yearbook quote from ‘La Peste.’
I’d had a French education for three years, my father being in the army. From 9 to 12, I went to French school. I’ve been sort of part of the culture, part of the geography, since I was quite young – the imprint was there.
Dashi remains unfamiliar to most French and American cooks, who tend to reach for a bouillon cube to do many of the same things. But dashi is worth preparing and using the way the Japanese do: for poaching fish, as a soup base, and in simmered dishes.
A French Republican is a Republican who beats up on conservatives and is constantly praising the Democrats and contributing to the massive spending in this country while they go home and pretend otherwise.
It’s funny because I remember when I came to the U.S. with ‘Swimming Pool,’ the movie did well, and it was great box office for a French movie, but I remember I was a bit upset because all people talked to me about was the nudity.
It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans.
People say ‘Why would you learn Dutch? Nobody speaks it. Why not French?’ Even the Dutch say that to me! I say because I want to live here, I think it’s only common courtesy that I speak the language.
Machismo requires Latin blood. I’d say I never experienced machismo up close until I worked in a French office; the typical Wall Street gunner has the soul of a coffee filter in comparison.
I got into an argument with someone because I said I think 2Pac will be regarded as a great poet. They said he was just a punk gangster. People said the same thing about Francois Villon, and he’s now considered the best French Romantic poet of all time.
When I got to college I simply decided that I could speak French, because I just could not spend any more time in French classes. I went ahead and took courses on French literature, some of them even taught in French.
I am attached to the French language. I will defend the ubiquitous use of French.
I feel a little schizophrenic because my life is so totally different from here, obviously. And the French values are so different from American values.
I can speak English, Portuguese, and a bit of Spanish, or Sportugal. It’s a mix of Portuguese and Spanish. I understand French and Italian, but I can’t speak them.
I do consider myself as being French, I suppose.
Even if I think in English, it’s more a language of acting than French.
I definitely think prom should feel sophisticated. I’m not really into cutouts and all that. I would go for a more simple look – maybe a dark-colored dress and a red lip and long wavy hair; and for nails, a French tip is always classic and cute!
The scary thing is I took 12 years of French, and I can barely say, ‘My name is… ‘ And that’s not because of the concussions.
I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it’s a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant.
Any quality player can adjust well to the different demands. It is like a good tennis player who is expected to adjust to the clay at the French Open, the grass at Wimbledon, the hard courts of the U.S. and the heat of the Australian Open. A professional is expected to do all that.
We were only there for five days and during that time Tom was a bit annoyed that the French were more interested in me and my schoolgirl outfit than him and his long scarf.
I’ve played American, Italian, Greek, French. I’ve been really lucky that way.
I have made an art form of the interview. The French are the best interviewers, despite their addiction to the triad, like all Cartesians.
When you live in America, it’s kind of insular – the news coverage that you get – unless you’re really smart about it and find more international news coverage. I’ve learned that from my husband. In the French culture, they talk politics.
My grandfather was from outside of Moscow, and my grandmother, although some of her family were French, was from Odessa. They met as immigrants in New York in the early ’20s. My mother’s family came over from Ireland generations ago.
I’m fine being addicted to chocolate and French fries.
I made a French film called ‘Merry Christmas’ which is a very European film. It’s a World War I piece.
I love French auto design of the early ’50s, ’60s, early ’70s of Citorens, Renaults, and Peugeots. They’re so unique.
In fact, it is amazing how much European films – Italian, French, German and English – have recovered a certain territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
My sisters like cooking at my place. It has a bit more room, and the food tastes a little bit better. A big pot of spaghetti and sauce, some warm French bread – works all the time. I think I’ve been eating pasta for 26 years.
The amateur is very rare in French literature – as rare as he is common in our own.
My mother likes what I cook, but doesn’t think it’s French. My wife is Puerto Rican and Cuban, so I eat rice and beans. We have a place in Mexico, but people think I’m the quintessential French chef.
For me the French team belongs to the past.
There is a bright spot or two for the Spaniards. French toast has become freedom toast on the Air Force One breakfast menu, but the Spanish omelet is still a Spanish omelet.
I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published.
Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’s Centre Georges Pompidou of 1971-1977 – the true prototype of the modern museum as popular architectural spectacle – wound up costing so much more than planned that the French government solved the shortfall by cutting support for several regional museums.
For a brief moment, Ian Fleming made being an Englishman seem sexy, even to the French. He should have been awarded a knighthood, even possibly the Garter.
There was no United States before slavery. I am sure somebody can make some sort of argument about modern French identity and slavery and North Africa, but there simply is no American history before black people.
Canada was for me very much Sweden, you know? Very much open people, that they read books, they go see films. I felt at home in Canada. And also, you speak French.
The French have got to understand that a film is so expensive that it can no longer afford to be regional or even national in scope.
Speaking French is good for me and also a mark of respect for the PSG institution.
Of course there are fat French women. There are fat people everywhere.
My first restoration was on ‘Napoleon,’ trying to put the French version in with the English version, and it was most unsatisfactory.
I see by your letter to my father that you are rather afraid the French may invade England.
Cheese is good. And Britain, despite the grumblings of the French and the outrage of the Swiss, not to mention some plucky challenges from Italy, Austria, and Spain, has some of the best cheese in the world. We’re world leaders in cheese.
The people of Texas are rightly proud of their own, just like the French and the Italians, but visiting artists have often been given a shot in the history of art.
Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so. What separated a German mother from a French mother?
I always eat mac and cheese. That’s what I’m known for, just very simple food: sandwiches, French fries, very unhealthy, but yeah that’s what I eat.
I love the French for their sarcasm, their irony. I love them for their bad moods.
In spite of all the skills that I do have, to relate to the normal world I have no applicable skills. I can speak Russian, I can speak French. I know about Chanel. Especially vintage Chanel. I know what Halston is. All of these things, but they can’t really be applied to a nine-to-five.
French women famously take care over their appearance, but this wasn’t instilled in me as I grew up. I was taught that beauty comes from different places, from the inside and from the outside.
We won the European Championship last September and now the world title. That is some year for French beach soccer! Now comes the hard part. We have to keep improving and that’s difficult because it’s tough to do better than winning a world title.
When you go to a show, Americans in New York are very proper, much more so than the French. Everything is perfect. Their hair, the nails, everything. The look. Everything is perfection.
There’s no way New Orleans will ever be the city it was. I think it will have half the population. They may create a sort of Disneyland at the French Quarter for tourists. The rest I don’t know.
The first wine I drank, a Chateau Haut-Brion, I was 22, it was my first glass of wine, and I discovered voluptuousness. From there, I started tasting French wines, then Spanish wines, then Italian wines.
My father’s Peruvian! I actually have a lot of family in Cuzco. I’m also Swiss, Alaskan, French, Spanish and Italian.
I can make the best French toast.
There is an old story that says that Julia Child dropped a chicken on the floor when she was filming ‘The French Chef.’ And then – that, in fact, is not true. She just, you know, dropped some potatoes she was trying to flip in a pan.
My mom taught me German before I knew English. And I went to French immersion school.
Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.
The American high school graduate is two years behind his English, French or German counterpart; in Alabama, God knows how far behind.
I obtained a Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Fellowship and entered the graduate program in History at the University of California. With no Greek or French and minimal Latin and German, I was in no position to pursue my classical interests, so I began work at Berkeley with little more than an open mind.
As British and French imperialism ebbed following the end of the Second World War, America became the main outside player in Arab affairs.
My mom read French ‘Elle’ when I was a little girl, and so, when I was 15 or 16, I said, ‘I want to work in fashion.’
The largest and most influential houses chiefly demonstrate the aloofness of the French approach.
Culture and tradition have to change little by little. So ‘new’ means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don’t think ‘new new new.’ I’m not a genius. A little twist.
I’m terrible at languages. I’m trying to learn Spanish. I tried to learn French as a kid.
You have to adjust to where you are but the French are all together – the guys and the women. It’s good.
The recent riots in France demonstrate the problem European countries face where second and third generation immigrants still do not consider themselves French, German, or English.
Here’s the irony in what I do: When I go out to eat, I like classic French food. I like amazing Japanese food that has such a history that it goes back hundreds of years. And I also like really innovative food as well.
In school in Lebanon, we were not allowed to speak Arabic during breaks – it had to be French or English.
I think there’s a time and place to watch an independent film, or catch up on a French action film on your laptop, or Netflix it, or download it, or watch it on-demand. But I think we also have to maintain the sacredness of the movie theatre as church – especially with event screenings.
I would not go so far as to say that the French trade unions attached greater importance to the struggle for peace than the others did; but they certainly seemed to take it more to heart.
The French had an obvious financial interest in Iraq. That’s been documented. They were involved financially in Iraq and in some cases, I think with weapons of mass destruction.
I love the French horn.
I think French women tend to keep it simple. I’d say try the less-is-more approach, which is not always easy to get right.
The readership of Victorian novels, when they were published, was much less diverse. People were probably white, and had enough money to be literate. Very often, there are phrases in Italian, German and French that are left untranslated.
It’s disrespectful to tell the French in the morning that you’re going to reduce the debt, in the evening that you’re not going to make any savings, and the next morning, after thinking about it, that you’re going to spend more.
Ho joined the French socialist party, the first Vietnamese to be a member of a French political party.
I’ve always wondered why there isn’t a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren’t interested in telling that sort of thing.
I want to be adopted by the French. I want to go to live in Paris.
Whoever would have guessed that in the land of cheap sausages and mashed potatoes there could be such a change which would actually bring the French from Paris every weekend to invade Britain en masse to eat great food and drink great wine.
The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini. When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris. He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy – I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.
If I were not French I would choose to be – Scotch.
A lot of our animation projects are co-productions with French production companies.
When I first went to Paris in 1965, I fell in love with the small, family-owned restaurants that existed everywhere then, as well as the markets and the French obsession with buying fresh food, often twice a day.
To put the point sharply: If an informer in the French underground who sent a friend to the torture chambers of the Gestapo was equally a victim, then there can be no right or wrong in life that I understand.
As for the role of France and Germany: French politics is often more self-confident then German politics due to the catastrophe in the first half of the last century. If Berlin and Paris don’t agree, then it is difficult to make progress in Europe.
I don’t really have anything against the French except that, as an American, I’ve been bred to despise them with the same zeal as soccer and Renny Harlin films.
I like to talk about my obsession with french fries because I don’t want people to think that ‘Let’s Move’ is about complete, utter deprivation. It’s about moderation and real-life changes and ideas that really work for families.
I don’t like French food. I like everything but French food.
The French Revolution is the ultimate modernist statement. Destroy everything. Don’t build on the past. There is no past.
If it’s not American, the French won’t go see it.
I grew up watching a lot of French cinema.
After 10 years of French torture – psychological torture – it’s great to do an American movie.
I am typically French.
I grew up in a Mauritian bubble in France… I had the feeling of not belonging, but still living with French culture.
I’m religious about salted butter. I don’t understand how it happened that everyone thought we should all have sweet butter. I blame the French.
Italian is the language of song. German is good for philosophy and English for poetry. French is best at precision; it has a rigour to it.
The funny thing in France is that writers are not allowed to retire, because the French government say you are still earning money from books you wrote 20 years ago.
I would love to live in Paris and speak French. That would make me feel glamorous!
Antiwhite racism is developing in sections of our cities where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – contemptuously designate French people as gaulois on the pretext they don’t share the same religion, color or origins.
Throughout my childhood, and thanks to Arsenal’s former striker Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club, so that dream has been fulfilled.
I love food, all types of food. I love Korean food, Japanese, Italian, French. In Australia, we don’t have a distinctive Australian food, so we have food from everywhere all around the world. We’re very multicultural, so we grew up with lots of different types of food.
When I started writing, the first thing that came out was in English. I liked a few French things, but they were very overwhelming.
French football must go as far as possible in the Champions League.
There is a certain dignity to being French.
If, in English, we speak words, the French speak thoughts.
My style is quite clean, vintage, and almost French in a way.
I always try to slip healthy things by my kids. I give them sweet potato French fries and fake chicken nuggets.
In New York I pretty much live in diners – I order French Fries, Diet Coke floats and lots of coffee.
I’d love to do some comedy. Particularly French comedy, which I know sounds like a contradiction in terms.
I love shooting French films because I don’t have to stick with being sophisticated or stuck-up.
There’s something Vichy about the French.
The United States, for a French citizen, is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe, along with most Europeans, our freedom.
The great thing about American women is their energy and the way they love to dress. French women don’t really dress; they are too conservative, as it’s always a question of money. In America, women are powerful and strong, determined. If they want to be an object, they choose to be in control.
At least when it’s in French, I won’t know what the heck they’re saying.
I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles.
I think I was pretty much hated in France. The French press ignored me. There was a movement when the children of celebrities faced strong animosity.
You have to list all your special skills on a form when you get an agent. There’s fencing, stage combat, horse riding, motorbike riding, Spanish, French, German, whatever. I just ticked everything. I talk about 10 languages according to that form. I even ticked the extreme sports box.
The English and Japanese are the most inventive dressers in the world, but French girls are the most beautiful. I am still always amazed by the style of French girls, and the only reason is that they dress according to themselves and not according to fashion. They know what suits them.
Historically speaking, the French economy was largely driven by the demand side.
The most classic French dessert around the holidays is the Christmas log, with butter cream. Two flavors. Chocolate and coconut. My first job in the kitchen when I was a boy was to make these Christmas logs.
No matter what their background, the southern French are fascinated by food.
It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
The French elites’ strategy of trying to defeat the Le Pens by aping their rhetoric, stealing their policies, and pandering to their voters has been a political and moral failure.
French women will always look up at a man, even if he is four inches shorter than she is.
I love Parisian hotels. I usually stay in either Le Bristol, which is gorgeous, or Hotel Paris Rivoli, which is very French and feels like a step back in time. I also love the luxury of Waldorf Astoria hotels.
The petty logic of political parties cannot be allowed to stifle the French people’s legitimate aspirations to safety and liberty.
The whole process of music for me is something absolutely honest and really naked and bare, so I never forced myself to write in French.
I learned French in Tunis, along with Arabic. I also learned French history. I knew the entire history of the kings of France. And I was fascinated by Versailles.
It’d be cool to chipmunk-ize ‘The Virgin Suicides’ soundtrack. All this ethereal French music, I think that would be unique to listen to.
French women don’t have too many clothes – a few good pieces that last for a while and are classic and timeless.
I like French films, Chabrol in particular. With him, you often get a skewed morality in which you sympathise with the person you shouldn’t.
I just saw Memento. It’s very, very good. I watch a lot of French films.
Le Cirque at first was one of those general French restaurants in town, which were cooking more or less the same food. At Le Cirque, I wanted to do something different while respecting the foundation of the restaurant. I did that through the menu.
Personally, I am a nationalist, but my race is my nation, and I see all true Europeans as my racial brethren and part of my nation, be them Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish, French, German, or English, Russian, Polish, or Belorussian, or whatever.
German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody can sell himself in China!
French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
I’m not the healthiest eater, but I try to watch what I eat during the week. I kind of splurge on the weekends and eat french fries and pizza.
When I wrote ‘Barefoot in Paris,’ I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.
French fries. I love them. Some people are chocolate and sweets people. I love French fries. That and caviar.
My way of remaining French was the financing scheme I used for Quest for Fire, with Fox funds, since it started as a 100% American production. The film was not in French and yet was French in style, reflecting my personality.
British media supported Hillary. No problem with that. No interference. Nothing. French media supported Hillary. No problem with that. Some Russian media supported Trump: ‘Oh my God!’
The Arab spring was not as radical as the French or Iranian revolutions. It did not pull out the deeply entrenched roots of the state. Instead, it was satisfied to replace the top of the pyramid with newly elected, but inexperienced, leaders.
We Americans are mildly interested, of course, in reading about the discovery of radium by Madame Curie, but what we really yearn to know is the name of the uncommemorated French female who first mixed a sauce bearnaise.
In the province of Quebec where I come from, we speak French, and the only cosmopolitan city is Montreal. Every time we tackle the subject of immigration and racial tension, it’s an issue that concerns Montreal.
Because I was born in Casablanca and my parents were from the south of Spain, I do not have a big central root in France. I feel French but in a few ways, not at all French.
I don’t want to sound like Ross; I don’t want to sound like Puff. I want to make my own music: French Montana.
I like junk food, French fries, hamburgers – I love it.
When I was in college at the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied international relations and French, I studied abroad in Paris for a semester. I think when you’re there, you can’t help but be immersed in fashion because it’s such a part of the city.
Some friends of Israel believe that the Palestinians will never, in their hearts, accept a Jewish state in Palestine. Yet Germans and French, Chinese and Japanese, Mexicans and Americans have overcome their once insurmountable differences. Palestinians and Jews also have much to gain from peaceful coexistence.
Sushi is something very exclusive. It is not like a McDonald’s, not like a hot dog, not like a French fry. It’s very high-class cooking in Japan.
In the 1930s, there were so many different conflicts going on between the British, the French, the Russians, the Germans, the Spaniards, the Romanians and so on.
I can read a lot of French newspapers with Google Translate and have them read quite comfortably.
French women have been made beautiful by the French people – they’re very aware of their bodies, the way they move and speak, they’re very confident of their sexuality. French society’s made them like that.
Nine months after we submitted the original screenplay for ‘The Attack,’ the studio that was involved pulled out. I’ve been told that ‘you don’t write in a French way; you can’t make these multicultural films.’
We used to be referred to as bakers and then we became known as cake decorators and now we are known as cake designers. I teach at the French Culinary Institute in New York and cake design is a legitimate profession.
In my day, MI6 – which I called the Circus in the books – stank of wartime nostalgia. People were defined by secret cachet: one man did something absolutely extraordinary in Norway; another was the darling of the French Resistance. We didn’t even show passes to go in and out of the building.
French and German illustrate the misleading character of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.
I grew up in France, my first language was French, and I tend to gravitate towards French cooking.
I love French cuisine. From crepes to the variety of cheese and seafood preparations, this cuisine is so innovative and fresh. It offers something for every kind of foodie.
I’ll tell you what I love. Sending back bottles of wine that aren’t right in restaurants in France! Whoa! I love the French, but I do find their wine snobbery something unbearable.
They’re very nationalistic the French – or they used to be. Very insular. Pretty arrogant.
I play piano and drums very poorly and French horn and tuba all equally as bad.
I work, play and do everything in French.
People who share the same language, French or Chinese or whatever, have the same vocal cords and emit sounds which are basically the same, as they come from the same throats and lungs.
We decided that the French could never write user-friendly software because they’re so rude.
The earliest movies that I loved were French movies and Italian movies. I grew up watching those kind of movies and often find the truest looks at human nature – you can find them in another country’s movies.
The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq.
The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
I won’t wait until the end of my term to say I made mistakes at the beginning. That’s too late. I will try to adopt the proper behaviour, if the French give me the chance, right from the start.
The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time: 132 years.
It’s Fendi. French, Fendi, both start with an F… I fell in love with it. Smells like grown-man cologne.
For me, French is so rich and so sacred that learning it is like learning a foreign language.
My father is Swedish and my mother is French.
The cooking standards for Italian food are less demanding than for French. All you need are some fried mozzarella and five pastas, and you’re in business.
Back in my 20s, when I wrote ‘A Place of Greater Safety,’ the French Revolution novel, I thought, ‘I’ll always have to write historical novels because I can’t do plots.’ But in the six years of writing that novel, I actually learned to write, to invent things.
French cinema allows women to look… a certain way and be talented at the same time.
I think Maje typifies that French vibe where it’s simple items that are very practical, very wearable but also, like, incredibly chic and expensive-looking.
It was always said that the big distinction between the French and the English is that the English are intelligent and the French are intellectual.
I eat a cheeseburger with French fries almost every day.
The French are true romantics. They feel the only difference between a man of forty and one of seventy is thirty years of experience.
My grandfather was a French professor in Kolkata, though I never met him.
No, I’m not a French designer either. I’m from nowhere. I’m a European, old European is all I am.
I am constantly swimming on the margin, neither 100% American, French, nor Lebanese. I am none of those. I am the result of those three. Sometimes it’s an asset: no one can put you in a category. That I do not make typical Lebanese, European or American films does not bother me.
‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’ is a very important movie because it represents something new. The director Christophe Gans came up with the idea of taking a French legend and making it some kind of really strange, almost Chinese action movie. The result is something that I haven’t seen anywhere before.
I’ve been working with Spanish, French, some more American, and Japanese directors. And then I realized I have to study English, and that’s why I moved to New York two years ago.
Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism.
Most of the Ten Commandments are negative. The purpose of law is not to mandate good behavior. That concept comes from the French Revolution.
There are so many people in the world who cannot read English or French or whatever.
I don’t know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there’s a good English phrase for it – cold war.
My parents are both Belgian-born, and so am I, actually. I’m bilingual, so I had experience with French.
The silhouette is the most important thing in clothes. Every French girl knows that. High-waisted trousers give you long legs and a pretty bum which, after all, is what we all want.
People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the ‘cinema d’auteur.’ But to me, two of the great ‘auteurs’ are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
When I was growing up, I did not exercise at all. I was raised in the French Quarter in New Orleans. If I saw someone running, I would call the police because I thought they stole something on Royal Street.
These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.
By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don’t hesitate.
I don’t feel guilty about expressing myself in French; nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
It was announced as a French victory by the French Minister of War. I did not see any sign of victory but only the retreat of the French forces engaged in the battle.
The world distribution of French movies is a laughing matter. That is a fact.
Paris is great. I stay at the Ritz Paris – I’m good friends with the Director, Frank Klein, and the owner. I lived there 3 years; I was the only foreigner working at Maxim’s. They only took French, which was a mistake.
No secular state ever existed and none would exist until the end of the French Revolution, and so we understand that America was built on the Judeo-Christian ethic and we believe that this nominee is going to see to it that those truths are upheld.
I used to have to beg and borrow ВЈ25 to hire some French windows. I started producing in 1967, and I was in debt until 1981. Having a think about whether you can afford ‘this’ or ‘that’ is a good discipline to have, to maximise what you can achieve to the highest standard.
What the French want is coherence, stability and justice. If I am in a favorable position today, it’s because my fellow citizens want to make the effort to straighten out the country, and at the same time they want it to be just and equitable.
I don’t ever want to stop learning. And I really want to learn French fluently. It would be great to go and live in France.
I want the French people to respect values that allow each individual to practice his or her faith, but in the frame of our common rules of secularism.
I grew up in a literary home and majored in French, English, and sociology. They all have served me well over the years.
Cinco de Mayo is an important day. The Mexicans had to defend themselves from the French. It is historically significant, but it is not Mexican Independence Day.
On the last day of January 1915, in the second year of the Great War, down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into this world.
Even if I’m gone all day, breakfast is the one meal I always cook for my kids. I make French toast, oatmeal, or an egg burrito.
The Russians are very much more up and down than the French.
I was raised speaking English and Spanish. And I also speak Danish. And I can get by in French and Italian. I’ve acted in Spanish and English, but when something has to do with emotions, sometimes I feel I can get to the heart of the matter better in Spanish.
Maybe I am not French, maybe I am from nowhere.
When I first came to New York I was a dancer, and a French record label offered me a recording contract and I had to go to Paris to do it. So I went there and that’s how I really got into the music business. But I didn’t like what I was doing when I got there, so I left, and I never did a record there.
When I first started working, I was very aware of the fact that I’d been to university and studied Russian and French and not acting. So when I started working, I’d started working quite young, I felt like it was important to treat myself kind of like an apprentice and do as many different types of things as I could.
I’m pretty good with languages. I know a bit of French and actually want to live in France some day so that I can get fluent. I think it’d be tragic to go through life only knowing one language.
I was picked up on a London street by a model agent. She took me to her office and then sent me to Paris to work in shows. It was supposed to be two weeks, but I ended up living there with my Zimbabwean boyfriend. I made enough money modeling and acting in French movies to buy a nice flat.
I can speak French, understand Gaelic and know my history. That’s the training music has given me.
There is a phrase in French, which means ‘to miss.’ To pass by. To not be able to stop. You love someone and someone loves you, but it just can’t work for different reasons.
For me to go casual is not to go simple. To me, it is to be able to bring back the art of tradition and the soul of French food and my interpretation of that.
French Yemeni relations are strong and good, they are relations depending on friendship and cooperation; my relationship with the president Chiraq are old and real.
French people are strange about America, I think.
The very first thing I ever did, I was doing some work for the French Cultural Center. They wanted a little recording set up. And I got wire. A wire recorder. The wire came off spools, and to cut and edit, you tied it together in little square knots. Can you imagine?
I discovered the slip dress, which I think is one of the more French things because when you take off your clothes, even when to go into a shop to buy something, or you’re going to Riccardo Tisci to try on a suit, it’s like having protection.
I love to cook when I have the time. I don’t cook French or Mexican food with exact recipes. I just go to the supermarket and buy things that look good, and I mix it all together and invent something. Ninety-five percent of the time, I’m lucky. Sometimes not so lucky, and I say, ‘Let’s go out to dinner.’
I speak English, Portuguese, and French. One day I’d love to learn Italian.
I just feel at Paris, I will have more chances compared to Madrid. I’m French and I choose a French team. People must be happy to keep a French player in the league.
When you live in Paris, and fashion is such a point of pride for the French, it’s always around and you’re very much exposed to it from an early age. It was always something I knew about and really liked.
Mondays I sleep. I go in at ten, do my lift, watch the game from the day before. Tuesday is off, but I go in, lift, watch film. Then I have French toast with my sister.
It’s the golden age of French cinema again but it’s because Sarkozy had the guts to push through copyright law.
I know where I’m going and I have told the French. I am sure if hope is there, we will be able to put France back on its feet… to live better in five years than we do today.
I’m quite into the French way – simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.
I just love France, I love French people, I love the French language, I love French food. I love their mentality. I just feel like it’s me. I’m very French.
Situationism is a ludicrous proposition. It’s ill-formed and it’s perfectly French. That Gallic disposition towards common sense. L’Anarchie!
Women are a strange thing. Like watches, houses, and cars, you really only need one at any moment in your life (French men disagree).
You are not thinking hard enough if you are sleeping well. And you would have to be unhinged to take on a subject like the French Revolution, or Rembrandt, and not feel some trepidation. There is always the possibility that you will crash and burn, and the whole thing will be a horrible, vulgar, self-indulgent mess.
As a kid, I watched ‘Bugs Bunny’ cartoons, and for some reason Pepe Le Pew, the indomitable French skunk pursuing his would-be kitty paramour, left his mark on me: became an instant emblem of odoriferous hubris, hedonistic bad behavior. He was an entry-level Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a rookie Marquis de Sade.
In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.
If you made all the French fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they’re so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them – chances are good it won’t be every day.
I was a typical French student of the 1990s – I imagined that, after a short excursion, I would work the rest of my life at home.
Trinidad’s language is a fusion of English, African, and French, and so we have our own words and even our own dictionary. Steupse is a common local word, and it’s the onomatopoeic word for the sound people make to show disapproval, or to show they are vexed, when they suck their teeth together.
I tend to curse in French more often than I do in English.
I write in the most classical French because this form is necessary for my novels: to translate the murky, floating, unsettling atmosphere I wanted them to have, I had to discipline it into the clearest, most traditional language possible.
I never had to learn English, French and German because I was brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher before I even went to school. That helped a lot.
Stripes are very French – who doesn’t love a good stripe?
I have the soundtrack for ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ which is kind of cool. I guess I don’t really end up buying a lot of modern soundtracks. Another soundtrack I love is from a French movie called ‘Betty Blue.’ it has some really melancholy piano work.
I think before 1997 is over, NATO will have taken giant strides in what’s called adaptation, the discussions about bringing the French fully into the NATO forces.
My dad’s an architect and my mom owned a French bakery for twelve years.
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
In the French culture, they talk politics. I didn’t find it was part of our culture to have political arguments at the table. My husband’s family will get into major politics, and it’s not an aggressive thing. It’s so interesting and you learn so much, whether it’s Right or Left, and that to me has been really great.
My favourite film is ‘Le Diner de Cons,’ a French movie.
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make.
French architecture always manages to combine the most magnificent underlying themes of architecture; like Roman design, it looks to the community.
When we played Paris, the English punks would come over, and they got to know the French punks. There was some nice scenes in the back alleys.
Back home everyone said I didn’t have any talent. They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.
The French are very bizarre. There is this collective depiction: ‘We’re in decline, we’re being assailed, we must protect ourselves.’
The liberation movement which I led in Algeria, the organization that I created to fight the French army, was at first a small movement of nothing at all. We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria, a territory that is five times the size of France.
My wife speaks very good French. She said she would miss lots of things in the U.S., but we can’t live there if Trump’s president.
The French revolution taught us the rights of man.
The modern tradition is the tradition of revolt. The French Revolution is still our model today: history is violent change, and this change goes by the name of progress. I do not know whether these notions really apply to art.
My dad’s French, and I spent my summers in France growing up. So I speak French fluently, and obviously, I speak English because I was raised in New York, and I grew up here.
‘Escargot’ is French for ‘fat crawling bag of phlegm’.
It’s like saying French shouldn’t be taught because you don’t understand it because it’s new. Shakespeare is just like learning a new, exciting language.
I studied classical opera, so I was always singing in Italian and German and French.
When you set a play in the French Quarter in New Orleans, it’s hard not to acknowledge the whole African-American, French, white mixing of races. That’s what the French Quarter is: it’s a Creole community.
Somehow, the French got this idea of the starving artist. Very romantic, except it’s not so romantic for the starving artist.
I love magazines. I always read ‘Time,’ ‘Newsweek’ and ‘The Economist.’ When I get my hair cut, French ‘Vogue,’ French ‘Elle,’ ‘Paris Match’ – I read them all in 10 minutes.
French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.
I have no relationship to the French bourgeoisie. I don’t like connecting with them.
We had a lot of difficulty in getting the French to accept the pyramid. They thought we were trying to import a piece of Egypt until I pointed out that their obelisk was also from Egypt and the Place des Pyramides is around the corner. Then they accepted it. The pyramid at the Louvre, though, is just the tip.
I’m not very into pastas or heavy foods like meat, but pastries, especially if they come from a really nice French bakery, I go crazy over! I try to allow myself those little treats in the morning for breakfast, then I have a lighter lunch.
In France you cannot not have lunch. If you stopped the French from having lunch, you will have a second revolution, I can tell you this. Not going to work – it is part of the French privilege.
In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English.
I was much more interested by clothes when I was younger. I’m about being discreet. What they call the French touch, whatever that means. Low profile and somehow elegant without being flashy.
Readers want to have the confidence that you understand the era in which the book is set, so for ‘The Perfumer’s Secret,’ I needed to know everything about the First World War from a French perspective. I had to understand those people and that town in 1914.
I am Parisian. I don’t love the French.
To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French.
When I was 20, I went to Paris and tried to meet French women. It didn’t work.
Most British cheeses are now vegetarian and are labelled accordingly. However, French and Italian manufacturers still tend to use rennet.
I would find myself being inspired by things that I’ve heard as a kid: Nigerian music or African music, some French music or some Jamaican music. When it’s time for music to be made, it’s almost like my ancestors just come into me and then it’s them.
I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls, and one of them rolled down the window and yelled, ‘Marc Jacobs!’ in a French accent.
I do not have the slightest bit of racism in me. I do not judge people with regards to the colour of their skin, their origin, or their religion. I defend them all, because I defend French people. And, of course, I defend the interests of France, the interests of French people.
When I wrote about the French Revolution, I didn’t choose to write about aristocrats; I chose characters who began their lives in provincial obscurity.
I wouldn’t say that I’m an Italian wine connoisseur. I do like red wine. I guess my favorites now are Bordeauxes. French.
I like eggs. My favorite way of cooking eggs is old school French.
The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his ‘basic rights.’
The French are never happy coming to London; this is an ancient and comforting enmity.
I had a job at this French restaurant, and I hated it. I don’t like serving; I don’t like getting people ketchup.
When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies.
Not in the constitution, but I would propose a law to the French parliament that provides for reducing the budget deficit year by year, until we have reached a balanced budget by 2017.
I was born in Saint Boniface, which is a small city right next to Winnipeg, nominally French speaking.
I like food too much to go on some crazy diet. French fries are my favorite downfall.
Socialist ideology is making France go to pot, and the French language with it.
I lost in the second round of the French Open and had 10 days off. I went to the Hard Rock Cafe. It was exciting to be away from my parents, to stay in a hotel. Hotels at 17 meant freedom.
You never know what little idea or joke, what flame flickering really quickly, will become a song. That first idea, it can come any time. If it’s in Spanish, you go on in Spanish. If it’s in French, French. If it’s in English, English. Or Portuguese. I’ll try to do my best. I like Italian, though I don’t speak it much.
I would pretend to be the French lieutenant’s woman. I was always a romantic. I still am, actually.
What I like about the American woman is she usually has a lot of dynamism. In the U.S., women have a tendency to go forward, to be more exaggerated than in Europe. Many times the rough ideas come from the States, then they are refined in Europe. The American women and the French women are still the best-dressed.
If you hunger for certain types of clothes, for which you have little use, put yourself on a diet. Just as you resist too much whipped cream and French pastry to keep your figure in shape, you can say no to those yearned-for but unneeded purchases that lead to a wardrobe that is shapeless and without form.
There are certain sorts of jokes which have only to do with the substitution of the unexpected word in a familiar context. If you translated something into French and then had it translated back into English by somebody who didn’t know the original, you’d lose what was funny.
In Yugoslavia, I’d asked for additional forces too. I even went to meet the French prime minister, and I proposed additional forces… Nobody wanted to send troops.
The Mediterranean is in my DNA. I’m fine inland for about a week, but then I yearn for a limitless view of the sea, for the colours and smells of the Italian and French Riviera.
Despite the rigid classicism of the famous Paris Opera school and company, the French have done more than their share to unmoor la Danse from its traditions and standards.
My father always wanted to be ‘Col-bear.’ He lived in the same town as his father, and his father didn’t like the idea of the name with the French pronunciation. So my father said to us, ‘Do what you want. You’re not going to offend anybody.’ And he was dead long before I made my decision.
I wish that I spoke more languages. I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself. French is really the only one, and it’s a difficult thing.
I’m happy to have a physical part in ‘High Tension,’ in ‘Hereafter,’ and in a lot of French movies and Belgian movies. But its not by chance directors choose me for physical parts. I like to do that. I like to tell a story also with the body. It’s important, because you can tell a lot of things.
There is this idea that it’s very different from the French point of view to work in America blah, blah, blah. But I think it’s different from one person to the other, not from one country to the other.
France loves American cinema because when an American remake is successful, it makes us money to produce more French films.
I sing in languages that I speak. So when I’m singing a Schubert song, I know precisely what every word means and, you know, when it was composed and who was the poet and all of that and whether Strauss or Wagner or French Belioz, Duparc or Debussy or whatever.
The French cook; we open tins.
I’d rather people talked about the 1,000 most successful French Internet companies instead of the 5 or 10 faces we already know – including mine.
When I went to college, I thought I was going to become a professional musician. I was a French horn player, so I went to Yale to study with a very unusual French horn player.
You never see a French person eating alone.
I moved from New Zealand to Melbourne when I was 17. I’d planned to go to university to study French, but I was offered a contract to write and record an album that was too good to pass up. Looking back now I think that was pretty young but, at the time, I was ready to have an adventure.
The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany.
Oh, I’m not English, I cannot talk on behalf of an English person. I’m French. I can say about French. They are quite emotional, though, and they talk about their emotions.
Maybe I’ve seen more Hollywood movies than French movies.
French is a language that makes those who speak it both calm and dynamic.
But the French writers always had more originality and independence than others, and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion, long since ceased to exist for them.
Eastern Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, are relative success stories, as they are not afflicted by the Arab heritage of retreat and humiliation at the hands of the French, Spanish, British, Turks, and Persians.
Not unless I do all these ancient and Italian or French or Baroque in the beginnning, I do German.
I am half Scottish. My father is an expat from Glasgow, and on my mother’s side there’s a bit of French, a bit of Scottish, a bit of Irish.
In terms of foods for me, I think I have more of the usual associations – foods from childhood that I associate with care and love, from relatives or special restaurants like the kind elderly man who dusted seasoning salt on French fries at the corner burger joint.
French culture is known for many great attributes, some of which probably have nothing to do with food, wine, and romance.
Of course the French are making very credible movies and it is still one of the greatest nations in terms of world cinema but the real problem is the decay in film criticism.
We got our revolution out of the way long before the French and the Americans. The monarchy was restored, but the sovereignty of our parliament, made up of and elected by a slowly widening constituency of the people, has never been seriously challenged since then.
I went into a French restaraunt and asked the waiter, ‘Have you got frog’s legs?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ so I said, ‘Well hop into the kitchen and get me a cheese sandwich.’
When Americans shoot movies they aim at the entire planet. When the French make movies, they aim at Paris.
Early economic theory was rooted in the Italian, French, and Spanish traditions, which were subjectivist oriented. Then it shifted onto the terrible path by Smith and Ricardo and the British classical tradition, which is ‘objectivist’ – values are in inherent in production.
I must represent France, and I want to be elegant, and I want the French people to be proud of me, you know.
There is a painful joke that Europeans often tell of their Gallic neighbors: God created France, the most beautiful country in the world with so much good in it, and ended up feeling guilty about it. He had to do something to make it fair. And so, he created the French people.
The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history.
My mom had Julia Child and ‘The Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes.
During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.
As I was researching, I was struck by how similar the Boxers were to Joan of Arc. Joan was basically a French Boxer. She was a poor teenager who wanted to do something about the foreign aggressors invading her homeland.
I have a very nice garden and extraordinary markets, where there are products from the earth and the sea, in the French Basque country.
My dad is French and he’s my number one style icon.
I did do a film that I refer to as ‘The Unpronounceable’ by a guy named Yvan Attal with Charlotte Gainsbourg. I had a bit part in there. That was quite fun, doing scenes in French.
As the French say, there are three sexes – men, women, and clergymen.
When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation.
Within two months I made the grand slam: covers of ‘American Vogue’, ‘Italian Vogue’, ‘British Vogue’, and ‘French Vogue’.
Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.
Sure, I watched a lot of Hollywood movies. Maybe I’ve seen more Hollywood movies than French movies.
The French have only negative things to say about everything and everyone.
I think the French and the Japanese are both obsessed by seasons, small producers, freshness.
I love the French detective series ‘Spiral.’ It’s quite brutal to watch, but I’m already hooked.
English people don’t have very good diction. In France you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly, and learning French at an early age helped me enormously.
If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman… because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.
I love the musicality of English. French sounds flat. In English, you can play with pitch.
After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument.
High heels weren’t always a girl thing. In the fifteen-hundreds, the riding shoes of French noblemen were fitted with raised heels so that their feet stayed put in the stirrups. Over the next few decades, heels inched higher on dress shoes, particularly among men of privilege.
With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes.
You don’t like it when a French housewife gets mad at you. If she gets steam behind her, she is an unstoppable creature.
Columbia University, where I went to study in 1993, insisted its undergraduates learn a foreign language, so I discovered French.
For me, at the French Open, if I wasn’t playing my match I was glued to CNN watching the events unfold.
I’m always looking for a way to get some spice into my cooking but, generally, the French don’t like spicy food.
Growing up biracial and speaking four languages – French, Chinese, Portuguese, and English – gave me a different lens. I was always very acutely aware of coming from a different perspective. I think that definitely contributed to what I chose to do with my life.
I don’t speak English or French, but that doesn’t mean anything.
I think Spain will always remain inspirational, and I think French cuisine will continue to be very French and yet very relevant with its time and keep evolving. But the last thing you want for it is to become too trendy and confusing. It has too much history.
Cannes is a little bit like French wine. There are certain years that people prefer over others.
I got to learn the French tactical way and then learn from all these players who’ve been on the world stage for so long.
I think the French Open, in many ways, brought out a certain characteristic in me and in my game that was already there. Just the circumstances allowed for it to be able to show.
The French and the British are such good enemies that they can’t resist being friends.
Who do I like? I am a big fan of French and Saunders – not that that they are particularly stand-up I have to say, but I think they have been great for women and they are of themselves just incredibly funny whether they are male or female.
I really like hamburgers and French fries, and I don’t consider myself some kind of gourmand.
I would love to see the French spending money to restore Iraq.
There’s the soundtrack to The French Connection II’I think It’s my favorite soundtrack. It hasn’t been released. I actually had to go and get the film and just make a recording of it to get the music.
Instead of isolating our school and our many subjects from the every day world, we intend to plant it not merely in the French capital, but in what for next summer at least will be the focal point, the capital of the entire civilized world.
You know, I would like to ask to the other parts of Canada to respect the minority of the French Canadians.
This is a universal, unique movie, it has potential to cross barriers. But we never thought about that on set, when we were doing the film. We knew that in making a silent movie, we were doing something a little bit under the wire, a bit interdit. It’s a pastiche, but for the French taste, you would have thought.
It doesn’t take money to have style, it just takes a really good eye. Sometimes you can find amazing culinary antiques that will make it feel like an old French kitchen.
I love the French very much, and I think they know that. I’ve been adopted here. They treat me as one of their own.
If French is no longer the language of a power, it can be the language of a counter power.
Who buys French cars? Not me.
When I got to France I realized I didn’t know very much about food at all. I’d never had a real cake. I’d had those cakes from cake mixes or the ones that have a lot of baking powder in them. A really good French cake doesn’t have anything like that in it – it’s all egg power.
The only people who didn’t like The Monkees were the French, and they don’t even like themselves, so what’s the point?
I’m all self-taught. I never had a teacher. Even for English, and French, and German, I hardly went to school.
The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.
I like to be in a huis clos, as the French say – in one place. It’s something that in general can create a bit of claustrophobia. But for me, claustrophobia becomes almost immediately claustrophilia. I love it!
I’d always been extremely fascinated by the French Nuit Blanche, which is a weekend that they have in Paris where they keep all the museums open until dawn. You can go and hang out in Versailles in the middle of the night and watch the sun come up.
I grew up surrounded by all types of cultures – French, Indian, Arabic – a melting pot of cultures, sounds, foods, people, and religions. It opened my eyes early, and I’m grateful for that. It’s not about success in one area; it’s about exploring the world musically and spending time in those places whenever you can.
At that moment of realization I knew that I had been blind because I had wished not to see; it was only then that I realised, at last, that all these dead men, French and Germans, were brothers, and I was the brother of them all.
Many of the French follow a Trade with the Indians, living very conveniently for that Interest.
It would be simply suicidal to French Canadians to form a party by themselves.
I learned my French through school. I was lucky in that the tutor on ‘The Wonder Years’ set spoke fluent French.
In September 1968, Rush played for around 20 people at a small hall in a church basement. We played songs like ‘Spoonful,’ ‘Fire’ and ‘Born Under a Bad Sign,’ and got paid $10. Then we went to a nearby deli and ordered Cokes and French fries and started planning our future.
The extraordinary exertions of the colonies, in cooperation with British measures, against the French, in the late war, were acknowledged by the British parliament to be more than adequate to their ability.
I am a guest of the French language. My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language, which is not the same as that of a French poet.
I speak three other languages – Serbian, French, and Italian – but typically read in English.
Very often with an American movie, the end is very happy and you just feel good when you go out. When you go to a French movie, it’s kind of like, oh!, and you can’t go out; you’re stuck in your chair. It goes so deeply inside of the heart.
It is my great good luck the words I use are English words, which means I live in a very old nation of open borders; a rich, deep, multi-layered, promiscuous universe, infused with Latin, German, French, Greek, Arabic and countless other tongues.
I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations – that’s why we got married really quickly.
It’s quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that.
I never thought I could win the French Open.
The chief concern of the French Impressionists was the discovery of balance between light and dark.
After the French Revolution, it was not the treason of the king that was in question; it was the existence of the king. You have to be very careful when you judge and execute somebody for being a symbol.
It was 1953, and I was still at school. I’d borrowed a silent French film from the library for my 9.5mm projector. It was by Jean Epstein, and it was awful. So I rang the library and asked if they had anything else. They said they had ‘Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution.’
When I was in college, I was a semiotics major, which is this hopelessly pretentious body of French literary theory.
For me, I have always thought a squad comes before everything. I always make decisions for the good of the French national team.
I’ve got lots of favourite authors, but I would say Nicci French because I look more forward to reading her next new book than any other author.
I love chocolate cake. I’m French. I also love cheese and bread, so I could just live on that. But I can’t do that to myself, so I have to moderate.
I loved American universities. In many ways, they are better organized – certainly than French universities.
I was too prissy, too refined, too abstemious, too French to be a good American writer.
In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French and assimilating the culture of another country.
I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous. My last infamous subject was the extreme right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.
We’re all taking part in this solidarity. The French, the Germans, just like all the Europeans in the ESM. Let’s stop thinking that there’s only one country who’s going to pay for the others. That’s false.
While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos.
I probably have about four or five cups of coffee a day. I make myself an espresso macchiato when I wake, which is a shot of espresso and just a dollop of steamed milk. Then, if I’m going to do some work at home, I would make myself a French press. It’s the best way to make conventional coffee.
Everything depends on whether we have for opponents those French tricksters or those daring rascals, the English. I prefer the English. Frequently their daring can only be described as stupidity. In their eyes it may be pluck and daring.
Sometimes my biography is interpreted as the upbringing of a French aristocrat. It was very, very different. We were a family of mercantile, immigrant Jews.
I was in Cannes two years ago at our ‘U23D’ movie premiere. I love the French.
I definitely want to work on a project with young designers, not just French but international.
I’d rather be thought as an international actress rather than a French one. Because I don’t know what’s coming up for me, my ambition is not to be typecast. So I’m working on my English accent, as well as my American one. I don’t want to be like ‘Okay, I’m French, and I want to succeed in Hollywood!’
When I left French ‘Vogue,’ New York welcomed me with a big, big hug.
I ought to at least be able to read literature in French. I went to an enlightened grade school that started us on French in fifth grade, which meant that by the time I graduated high school I had been at it for eight years.
I guess being French, I love Hollywood. I love Hollywood movies. Joseph Mankiewicz’s ‘All About Eve.’ ‘Mildred Pierce.’
When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
I am a believer in passing the ball on the ground, I was lucky to be part of teams like that at Arsenal, with the French national team and with Monaco and at Barcelona. I know you can win in other ways, but I believe that is the way football should be played.
The French, not the Americans, commissioned ‘Einstein on the Beach.’
Over 30 years ago, Airbus was founded by a European consortium of French, German, and later Spanish and British companies to compete in the large commercial aircraft industry with U.S. companies.
I want to talk to the audience. This is what I’ve been doing in my work in French forever – talking about small things becoming big problems. I notice all the details, all the tiny little things.
I think I should learn French and be a better cook – basic, really good life stuff.
We are a big country, with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time… to ask for an effort in the battle against debt.
Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers – there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians.
When I finally decided to do the show, I only had two weeks to learn the choreography and the songs in French.
The French have got taste.
The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
The problem is that to be a producer, one must be a gambler, and the greatest French producers were gamblers.
When you’re a French woman and you have a lot of Latin blood, you can be very dramatic. It definitely makes your personal life exciting – and exhausting.
It is a curious fact that the word ‘essayist’ showed up in English before it existed in French.
I finish so many books it’s amazing. I’m also doing Rosetta Stone, learning some French.
I go to Saint Barth in the French West Indies for two weeks each year. That place is amazing. Amazing people, beautiful beaches, great wine, wonderful harbors… It’s incredibly romantic.
I speak five languages: English, Swedish, French, Italian, and German.
My sister Mathilde is an actress, but more like a French Jennifer Aniston. She’s famous just in France. She’s very commercial and does big comedies. So, acting was part of my family, and that’s how I was raised.
My home has a split personality. Some of the rooms are very French antique. Think Aubusson rugs, turquoise ceramic jugs, sandbag pillows, and broken birdcages. The other half is very Aztec. Neon ikat fabric pillows, vintage books piled up to the ceiling, and shutters from Bali.
The only good place for a sage grouse to be listed is on the menu of a French bistro. It does not deserve federal protection, period.
When I was about 12 or 13, my father gave me ‘The Little Prince.’ He was making sure that I knew it was a special book. I’d seen the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, but to me it seemed a very French name, and I was not excited about him as a person.
Serious drama in a significant degree began at Harvard in the 1880s. In 1881, the Cercle Francais initiated the annual French play, and shortly afterwards the German and Spanish clubs added their productions.
Stock is everything in cooking, at least in French cooking. Without it, nothing can be done. If one’s stock is good, what remains of the work is easy; if, on the other hand, it is bad or merely mediocre, it is quite hopeless to expect anything approaching a satisfactory result.
France can never accept that it is no longer a dominating power in the world of culture. This is true both of the French right and the French left. They keep thinking that Americans are primitive cowboys or farmers who do not understand anything.
My mission is not to forbid French art. If the quality is there, I buy; if the quality isn’t there, I don’t.
I am attracted by almost any French word – written or spoken. Before I knew its meaning, I thought ‘saucisson’ so exquisite that it seemed the perfect name to give a child – until I learned it meant ‘sausage!’
At the English Revolution, when William of Orange came to the throne, the introduction of French wines into the country was prohibited, and this gave a great impetus to the manufacture of cyder and care in the production of cyder of the best description.
I’m French, I know how to cook.
France turned a deaf ear to the demands, but Ho had succeeded in attracting great publicity in progressive French circles to the situation in Indochina.
I come from Yorkshire in England where we like to eat chip sandwiches – white bread, butter, tomato ketchup and big fat french fries cooked in beef dripping.
I’ve never been bored in my life, man. I’ve never been bored or lonely. Are you kidding? No way! I’m an orchestrator, a musician, a producer. I love everything. I’ve studied languages from Farsi to Greek to French, Swedish, Russian… How can you get bored?
The difference between the extras here and in France is the French extras read books. Actually, they hide the book and pretend that they’re acting. Here, you can see everybody wants his break.
The French are so into themselves that they don’t even notice you.
You know how arrogant the French are – extraordinary.
I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is.
Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so, I opt for France because I’m French. I don’t have dual citizenship, and I’m not going to ask for it.