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Expressions with animals in French

🐶 Un temps de chien - A very bad weather
🐶 Etre malade comme un chien - To be very ill
🐶 Être en chien - Wanting to have sex
🐷 Être un cochon - To be dirty
🐵 Singer (=imiter) - To imitate
🙉 Etre malin comme un singe - To be very smart
🐊 Verser des larmes de crocodiles - To fake your tears
🐘 Avoir une mémoire d'éléphant - To have a very good memory
🐎 Le naturel revient au galop - Your real nature always comes back very fast
🐴 Avoir des dents de cheval - To have very big teeth
🐳 Etre une baleine - To be very fat
🐟 Etre un thon - To be very ugly
🐠 Etre comme un poisson dans l'eau - To be very well, to feel at home
🐌 Etre lent comme un escargot - To be very slow
🐺 Etre rusé comme un renard - To be very cunning, to have good strategies
🐓 Avoir la chair de poule - To be scared
🐧 Il fait un froid de canard - It’s very cold
🐍 Avoir une langue de vipère - Saying bad things about other people


Star imagery in early films. 

Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs (FR 1902, Ferdinand Zecca); Visions d’art 3. La Fée aux étoiles (FR 1902, Pathé Frères); La Vie et la passion de Jésus Christ (FR 1903, Ferdinand Zecca); Le danse du diable | Weird Fancies (FR 1904, Gaston Velle); Le Papillon fantastique (FR 1909, George Méliès); La Poule aux Oeufs d’Or (FR 1905, Gaston Velle). 

Qu'est-ce que j'ai
fait ?
Ensemencé la nuit, comme s'il pouvait
y en avoir d'autres, plus nocturnes
que celle-ci.

Vol d'oiseau, vol de pierre, mille
voies décrites. Des regards,
cueillis et ravis. La mer
goûtée, entièrement bue et rêvée. Une heure,
assombrie d'âmes. La suivante, lumière automnale,
offerte à un sentiment
aveugle, qui allait en chemin. D'autres, beaucoup d'autres,
sans lieu, avec leur propre pesanteur : aperçues, contournées.
Des blocs erratiques, des étoiles,
noirs et pleins de langage : nommés
d'un serment tu jusqu'à le rompre.

Et une fois (quand ? cela aussi est oublié) :
éprouvé le harpon,
là où le pouls osait la syncope.

—  Paul Celan, “Jour des morts”, in Grille de Parole, trad. Martine Broda.
Some facts about.. Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette was a teen idol.
Unlike during her years as queen, Marie Antoinette captivated the French public in her early years in the country. When the teenager made her initial appearance in the French capital, a crowd of 50,000 Parisians grew so uncontrollable that at least 30 people were trampled to death in the crush.

Her towering bouffant hairdo once sported a battleship replica.
As Will Bashor details in his new book, “Marie Antoinette’s Head,” royal hairdresser Léonard Autié became one of the queen’s closest confidants as he concocted her gravity-defying hairdos, which rose nearly four feet high.
Autié accessorized the queen’s fantastical poufs with feathers, trinkets and on one occasion even an enormous model of the French warship La Belle Poule to commemorate its sinking of a British frigate.

Marie Antoinette had some royal hair flaws.
While Marie Antoinette is famous for her amazing hair, she actually got a lot of criticism for her uneven hairline and high forehead, which her hairstylists regularly fought to conceal and lessen.

A fairy-tale village was built for her at Versailles.
While peasants starved in villages throughout France, Marie Antoinette commissioned the construction of the Petit Hameau, a utopian hamlet with lakes, gardens, cottages, watermills and a farmhouse on the palace grounds. The queen and her ladies-in-waiting dressed up as peasants and pretended to be milkmaids and shepherdesses in their picturesque rural retreat. Marie Antoinette’s elaborate spending on frivolities such as the Petit Hameau infuriated revolutionaries and earned her the moniker “Madame Deficit.”

Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake.”
When told that starving French peasants lacked any bread to eat, the queen is alleged to have callously declared, “Let them eat cake!”
The phrase used to encapsulate the out-of-touch and indifferent royals first appeared years before Marie Antoinette ever arrived in France in philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s description of Marie-Therese, the Spanish princess who married King Louis XIV in 1660. The remark was also ascribed to two aunts of Louis XVI before it was apocryphally tied to Marie Antoinette.

The trumped-up charges against Marie Antoinette included incest.
Nine months after the execution of the former King Louis XVI, a Revolutionary Tribunal tried the former queen on trumped-up crimes against the French republic that included high treason, sexual promiscuity and incestuous relations with her son Louis-Charles, who was forced to testify that his mother had molested him. After a two-day show trial, an all-male jury found the former queen guilty on all charges and unanimously condemned her to death.

She was buried in an unmarked grave and then exhumed.
Following the execution of Marie Antoinette, her body was placed in a coffin and dumped into a common grave behind the Church of the Madeline.
In 1815, after the Bourbon Restoration returned King Louis XVIII to the throne following the exile of Napoleon, he ordered the bodies of his older brother, Louis XVI, and Marie Antoinette exhumed and given a proper burial alongside other French royals inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis.

A U.S. city is named in honor of Marie Antoinette.
When a group of American Revolution veterans founded the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory in 1788 at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, they wanted to honor France, which had been instrumental in assisting the patriots against the British. They named their new community—Marietta, Ohio—after the French queen and even sent her a letter offering the monarch a “public square” in the town.

As a young girl, she was considered somewhat of a tomboy.
She played with non-royal children and loved horseback riding and hunting. After she was married, her mother wrote her several letters reminding her to wear clean clothes and to groom her hair.

She was beheaded at 12:15 p.m. on October 16, 1793.
Her last words are reported to have been, “Pardon me, sir, I did not mean to do it.” She accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot while climbing the scaffold.

Marie Antoinette got nervous, too!
One of Marie Antoinette’s nervous habits was to run her fingers through her hair. Next time someone gives you a hard time for doing the same thing yourself, scoff at them and say, “If the queen of France did it, I can, too.”

Triple portrait of minions of Henri III (=> MEN) by Lucas de Heere (circa 1570)

Trois fois trois égale un oeuf à la coque
Que voulez-vous, à chacun sa toque,
Ce Roi-là n'aura pas de foie
Enfin, cela dépend des époques

Il aime du poulet, tous les abats
Henry, lui, préférait la poule avec la peau
D'aucuns fendent la foule pour quelque oripaux
Quand d'autres sucent les os