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Those self-hating Parisians

Last year I had a good old moan about the decline of the classic French number plate, noting:

"As anyone who has spent time in France will know, Parisian cars carry the Mark of the Beast - by way of the number 75 on their numberplates.

However, the simple pleasure of identifying (and hissing at?) Parigots when in La France Profonde is about to be taken away from the French people.


However, what ended up happening was that departmental identifiers became elective, and the figures for number plate sales etc are in


"The number of new vehicles registered with the number 75 has tumbled from 4.4% to 1.74%...the 92 for Hauts-de-Seine (Western 'burbs of Paris beyond the Peripherique) ...has fallen from 8,39 % to 1,86 %, the 93 for Seine-Saint-Denis (NE 'burbs) has fallen from 4,4 % to 1 %".

Ho ho ho.   They are not so proud of La Ville-Lumière after all.

And for every action and equal and opposite reaction.  So where are they all pretending they live/hail from, or where do they holiday and want to avoid bricks through their windscreens?


"The Morbihan sees its rate of registrations rise from 0,85 % to 1,16 %, Corse-du-Sud from 0,27 to 0,57 %, and Haute-Corse from 0,31 % to 0,70 %".

All very attractive parts of France, as I can confirm.  I suspect that the French have been utter spoil sports and denied mainlanders the joys of pretending to hail from the Dom-Toms, which is rather mean.  I would have opted for whatever the number is for Kerguelen.


Sticking with France, but going in another direction, behold the hideous indignity that has been inflicted on the lovely Ms Dati.  She has been, so to speak, libelled in wax, and attended the unveiling of the defamation:



Perhaps unsurprisingly,  the leading result on an unrestricted google images search is a rather poor photoshop mock up of the woman as a dominatrix.  Work safe, but you might have some explaining to do.
 

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