Translations from the free metro newspaper Direct Matin that answers the Pourquoi questions. Only those related to France are translated
The phrase “faire grêve” takes its name from a place in Paris: Place de Grève. In today’s terms “faire grêve” means to go on strike. This site is the current place Historically, France has seasonal work strikes. Most strikes end before the last weekend of June. The last week of June starts the vacation season. The strikes resume in September. Around 1350s, this area was sandy, gravely, and was easily accessible to load and unload cargo (grain, hay, wine, wood, etc.) from the shores of the Seine. With this activity, it became a central part of the city for demonstrations, commerce and executions. The unemployed gathered here hoping to find…
May 1 is lily of the valley day around France. You may have already seen stalks and potted plants of lily of the valley (muguet, lys des vallées) being sold in Paris. Originally from Japan, the tradition to offer the muguet (moogay) dates....
Le croque-monsieur (croak-missyou) is THE real French sandwich. It is not just a ham and cheese sandwich made with two pieces of bread. It is toasted and it is famous. Le croque-monsieur is one particular sandwich that has made it's way from the brasserie and bistro to the microwave in France. Diners take photos of meals exquisitely arranged on the plate. Not many take a photo of a sandwich. These foods, however, do share something in common. They are available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.