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    (Original post by bananagirl17)
    I had a connecting flight last week at CDG airport. I was there for less than an hour and a half but saw more than 10 armed police/ soldiers patrolling the airport alongside travellers. The atmosphere felt so tense it was unbearable. Any loud sound would scare everyone. Do you feel safe? Isn't there an ever present threat?
    They're there to keep everyone safe, there's no threat and if there was one I'd prefer heavily armed, trained people to deal with the threat imminently. This is a part of day-to-day life and you see the same at London's international airports. You shouldn't let it bother you, I dropped my bag at CDG and tripped over (:rofl:) and one of the soldiers came over to me and helped me up and offered me a coffee. They're just there to do their jobs and to keep everyone safe.

    (Original post by The RAR)
    How many terrorist attacks on average do you see in Paris everyday?
    Harr harr, you're sooooooo funny. Let me give you recognition for your comedic genius in using the deaths of innocent people as the butt of a pathetic and quite frankly terrible joke. Well done. Good work. A*.

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    But the string magique? Non?

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    :laugh: no thanks, I have string at home.
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    (Original post by LibertySea)
    Welcome to my country then!

    So I'm a tiny bit biased since I'm from Marseille, the second city of France (but the one with the most character and hands down the prettiest) but what do you think of Parisians or people who claim they are Parisians?

    Have you travelled to other parts of France yet? (Like other regions)

    What is your favourite French dish (meal, not pastry)? How about your favourite viennoiserie (pastry)?
    Thank you!

    Ohhhh I intend to visit Marseille when I get some time off! I really like Parisians, to be honest. I feel they're particularly misunderstood - sure, you get the "rude" Parisian, and the "busy commuter" Parisian but they genuinely seem like lovely people for the majority - and they always seem so humbled when I speak French to them and put the effort in. I think they get too much of a bad reputation!

    I have! I've travelled through Bretagne it was really lovely there! I looooove savoury buckwheat crêpes :drool: and hachis parmentier (SO GOOD!!!) and my favourite viennoiserie would have to be grillé aux pommes, I really love apples in pastry

    What about you? Do you have any tips for me?
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    They're there to keep everyone safe, there's no threat and if there was one I'd prefer heavily armed, trained people to deal with the threat imminently. This is a part of day-to-day life and you see the same at London's international airports. You shouldn't let it bother you, I dropped my bag at CDG and tripped over (:rofl:) and one of the soldiers came over to me and helped me up and offered me a coffee. They're just there to do their jobs and to keep everyone safe.



    Harr harr, you're sooooooo funny. Let me give you recognition for your comedic genius in using the deaths of innocent people as the butt of a pathetic and quite frankly terrible joke. Well done. Good work. A*.



    :laugh: no thanks, I have string at home.
    Seeing as Paris always makes the headlines whenever it comes to terrorist attacks I doubt I am joking, how can you be so sure I was joking? And no I do not make fun of the deaths of innocent people, that's just horrible.
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    (Original post by The RAR)
    Seeing as Paris always makes the headlines whenever it comes to terrorist attacks I doubt I am joking, how can you be so sure I was joking? And no I do not make fun of the deaths of innocent people, that's just horrible.
    Well, you'll be sure to take silly comments like that out of this thread then, thanks.

    Further satire surrounding terrorism will be removed. It's not funny and you're not clever.
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    Well, you'll be sure to take silly comments like that out of this thread then, thanks.

    Further satire surrounding terrorism will be removed. It's not funny and you're not clever.
    Fine, let me ask you a more "sensible" question then, you said that having armed police and soldiers in Paris is day to day life right? If so do you feel weird about it or do you just feel like nothing has happened?
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    (Original post by The RAR)
    Fine, let me as you a more "sensible" question then, you said that having armed police and soldiers in Paris is day to day life right? If so do you feel weird about it or do you just feel like nothing has happened?
    Of course, the presence of armed officers such as gendarmes, armed police and soldiers is a little unsettling for some - but the reality is that they're here to keep us safe so it's not something I feel weird about - like I said before, they're here for a reason and so they're just doing their job. Everyone goes on about their days as normal safe in the knowledge they're protected. Plus, the police and gendarmes here are really quite lovely and always willing to help. Never had a problem with it.
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    Of course, the presence of armed officers such as gendarmes, armed police and soldiers is a little unsettling for some - but the reality is that they're here to keep us safe so it's not something I feel weird about - like I said before, they're here for a reason and so they're just doing their job. Everyone goes on about their days as normal safe in the knowledge they're protected. Plus, the police and gendarmes here are really quite lovely and always willing to help. Never had a problem with it.
    I have only seen police not gendarmes when I was in Paris, their presence is mostly on areas where a incident already happened.
    Btw I have been in Paris only a year ago.
    What are you planning on doing in Paris after you have finished uni there?
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    :laugh: no thanks, I have string at home.
    Mais Monsieur! Regardez la string. C'est le meilleur en la toute Paris. 50 centimes pour c'est grand roll.

    Monsieur!

    Attendez Monsieur!!



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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Mais Monsieur! Regardez la string. C'est le meilleur en la toute Paris. 50 centimes pour c'est grand roll.

    Monsieur!

    Attendez Monsieur!!



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    :rofl:

    One way to get them to go away....

    "J'suis Parisien, j'habite ici" and they'll look at you funny and walk away because they know Parisians are hard-ass and will never buy any of their crap. :laugh:
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    Thank you!

    Ohhhh I intend to visit Marseille when I get some time off! I really like Parisians, to be honest. I feel they're particularly misunderstood - sure, you get the "rude" Parisian, and the "busy commuter" Parisian but they genuinely seem like lovely people for the majority - and they always seem so humbled when I speak French to them and put the effort in. I think they get too much of a bad reputation!

    I have! I've travelled through Bretagne it was really lovely there! I looooove savoury buckwheat crêpes :drool: and hachis parmentier (SO GOOD!!!) and my favourite viennoiserie would have to be grillé aux pommes, I really love apples in pastry

    What about you? Do you have any tips for me?
    Again, I'm a bit biased, but when you're from the south, Parisians are stuck up (for us), and we joke that if they had the choice, they would have a country to themselves.

    Bretagne is gorgeous, I agree, and the crêpes are hands down the best in the country. I have to say though, if you go to the south, to "PACA" (Region Provence Alps Cote d'Azure), or more specifically to the Bouches du Rhone, try a Bouillabaisse, some of them are really good. But my favourite dish may have to be Moules-Frites a la mariniere (mussels and fries with a white wine based sauce that the mussels get cooked in). In terms of viennoiserie, without a doubt, tarte aux fraises (strawberry tart) from an artisanal bakery, it's so good.

    My main tip to you would be to watch out for scams of all sorts, they've been on the rise, especially in Paris. Go through an insurance company if your lock is broken or something or go to a professional, never something promising a cheap and quick solution...
    And for the terrorist risk that's always present everywhere now, just be aware of your surroundings but then that's common sense, and the military is doing a pretty good job (even if I disagree with the policy of the état d'urgence).
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    :rofl:

    One way to get them to go away....

    "J'suis Parisien, j'habite ici" and they'll look at you funny and walk away because they know Parisians are hard-ass and will never buy any of their crap. :laugh:
    Or just go "Non." with a hard look/death stare and walk off. Or just ignore them. Or insult them (but get insulted back on some occasions).
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    (Original post by LibertySea)
    Again, I'm a bit biased, but when you're from the south, Parisians are stuck up (for us), and we joke that if they had the choice, they would have a country to themselves.

    Bretagne is gorgeous, I agree, and the crêpes are hands down the best in the country. I have to say though, if you go to the south, to "PACA" (Region Provence Alps Cote d'Azure), or more specifically to the Bouches du Rhone, try a Bouillabaisse, some of them are really good. But my favourite dish may have to be Moules-Frites a la mariniere (mussels and fries with a white wine based sauce that the mussels get cooked in). In terms of viennoiserie, without a doubt, tarte aux fraises (strawberry tart) from an artisanal bakery, it's so good.

    My main tip to you would be to watch out for scams of all sorts, they've been on the rise, especially in Paris. Go through an insurance company if your lock is broken or something or go to a professional, never something promising a cheap and quick solution...
    And for the terrorist risk that's always present everywhere now, just be aware of your surroundings but then that's common sense, and the military is doing a pretty good job (even if I disagree with the policy of the état d'urgence).
    No, that's OK - there's a very similar idea amongst those in the north of the UK against Londoners! I can see it from both sides (because I'm a Londoner ).

    The countryside there is so pretty, honestly it's something else. Ohhhhhh! I've heard of those! I'll definitely try one, they sound really really good. I've never had moules-frites à la mariniere :ashamed2: I've put it on my to-eat list! I LOOOOVE tarte aux fraises !!! The sauce/jam inside of them is sooooo good. I have one in my fridge now :innocent: - the boulangerie close to my house is so amazing. Everything in there has been exceptional.

    Ah yes, I've been told about all of these and I'm very cautious of them. The newest scam I've noticed is people coming up to me with a survey to fill in :laugh: I never stop and I always keep my bag in front of me so I don't get pickpocketed. I'll definitely keep that in mind and I have insurance etc. on my stuff so that's a good tip, thank you very much!
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    (Original post by LibertySea)
    Or just go "Non." with a hard look/death stare and walk off. Or just ignore them. Or insult them (but get insulted back on some occasions).
    I usually always ignore them unless they touch me. I have... been very rude to people that have touched me. But the words I've used are too naughty to say here. :laugh:
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    I usually always ignore them unless they touch me. I have... been very rude to people that have touched me. But the words I've used are too naughty to say here. :laugh:
    That's where I draw the line as well :laugh:, and then I've said things I'm not very proud of
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    Do you miss me? :awesome:
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    How is Francois Hollande these days?
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Do you miss me? :awesome:
    New phone, who dis? :awesome:

    (Original post by barnetlad)
    How is Francois Hollande these days?
    Last I heard he got an Uber from Elysée to somewhere in Marseille to meet his mistress. :yes:
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    (Original post by Paracosm)
    do you have any questions?
    no
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    no
    Lucky I wasn't asking you then isn't it
 
 
 
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