Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy

It’s 55 big ones today and you have a lot to celebrate: good health, a beautiful wife, a new baby grandson, and rave reviews from the press regarding your TV interview Monday night. Congrats Daddy Sarkozy.

Your PR people had a wonderful idea putting you on national TV to answer roundtable questions from 10 Frenchies representing all walks of life . Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those people chosen – and I even submitted a few questions to your Facebook page.

So on your birthday, I would like to submit 10 questions to you. I'm sure a lot of expats in France would like answers to some of these questions. And maybe for your next roundtable TV interview, you can invite some expat moms? After all, we represent a large portion of the population living in France (especially Paris.)

On y go~

1. I’ve been paying taxes in France (and the US – but my double taxation beef is for Obama, not you) for years. I speak French, am married to a Frenchie, Small Fry goes to a French school, I buy French wine and eat French cheese and drive a French car. So tell me – when am I going to get the right to vote in France?

2. When do you plan on instituting a dog poop tax? In France, if you own a TV you pay a tax. You buy electronic goods you pay a tax. Well what about dogs? They poop, their owners should be taxed! Dogs do more than their fair share of dirtying Paris streets and it’s rare to catch a Parisian scooping up their dog’s poop. I say - tax ‘em. I’d more than happily pay a poop tax to ensure clean streets in my neighborhood. And I don’t even have a dog!

3. Can you ask your daughter-in-law if she wants to join my playgroup? I promise not pass on to the blog any juicy stories she tells the moms about you. We've heard it all anyway. Moms understand that once kids arrive in the picture, relations with the in-laws (especially French ones) can get complicated. I’m sure your family will be no exception.

4. Can you open stores on Sundays so I can do my shopping just like in the US? It would make the weekend less hectic knowing I didn’t have to rush around getting everything done on Saturdays.

One from Big Cheese:
5. Are you jealous that Obama’s military helicopter is bigger than yours?

A few from Big Fry:
6. Would you like to come to my house to have a gouter (snack) after school? I can teach you English. Daddy says you speak English like a Spanish cow.

7. Does Carla like to read you a story before you go dodo (to bed)?

8. What’s your favorite bedtime story? Le Petit Nicolas?

Another one from Big Cheese:
9. Do you clean your own shoes or does someone do it for you?

(Note to Daddy Sarkozy: I told Big Cheese nobody would have to clean their shoes if you would just hurry up and get to work on question #2!)

10. You’ve been a grandpère since Jan 13th, can I start calling you Grand-Daddy Sarkozy now?

Happy Annniversaire!

La Mom’s started a new rubrique on the side of her blog called “Expat Eavesdropping” where you, the readers, get to participate! Send La Mom (via email or Twitter) any funny or outrageous comments you've overheard while living in or visiting France. Don’t forget to include your name so you get credit!

La Mom has a library of outrageous quotes compiled over the years, overheard on the metro, at museums and cafés. Check out the first one at the top of the page. It's klassy with a K!


Peggy Rice said...

I LOVE #2!

Amanda said...

This is too funny!

I haven't heard "dodo" since I was a child. My French grandfather always said "It's time to make a dodo" and I always thought it sounded like "It's time to make a poop"

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

Happy B-day, Sarko!

You and yours have some great questions for the man, but I LOVE that photo you've posted with this blog! Hahahahaha! Great stuff!

Corine said...

LOL!!! You are soo funny! Congrats on the TV appearance for the Big Cheese.
So when are you able to vote in France? And I agree about the dog tax. So all shops are closed on Sundays??? Hmmm....maybe I will visit Paris on Mon-Sat then...thanks for the inside tip.

Jeanne Suica said...

Answer to #9 No he doesn't clean his own shoes-too much dog poop. Bravo for your tax idea and another hysterical post!

Rosabell said...

I am pretty much sure one needs to be officially a French citizen in oreder to vote ... Residency visa does not do for it.... I think it is the same in all european countries. But you can ask for French citizenship and you can still preserve the American one ( lots of people have double cit ). :) bonne chance :))

Saxon Henry said...

Love your blog (found it through Toma, The Antiques Diva). I'm listing you on my blog ( and look forward to following!

Elsa said...

Great post; thanks for the laughs! I recently stumbled across your blog, and am really enjoying it!

Saxon Henry said...

I just found out I'm coming to Paris. As a design junkie, anything I absolutely should not miss?

Anonymous said...

You shouldn't be allowed to vote in France until you're a citizen. I've lived in the U.S for 25 years & still can't vote b/c I've never bothered to apply for U.S citizenship ... & probably never will. It's the same most places.

Margrit said...

Funny questions, tell
petit nicolas,
the Germans have to pay
tax for their dogs !

Chantal said...

I agree that paying tax should equal getting a vote.

Luckily, I've never seen a Swiss dog poop. They wouldn't do such a dirty thing here.

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PigletinFrance said...

I've been complaining for ages about Numbers 1 & 2 - even threatened to stop paying my taxes! Have to wait another few years before I can apply but why should I have to wait when I've been living in Vie Commun for over 10 years? Fed up with admin so have resigned myself that I'll never be able vote...

As for dog poop, well... Lyon is exactly the same and one dog owner has taken to letting their dog poop in front of my front door.... eerrgghhyyoowwwwwwww!!!!!!!


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