Overheard in Nantes

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When the weather gets hot, most French tend to hang out outside, especially in cities where your typical French apartment is small and stuffy. Of course, a few lucky families can thank an inspired ancestor who invested in real estate when it was cheap, and they enjoy a private courtyard or several square meters of grass behind century-old walls… but the rest of us head to parks, fountains, coffee shops and bar terraces to cool off.

And of course, with so many people out and about, you tend to overhear funny or weird snippets of conversation…

All of these conversations were in French, bien sûr.

Love is in the air

A bunch of guys in a bar, one of them looks worried:

“Guys… I screwed up last night.”

“What happened?”

“… I was so drunk I told her I loved her.”

“Oh fuuuuuck!”

Out of touch

Two older couples chatting in a restaurant. One of the husbands is bragging:

“One day, I almost had my picture taken with the President!”

“With François Hollande? No way!”

“François Hollande? No, not him! The President, I said, Nicolas Sarkozy!”

(Hollande has been President of the French Republic since being elected to the position in 2012, Sarkozy was the former President)

Technology is not your friend

Two little old ladies are chatting, waiting to cross the street:

“… Oh, by the way, did he manage to get his new TV working?”

“The TV? Oh no, he died before!”

No, seriously, you are

A drunk guy in a bar:

“Eh, it’s not because I say racist stuff that I’m racist!”

Most definitely not

Two preppy-looking guys in the lineup at Monoprix:

“I’m telling you, there is only one thing women are good at: sex.”

 

Tourist in front of the cathedral

Tourist in front of the cathedral

At the train station

At the train station

Newsstand at the train station (note the x-rated magazine headlines...)

Newsstand at the train station (note the x-rated magazine headlines…)

Passengers in the bus

Passengers in the bus

Customer at Subway

Customer at Subway

Place du Commerce

Place du Commerce

Woman waiting for the bus

Woman waiting for the bus

Enjoying a coffee

Enjoying a beer

Waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus

Bike-through ATM

Bike-through ATM

Customers waiting to be served at the ice cream shop

Customers waiting to be served at the ice cream shop

The lonely barman

The lonely barman

Reflection in the water by the castle

Reflection in the water by the castle

Tourists at the castle

Tourists at the castle

Woman in a photo booth

Woman in a photo booth

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