Wednesday, March 31, 2010

(Still) made in France!


I already told you how the French find it tacky to be "too" patriotic. On some occasions, however, it is OK to be proud of being French; this includes wars, football or rugby matches and... French goods! We even have a trade show - called "Made in France", not very original! - to promote them. The show is not about large industrial world leaders like Dassault (airplanes) or Alstom (trains and turbines) or even Dannon - Danone in French - (dairy products), but about small and medium businesses related to fashion or haute couture in general (like the famous embroider Lesage who is now a school). I just saw the outside of the show (it takes place inside the beautiful building of the Paris Chamber of Commerce) unfortunately, but I'm sure it was really worth the visit.

24 comments:

  1. A bit ironic that the name of the trade show is in English, no?

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  2. Just checked out the links—wow, a school just for embroidery! Couldn't get into the Made in France site. Perhaps I'm not the right kind of professional. This is a beautiful building, btw.

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  3. Et, bien sur, Paris Daily Photo would be highlighted at the show!

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  4. You are pretty good at fashion In France I think Eric!

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  5. As a language professional, when I'm not being a Paris photographer, I always can't help smiling when I see the French using English to promote... the French. I wonder what l'Académie Française thinks about it. Is it French humour or just capitulation..!

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  6. Why is it in English?

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  8. The label "Made in France" to help the international market.

    For domestic help francaise a different spelling might be in order, such as here.

    The black lace of the entrance and webbing at the top of your photo did have me thinking of stockings.

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  9. The French people are so lucky, just about everywhere els it would say 'Made in China'.

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  10. Just curious...do the French make more products in France than Americans make in the U.S.? Seems entirely possible. == Elizabeth

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  11. I'm totally agree with Bill. We should use more things made in our homeland or at least in Europe, but no - almost everything is 'Made in China'.
    I'd like living in France, because of these dairy products, delicious pastry and bakery products and of course beacuse of the fabulous fashion brands there.

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  12. What a beautiful building...no wonder they chose it for their "Made in France" show!

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  13. I agree with Christie, it's a gorgeous building.

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  14. Don't go thinking we don't have made in China goods. We do of course. And we will more and more, because we enjoy paying less...
    But, when it comes to high-end, high value craft goods there is still room for French manufacturers.

    Why does tt says "Made in France" in English? Well... Good question!

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  15. My two cent : It is not because it is made in France that it can not be exported, I guess and I hope so! Speaking of exportation of goods, it means speaking in English !! No wonder why, then, no? "Fabriqué en France" would seem too much Franco-French market, wouldn't it?

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  16. Do all the comments should be in english?

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  17. Bonjour everyone, I don't think it matters whether the sign is in English or French. Eric perhaps took this photo because he liked the contrast of the intricate historical lines of the building against the contemporary signage of the title. Interpretation is individual I guess. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking rather than just seeing perhaps... One things for certain. Quality and artistry of French products remain sound. Have a good day! Therese

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