Every day I see flyers stuck under windshield wipers in cars parked along the street. I don't know why, but I've been collecting them for over a year now. A slice of Paris life.

I have no knowledge of or vested interest in the establishments advertised in these flyers.

If you see a bona fide Paris windshield advertising flyer and would like to have it posted here, submit the scanned version to me at pollyvousfrancais [at] yahoo [dot] com and I'll do my best to include it. With attribution, of course!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Respecter Votre Ville

Most of these frequent windshield fliers have a small notice: Respecter votre ville, ne rien jeter sur la voie publique. Essentially, "Respect your city; don't litter."


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007


A long time ago when a French exchange student was staying with my family, I asked him how to say "screwdriver" in French. His brow furrowed, he reflected for a moment, then replied, "auto-école."

Actually, un tournevis is a screwdriver. Auto-école is driving school. But I like the possibilities.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Do you think..

...that they could even help computer-challenged moi learn how to use my ordi? Nice -- in the privacy of my own home!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Work at Home!

A great deal of frost on the Paris windshields this morning encrusting these fliers. Brrr. On freezing mornings like this I'm glad to be working from home.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Noel de la Forme

Decorate yourself for Christmas... get in shape?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Prestige du 7eme

These fliers have made a comeback this month.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The imperative

When I taught French, my students always asked "When would you use the impératif of être [to be]? Sois, soyons soyez... Voilà!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Wrinkle this Time

It was pouring when I grabbed this one, so it wrinkled pretty badly in my pocket.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Stressed out by the holidaze? Here's one way to relax. Detente.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Whaddaya waitin' for, Christmas?

"Are you waiting for Christmas to fit into your little black dress?"

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Awake your hidden talents

This is (fresh) off the windshield this morning.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tennis, anyone?

The word tennis came from the French word tenez, to hold. As in a racquet.
And the scoring term love comes from l'oeuf -- the egg. Zero.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Body Story

I love the fact that a French manicure is called "une French."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Special reduced price for under age 26. Only 30€ for four months of traning for volunteering? I don't know what to make of this whole flyer.

Monday, November 12, 2007

In them thar hills

So far the themes in the windshield flyers seem to be self-improvement and money.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Last March seems like such a long time ago.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

From Here to Irony

What I like about these, in addition to having a glossary of exercise options, is the irony that you can have all this exercise delivered to you-- you don't have to budge and inch.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Cure for Wash-Day Blues

This came from a windshield in Boulogne. Maybe it's only for suburbanite laundry help.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Big Ben

Débarras is the word for a clean-out service. Attics, basements, and the like. Bon débarras! means "good riddance!"

Wouldn't want to get rid of Bigues Bennes, 'cause his puns are too fun. His name really is Bigues.

Carpet Sales

These are pretty common in Paris. This was from a few months ago, so don't try to go buy a rug there this weekend.

Monday, November 5, 2007

If Hemingway were alive

I'd vote to check it out simply because they know how to use the subjunctive properly.

Gee, I hope it's a nice place. Otherwise it would be the Swan Dive.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Introducing Pare-Brise du Jour

pare-brise: n. masc. windshield, windscreen

Every day I see flyers stuck under windshield wipers in cars parked along the street.

I don't know why, but I've been collecting them for over a year now. A slice of Paris life. Now it's show and tell time. One a day, usually... I'll start off with a few.

Disclaimer: I have no vested interest in or knowledge of the services or products promoted in these flyers.