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!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A First

I've seen hundreds of flyers under Paris windshield wipers. This is the first round one.

It figures they'd get around to it sooner or later.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


It would be nice, I think, to have all cars named Monet, Degas, Da Vinci, Botticelli... the possiblities are endless.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Gratuit, of course, means "free" or "given." I like to think of all the other words that come from the Latin gratis: gratuity, gratuitous, congratulations, ingrate.
Not the same as libre, which means "free" as in available or unconstrained: as in liberty, liberate, and so forth.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Music lessons at home. Better tell the neighbors first.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Puss in Boots

Perrault's fairy tale "Le Chat Botté" is better known in English as "Puss in Boots." Helpful when trying to understand this flyer.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pare-Brise de la Semaine?

Pardon while the posts and flyers become less frequent -- it's bait-and-switch to call this Pare-Brise du Jour and not post anything for a week.

Check out Polly-Vous Francais? for another flyer.

I love the word pneu. Think of pneumatic drills, pneumonia, and the etymology suddenly becomes crystal-clear.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Taj Mahal

This flyer was under windshield wipers in the 18e arrondissement. Perhaps trying to make a visual connection to Sacre Coeur?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Melt with Pleasure...

... in the spots that you want.
Bikini season is on the horizon.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

S'il te plait...

Of course, "S'il te plait, dessine-moi un mouton..." is a classic line from Le Petit Prince.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Cheminees anciennes

That would change your apartment from parquet, moulures, cheminees to just parquet moulures...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Municipal Elections

Lots of campaign flyers on windshields in the past weeks. This is a non-partisan blog, so I'm including them all. But these are just the flyers from windshields; it doesn't include the hand-outs on street corners.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Forfait is another one of those faux amis. It means "plan," i.e., a calling plan or package. Not forfeit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mincir Durablement

I see Cellu M6 promoted a lot. Haven't been there, haven't done that.


Saturday, February 9, 2008

Haute Gastronomie

I delighted in the words haute gastronomie with the mountain peaks in the background. That's what I call really haute.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rhymes with...

I'm not sure how to pronounce lingot. More like bingo or mango? T or no T?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The word formation always catches me off guard. I know it means training, but I still think "formation."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cafe debat

Today is Super Tuesday in the US.

And French municipal elections are coming up in March.

It's a lot of work, keeping up with candidates, issues, and parties on two sides of the Pond. I better go do my homework .

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Optez pour la tranquillite

Of course, an added benefit of parking in a garage is that you don't get a collection of advertising flyers cluttering your windshield...

Friday, February 1, 2008


France is full of culture, but not just with a capital C.
Puericulture, agriculture, viticulture, ostréiculture, myticulture.
And my favorite, conchyliculture.

Which reminds me of the Dorothy Parker quip about horticulture.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Real Estate

I think the prices are stabilizing in Paris. These are from a few months ago. For a long time I confused mètres carrés with mètres carrés Carrez.
But anything with the prefix or suffix immo most certainly has to do with real estate.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Poncer. Not Penser. Not Panser, either

Poncer is one of those French words that, despite years of French literature study, I just wasn't familiar with. It means "to sand," i.e. with sandpaper. Ponçage de parquet is sanding wooden floors.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

It's Never Too Early...

..to get ready for bathing suit season. I guess.

I know about PowerPlate, but what's that box?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Help is on the Way

Dunno why -- I love the word ordi (ordinateur) for a computer.
Some people name their computers.

But oh, "mon ordi." Who needs to give it a nickname?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Not a Parking Ticket

An updated version of the windshield flyer for the driving school. Same shape and color as before. Not like the other flyers; it looks kind of like... a Parisian parking ticket!

Think about it. Same target market.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sushi Shop, Sushi Ship

By far the most elegant windshield flyer to date. A glossy, three-fold pamphlet with menus and all. And they deliver, until 11 pm.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Increase Your Income

Work at home and be your own boss!

Oh, wait, I am my own boss.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Do Drop In

Une halte-garderie is drop-in day care for the kiddos. (As compared with une creche, which is regular day care.) I think I 've got that right.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Reservée aux Particuliers

"Particulier" is one of my favorite English/French faux amis. It means individual. A cours particulier is a private lesson. A hotel particulier is a large town house. In English, of course, we've taken "particular" to mean special, or even fussy. It all boils down to the original "particle."

In this case it means "Just for individual customers," as opposed to wholesalers, who presumably are gnashing their teeth to get in.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bonne Annee

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