Thursday, August 25, 2005


Back in July we hopped off the Autoroute des Deux Mers to visit the village of Montcuq. Admittedly, it was mainly for the joke the town's name provides. Normally, a consonant at the end of a French word is silent, and the "t" would also be silent.


So the name of the town would be pronounced like "moan coo," which is just like the French words for "my ass." In fact, the locals do pronounce the "q" on the end in this case, which is perhaps not any big surprise. Still the town name is the butt of many jokes among the French, so to speak.

It's actually a cute little medieval town, as you can see in the picture. The tower in the center is the remainder of an old fort.

Nuclear Plant

On the way to Montcuq we passed this nuclear power plant. France has moved agressively to nuclear energy to offset the high cost of imported oil. French anti-nuclear groups have not been able to stifle the growth of nuclear power like their American counterparts have done here.

So we should give them some credit. In this area the French have been more successful than we have at preventing fringe groups from blocking actions backed by a political concensus.

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