Meilleurs vœux (may-eur veu) is the expression you’ll hear most often in France between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It means “best wishes.” You’ll hear it year-round but particularly at the holidays, often part of a longer phrase, such as “Je vous présente mes meilleurs vœux pour une bonne et heureuse année 2012.” On January 1, President Sarkozy and the leaders of the major parties will formally present their vœux to the French on TV or on the web.
Since January 1 marks the first anniversary of my blog, I also want to say merci to everyone who has followed the blog and enriched it with your comments. I started it to share my love of French culture, but I’m the one who has learned so much over the course of the year. I’m looking forward to sharing with you what I learn in 2012. So, tous mes meilleurs vœux to all of you for health and happiness today and all this year.