Casse-tte: A French expression you may hear today Holidaymakers in Europe find low stocks and – The Connexion

Translated literally a casse-tte means a 'head breaker'.

So what does that have to do with hiring a rental car on holiday?

Italian holidaymaker Sara Matteuzzi, 33, told BFMTV that prices for rental cars in the Canary Islands this summer had tripled since 2019. When searching for a car she found larger rental agencies were charging high prices, but smaller agencies had no vehicles left.

During the health crisis car rental agencies have made significant losses meaning they have had to sell off many vehicles. At the same time, car manufacturers have been producing less cars, making it harder for rental agencies to replenish their fleets.

Now, there is a shortage of rental cars and high demand is driving up prices in many European countries, including France, where the average price for a weekly rental has gone up to 363 per week, compared with 277 in 2019.

Stuck between paying prices she couldnt afford and not renting a car at all, Ms Matteuzzi was left with a conundrum a casse-tte.

In everyday French, a casse-tte is a puzzle game that can be played by one or more players.

These include mechanical puzzles such as Rubiks cubes, number games such as sodoku and even card games such as solitaire.

While such games are played for fun and entertainment, there is also an element of logical or mathematical deduction that can be challenging for the mind too.

The French expression refers to this mental challenge. In this sense, a casse-tte is a problem that is difficult (or even impossible) to solve, or a problem that is so annoying it becomes a headache.

In Italy, Ms Matteuzzi, did ultimately find a solution for her car-rental casse-tte she cancelled her trip and stayed at home.

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