"Plus ça change"

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Public DomainJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
A synecdoche for 'plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose'  - the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a coining by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), the French critic and novelist. His novels include Sous les Tilleuls (1832), Une heure trop tard (1833) and Vendredi soir (1835).