Robin Hemley's blog post A Day at the Prefecture this morning from last January. It's not only funny but also epitomizes the French bureaucratic nightmare.
Here's the beginning:
"Last week, I was told by Madame Loretz in Personnel at The University of Montpellier where I’m teaching for several months that I had been given the wrong visa by the Chicago Consulate. It’s actually NOT the wrong visa, but it was impossible to convince Madame Loretz of that..."
And thus started what Robin goes on to call the Monty Python-esque French "Go Away" merryground.