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Heat And Thunderstorms – Warm Thoughts Of L’Été Posted by on Jun 21, 2017

With le mois de juin (the month of June) almost over thoughts of l’été (summer) fill the warm air. La canicule may be on everyone’s mind, but ce mois (this month) is also about la fête des pères and, bien sûr (of course), mon anniversaire! Les stores are open everywhere to cool things down by…

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In the eye of the beholder Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

Belle isn’t just the name of the main character in Disney’s latest film. Belle is also a French adjective that means beautiful, lovely, pleasant, or agreable (unlike joli/jolie – pretty, belle doesn’t only pertain to appearances). Ok, so that’s not entirely true. In another oddity of the French language, belle is technically not its own…

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France’s New President: Emmanuel Macron Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

About a month ago, France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, was elected. In the weeks before the second round voting, it wasn’t a great surprise that Macron would win against Marine Le Pen; however he was a candidate that seemed to enter the presidential race (and end up winning it!) d’une manière inattendue (unexpectedly).    Here are five…

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Don’t Forget La Fête Des Pères! Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

After la fête des mères last month, it’s now time to think about la fête des pères (Father’s Day). The holiday is just around the corner en France, which makes it a good time to look at son histoire (its history)! La fête des pères has religious origins going back to le Moyen Âge (the…

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She’s a beauty Posted by on Jun 13, 2017

Claude François et les Claudettes, en 1976, photographiés par Erling Mandelmann.

As one of my fellow bloggers said, Claude François was “an iconic French singer who died at 39 years old, and who even [more than] 30 years after his death still fascinates people in France and abroad…”. I suspect that fascination is due in equal parts to his great songs, his tragic death . .…

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