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AOP’s vs. Nutri-Score Posted by on Oct 19, 2021

I came across a story for all you foodies out there – a news story especially of interest to those of you (us!) who love to eat but also care about your health. Discussions set to be held today (mardi, 19 octobre, 2021) will pit some of Europe’s most recognized AOP’s against a European-wide Nutri-Score…

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At the French zoo Posted by on Oct 12, 2021

Not everyone is down with zoos these days. But for some people, a well-run local parc zoologiqueis the closest that they will ever come to seeing and learning about different animaux. Since 1934, Parisians have been able to experience a variety of animaux sauvages by visiting the Parc Zoologique de Vincennes (commonly known as the zoo de…

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Chanson d’automne Posted by on Oct 8, 2021

Bonjour!  C’est l’automne! Fall is officially here, and as such I’d like to share one of the best known poems in the French language; Chanson d’automne (Autumn Song) by Paul Verlaine. Published in 1866 in Verlaine’s first collection Poèmes saturniens, using the symbolism of fall, it is a sad and melancholic view on growing old…

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Emojis in French Posted by on Oct 5, 2021

Whether you call them pictogramme, émoticône ou smiley you’ve surely seen them … and probably used them. They’re not just for SMS any more having made their way onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even into des courriels/mails au bureau Emojis in French A recent article got me thinking about emojis in French. As is often…

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Fallen for France Posted by on Sep 28, 2021

Once again, the calendar has turned towards l’automne. Days are getting cooler (and shorter!) and soon les feuilles vont commencer à tomber des arbres. Before we leave l’été completely behind though, let’s revisit one more great summer song. Fallen for France I’ve said it before, Étienne Daho’s Tombé pour la France is “the first French…

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French bookshops Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Bonjour! La lecture est une amitié. – Marcel Proust Je n’ai jamais eu de chagrin qu’une heure de lecture n’ait dissipé. – Montesquieu ______________________________________________________________ It’s officially fall, and what better way to spend it then cozied up with a book? Today I want to highlight some French bookshops, past and present, and a recommendation for…

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Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Posted by on Sep 21, 2021

A dream almost 60 years in the making is finally a reality. Last Thursday – on the eve of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoines – President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated l’Arc de Triomphe empaqueté de Christo. Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Thursday’s ceremony celebrated a project that Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude first imagined in 1962, “une…

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