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Le Journal: An overview of French Newspapers (Part 2) Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

Welcome back to our little survey of French newspapers. In part 1, I briefly went over the different sections found in most newspapers to help you quickly locate the content you want to read. Today, we’ll be looking at two French newspapers that you are bound to find at any sidewalk café, kiosque (newsstand), gare…

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Le Journal: An overview of French Newspapers (Part 1) Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

What method/device do you use to stay up to date on current events? A couple decades ago, reading the newspaper, listening to the news on the radio or watching current events unfold on television were the only options. I remember watching les infos de 20 hrs sur TF1 (the 8 o’clock news on TF1) and…

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Les Fables de La Fontaine: La Lionne et l’Ourse Posted by on Aug 23, 2014

Here is yet another fable from the inimitable Jean de La Fontaine. La Lionne et l’Ourse (The Lioness and the Bear) examines the discussion between a bear and a lioness who had just lost her cubs. The story may seem a little difficult to decipher, but as with all of La Fontaine’s fables, there is…

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Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

If you appreciate good autobiographies, you will certainly come to appreciate a book by British author Peter Mayle entitled A Year in Provence. Published in 1989, the story chronicles Mayle’s yearlong experiences in Provence, a geographical region in southern France. Mayle had une carrière lucrative (a lucrative career) in advertising in England but decided to…

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Joe Dassin: Les Champs-Élysées Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

One of the most beloved French singers of the 20th century, Joe Dassin gave the world something to sing about. His voice still graces the airwaves of French radio stations and you can’t help but smile a little when you hear a song like Les Champs-Élysées from the album of the same name released in…

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