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Let’s start at the very beginning… Posted by on Jul 26, 2022

As they say, it’s a very good place to start. It turns out, it’s also a good place to end. After 6 years … and over 300 posts! … this will be my last blog for Transparent Language. All good things… My French journey began way back in 1981 when I was in the 7th…

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French News Update Current Events Posted by on Apr 19, 2022

In this “between two tours” time, a lot of the news coming out of France is related to the upcoming Presidential run-off scheduled for le dimanche 24 avril. But that’s not the only thing happening! So this week, in addition to a presidential update, we’ll look at the recent holidays and get an update on the…

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The latest news from France Posted by on Mar 22, 2022

The news in France continues to be dominated by la guerre en Ukraine and l’élection présidentielle but, if one looks, there are other interesting événements  insolites happening. Growing up Just over a year ago, I talked about how the Eiffel Tower was getting a make-over/new paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games. Now the iconic…

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Pop and Politics Posted by on Mar 8, 2022

Le printemps, a time of renewal and rebirth, is just about here (at least in the northern hemisphere!) This week we take a look at a number of updates from the world of politics and pop culture about new(ish) things coming this spring to France. Emmanuel Macron The President of France has finally made it…

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Josephine Baker bis Posted by on Nov 30, 2021

It’s finally here – the ceremony honoring Josephine Baker’s addition to Le Panthéon is today! Today is the day “La cérémonie [qui aura lieu à partir de 17h30]  sera présidée par Emmanuel Macron, qui prononcera un discours lors de cet hommage que la famille de Joséphine Baker a souhaité “populaire et festif”.” Interestingly, Josephine Baker is…

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Remembrances Posted by on Nov 16, 2021

World War I ended over 100 years ago. This year’s celebrations of the 103rd anniversary of the Armistice included a special tribute to a hero from a later conflict, World War II. Hubert Germain, compagnon de la Libération Hubert Germain, who passed away earlier in October, was the last living member of the ordre de…

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Bastille Day 2021 Posted by on Jul 13, 2021

After last year’s quatorze juillet pas comme les autres, I was happy to see that this year’s festivities will see a return to more-or-less normal with des feux d’artifice, les bals des pompiers, un défilé militaire, [et un] concert sous la Tour Eiffel … you can find all the details here! French holidays: Bastille Day 5…

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