Category Archives: Cultural Perspectives

May 1 = Journée de Travail = Labor Day equivalent in France

Ghislaine Robert sent us this photo of France’s equivalent of Labor Day, last May 1. We don’t know who were in the symbolic teddy bear costumes but we hope their goal was to protect the French “Gilets jaunes” protesters and … Continue reading

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Notre Dame brûle!

La Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris brûle! Son clocher s’est effondré et nous ne savons pas quand – ou si! – l’incendie sera contenu. Effarant! From our Parisian friend, Michèle: L’incendie continue  et les causes ne sont pas attestées… … Continue reading

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A Paris: Une invasion douce accompagne l’invasion violente

Notre amie Michèle nous écrit d’une juxtaposition de deux invasions à Paris. La première est par les gilets jaunes mais la deuxième est plus douce: des nounours apparaissent un peu partout au 13e arrondissement. Elle nous en envoie quelques apparitions. … Continue reading

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L’admiration de France pour la jeunesse américaine

Michèle nous écrit: Etonnante, admirable jeunesse américaine! Cette génération nous en impose. J’espère qu’elle va obtenir un changement dans les lois et dans les esprits. Donc, il ne faut jamais désespérer…   She wrote this on a day France experienced … Continue reading

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Bannon assuring the FN of Victory

BANNON IS SPREADING HIS FIRE IN FRANCE BUT DOESN’T SPEAK FRENCH AND HIS TRANSLATOR ISN’T SURE OF HERS EITHER! Who would have believed that Steve Bannon, after being fired by Trump, is now bringing his fiery support to Marine LePen … Continue reading

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Contre Trump – le monde entier

From Paris to NYC and beyond, we’re all in disbelief. When I listened to the French news today on TV5 Monde, I thought of all the words related to this political and economic turning point that my students wouldn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Why Can’t WE have this ?

Why can’t we have something like this in Boston or New York? Last night, Paris and 30 other European countries celebrated their Nuit européenne des musées, an all-night event with FREE entry to all kinds of museums. All that “dans … Continue reading

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