Category Archives: Only in France !

France welcomes us all!

Yet another reason to love France: French President Emmanuel Macron launched a website urging anyone concerned with climate change to move to France: www.MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain.fr – Exxon Shareholders Approve Climate Resolution: 62% Call for Disclosure in Landmark 

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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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Is French culture gone?

This attack on the French intelligentsia seems reasonable and intelligent but some points could use evidence. Is there no answer to these criticisms?  http://www.politico.eu/article/decline-of-french-intellectual-culture-literature-art-philosophy-history/ I wonder if the author didn’t start going wrong in his declaration about Sartre. Yes, he was … Continue reading

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Allez comprendre cette langue !

Nous savons tous que le français est une langue fascinante. Mais Christine nous envoie cette preuve pour les élèves avancés : 1. Le plus long palindrome de la langue française est « ressasser » On peut donc le dire dans … Continue reading

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Perils of Mixing up “Tu” with “Vous”

Carolyn V. sent the following wink at the perils of confusing Tu and Vous: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-og-bastile-vous-tu-20140711-htmlstory.html The dangers are serious! Already at 21, I made a peer feel that I was presumptuous when I said “tu” to a good friend of … Continue reading

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The importance of the humble baguette – Part 3

Stephanie writes: So attached are the Parisians to their beloved baguettes, that I have even been in quite a few Chinese or Indian restaurants, where there has been a basket of baguettes on the table (just in case?). The French … Continue reading

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The importance of the humble baguette – Part 2

Stephanie continues: When I first moved here, I thought that to buy a baguette, you walked into the boulangerie and simply said “une baguette, s’il vous plait”. Little did know, that 99% of French people SPECIFY “au moins” the “cuisson” … Continue reading

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