Bon Appétit! La Fête De La Gastronomie Is Back

Bon Appétit! La Fête De La Gastronomie Is Back

Gastronomy and France – they go together like wine and cheese, fruit and nuts… see our point? So it should come as no great surprise then, that since 2011, the French, with typical Gallic passion, have been celebrating their gastronomic traditions by holding festivals dedicated to all things delicious. This year’s last summer weekend – 26, 27, & 28 September – sees the 4th annual Fête de la Gastronomie taking place at locations across the country, including some which are […]

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Francophile Fact: La Médaille de la Famille Française

Médaille de la Famille Française

Originally called the ‘Médaille d’honneur de la famille française‘ (medal of honor of the French family), the award has since undergone several name changes, and from 1983, has been known as the ‘Médaille de la Famille Française‘ (medal of the French family). The medal was originally to honor mothers of large families but is now bestowed upon parents and carers of either gender who are deemed to have raised children with dignity.  

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Whisky Live Paris

Whisky Live Paris

This month sees the international exhibition, Whisky Live Paris, now in its 11th year, take place at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, where it will afford visitors the opportunity to brush up on their whiskey knowledge, discover a world of new tastes and experiences, and meet other enthusiasts who share their passion. The Paris exposition, which is also held in New York, London, Johannesburg, and Shanghai, is spread over three floors, and has a tasting area of more than […]

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A Dozen French Foods You Simply Must Try!

French foods you must try

There is a good reason why France is famous for its gastronomic delights; with each region having its own unique and wonderful offerings, there’s something to suit everyone’s palate. Writing about all the amazing food in France could easily take up the space of a large book, so here are just a few of our favorites here at France.com. Baked goods Brioche – is a slightly sweet bread enriched with eggs and milk, which is often eaten at breakfast, although […]

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Francophile Fact: The Oldest Canal In Europe

le canal du Midi près du pont des demoiselles à Toulouse by Yelles

Built between 1666 and 1681, at 241 km (150 miles) long, and with 65 locks (originally 86), 126 bridges, 55 aqueducts, 7 canal-bridges, 6 barrages, and 1 tunnel, the Canal du Midi is Europe’s oldest functional canal. Until 1789, when its name was changed by revolutionaries, the canal was originally called the Canal Royal en Languedoc. The canal stretches between Port de l’Embouchure in Toulouse and Les Onglous (Étang de Thau), Sète, where a lighthouse stands at its mouth.  

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Paris’ Hotel Majestic Gets More Than Just Another Facelift

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At 19 Avenue Kléber, in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, stands a building which has seen a lot of changes in its 106 year old life. The Hotel Majestic, built in 1908, has been used as offices for the French defense ministry, and during WWII, as the Germany’s high command HQ. In 1973, it was the site of the Paris Peace Accords signing, and in 1928, George Gershwin, while staying at the Majestic, wrote An American In Paris. Today however, […]

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Francophile Fact: La Langue Française

Adolphe Bitard - Téléphone

As well as being the official language in France, La Langue Française (French) is also the second major language in Europe. With Latin roots, French is the second most-studied language after English, and is spoken by more than 300 million people around the world as first or second language. Vive la France!

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Love Music?

Jazz à la Villette 2014

And in Paris for the next few days? If so, then you’ll love Jazz à la Villette, one of the most looked-forward to annual musical events in Paris in the fall. Don’t let the name fool you, however, it’s not all jazz – the festival comprises a vibrant mix of blues, swing, funk, world music, and of course, jazz. Held at Parc de la Villette, the festival features a raft of unique concerts from well-respected masters to new talent, to […]

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France Looks Forward To A Bumper Wine Harvest This year

Château Vougeot, Bourgogne

According to agricultural authority, FranceAgriMer, we are expecting to produce over 6 billion bottles (approx. 46 million hectoliters) of wine in France this year. Jerome Despey, head of FranceAgriMer’s wine division, says; “After two years of excessively low harvests, we’re getting somewhat back to normal … We see good prospects at the start of this harvest.” Last year and the year before, in France, we had record-breakingly poor yields, due to cooler temperatures and generally inclement weather. Excessive rains and […]

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Francophile Fact: Posthumous Marriage In France

Tombe Victor Noir

Did you know that it’s legal to marry a deceased person in France? Article 171 of the civil code states that; “The President of the Republic may, for serious reasons, authorize the solemnization of marriage if one of the spouses died after completion of official formalities marking it unequivocal consent. In this case, the effects of marriage dated back to the day preceding the death of the husband. However, this marriage does not entail any right of intestate succession for […]

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