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

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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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France Sees A Fall In Food Prices

Peaches by Britt Reints

This summer, the cost of fresh produce in our favourite Euronation has dropped; vegetable prices are down by 3 percent, while the cost of fruit has fallen by an astounding 12 percent, with the average price per kilo for fresh goods now being around €3.34. And if that isn’t enough to encourage you to up your intake of healthy snacks while visiting l’Hexagone, the price of summer food goods (melons, peaches, and salad crops) is down by an average of […]

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Francophile Fact: How Many Stop Signs Are There In Paris?

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How many stop signs do you think there are in Paris? Go on, have a guess. One. And it’s in the 16th arrondissment. How do you drive safely in the City of Light? By observing ‘priorité droite’ – the right of way is on the right. Simple, no?!

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10 Must-See English Language Movies Set In France

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You love France, of course you do – who doesn’t? But unless you are one of the lucky 100,000 US expats in France, you can’t be there all the time. So to help you get your Francophile fix when you’re at home, we’ve put together this list of 10 of our favorite English-language movies set in France. Happy viewing! Mr Morgan’s Last Love – Starring Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy To borrow a phrase from the movie, this is about […]

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