Culture

Come with us on a journey into French culture to discover the true art of French living. Regional gastronomic treats such as wine and cheese. Fashion, jewellery, architecture, museums, cinema, theatre and literature. All which makes France a country with a unique cultural diversity.
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28 October 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Culture, Bakeries, Patisseries

The French croissant

The beloved French croissant famously known around the world as a traditional French pastry is actually an adaptation of an Austrian 'kipferl', a traditional yeast bread roll. As the popularity of the 'kipferl' grew amongst the French, an alternative copy of the pastry was created and known today as the French croissant.

© Hélène

21 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Hélène Et Les Garçons

Hélène et les Garçons is a French television series in 280 episodes of 26 minutes, created by Jean-François Porry, produced by AB Productions and broadcast from May 11, 1992 to November 22, 1994 on TF1. Since the end of its shooting, the series is available in full on the Generation Sitcoms YouTube channel.

© Sarlat

18 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Sarlat Film Festival 2021

The 30th edition of the Sarlat Film Festival runs from November 9 to 13, 2021. The Sarlat Film Festival is one of the major festivals of the French cinematographic calendar. It is a festival well known to film personalities who come each year to present their films; the streets of Sarlat have hosted some of the greatest French directors and actors of the past twenty years.

© Eiffel

14 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Architecture

Coming soon - new film, 'Eiffel'

Coming soon - a new fim by director Martin Bourboulon; 'Eiffel'. What if Gustave Eiffel had built his A-shaped tower as a declaration to Adrienne, the impossible love of his life? It is on the basis of this romantic hypothesis that Martin Bourboulon took in hand the crazy project of the French film of the year. Mark your calendars: Eiffel will be launched in theatres on October 13

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10 October 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Serre Moi Fort - a film by Mathieu Amalric

Serre Moi Fort (Hold Me Tight) is the eighth feature film from director Mathieu Amalric. It was presented at the Cannes film festival. Adapted from the play "Je reviens de loin" by Claudine Galea. A woman one day simply walks out on her family. Or does she?

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08 October 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Pierre Soulages - artist

Pierre Soulages, French painter from Rodez is known the world over. His work is characterised by its black monochromes. But why the black, which the painter calls 'Outrenoir' ? Find out more about the the painter and his works.

© Air France

04 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Made in France

Made in France; Air France; a history of uniforms

The first commercial air hostess uniforms in the 1930s resembled nurses' uniforms. They were designed to reassure customers embarking on voyages on the then still relatively new mode of transport. Later, the uniforms borrowed motifs from the military and cruise liners. Over the years, the uniforms of Air France have been a constant symbol of French elegance.

© Renault Alpine Dieppe

03 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Made in France, Transport

Made in France; Renault Alpine

Alpine is a French automobile manufacturer, owned by the Renault group. The company was created in Dieppe, in Normandy, in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, at the time Renault dealer. He made a remarkable breakthrough in the sports automobile sector. Seventeen years after the end of production of the last Alpine model, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault, announced on November 5, 2012 the rebirth of Alpine2.

© Bateau Rocher

29 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The 'Rock Boat'

A rock boat off the coast of Marseille has recently been surprising tourists and locals alike. “The Invisible” is a totally man-made floating rock of 4.30 meters. A trompe-l'oeil larger than life imagined by Julien Berthier. Suddenly, the rock starts to move ... and accelerates to a considerable speed...

© Les Amours d'Anaïs

28 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

New film; Les Amours d'Anaïs

New film, in cinemas now, Les Amours d'Anaïs. The film follows Anaïs, a 30-year old woman who is broke and has a lover she doesn't think she loves anymore. She meets Daniel, who immediately falls for her. But Daniel lives with Emilie - whom Anaïs also falls for.

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17 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Events

European Heritage Days

On September 18 and 19, the 38th edition of European Heritage Days (Les Journées du Patrimoine) will take place. Discover the European Heritage Days in each French department: Corsica, Pays de la Loire, Occitanie, Provence.

© Édouard Béliard

10 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

A Month of Impressionism - Art Festival

From September 1 to 30, 2021, the towns of Pontoise, Auvers-sur-Oise and Isle-Adam invite you on a journey to the time of the Impressionists on the occasion of the first edition of the 'Month of Impressionism' festival. Shows, exhibitions and workshops for all, old and young, come and discover the painters who lived in the Oise Valley and made it a major place for the history of art.

© Marie Marie

09 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Marie-Marie and Serge Gainsbourg - a new book

Marie-Marie and Serge Gainsbourg - a new book. For three years, she was his secret affair. In "Il Etait Une Oie", the anonymous Marie-Marie recounts her secret affair with the generous and egocentric Serge Gainsbourg. This is the story of their love affair.

© Bac Nord

07 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

Bac Nord - a new film set in Marseille

Here's a new film, recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival in July. The northern districts of Marseille hold a sad record: the area with the highest crime rate in France. Driven by its hierarchy, the BAC Nord, a field brigade, constantly seeks to improve its results. In a high-risk sector, the cops adapt their methods, sometimes crossing the yellow line. Until the day the justice system turns against them.

© Belmondo

07 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Adieu au magnifique Belmondo

The iconic French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo has died at the age of 88. The actor died at his home in Paris, his lawyer Michel Godest said. Belmondo burst onto the silver screen in the 1950s, but made his name during the next decade's New Wave of titles including "Breathless" and "The Man from Rio". Over his 50-year career, Bébel, as he is known in France, appeared in 80 movies, starring in both popular and auteur films and working under a variety of major French directors, from Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard to Claude Lelouch.

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30 August 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Deep House

The Deep House is a new horror thriller film directed and written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. The film stars James Jagger and Camille Rowe with most of the filming done in and around the Saint Peyres lakes in Occitanie (Languedoc).

© Hubert Viel

22 August 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

New feature film - Louloute by Hubert Viel

A new film by Hubert Viel, 'Louloute. In cinemas August 18th. Louise revisits her childhood when her family decides to sell their farm. 20 years ago, she was Louloute, a mischievous and exuberant little girl, helping her father with their farm, fighting with her siblings and worrying her mother… When the family's debts accumulate and overwhelm them, tender childhood moments become intertwined with the harsh adult reality of a disappearing rural world.

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10 August 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Pure France, Tourism, Wines, Sports and leisure, Gastronomy, Events, Culture

Events not to be missed in September in France

Have you decided to take a vacation in September? You are right, because it is the best period to fully enjoy your holidays in France without the tourist influx that can sometimes be found in the middle of the summer season. Discover all the events during the month of September, not to be missed during your holidays!

© Le Petit Nicolas

10 August 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Le Trésor du Petit Nicolas

Coming soon, a new Petit Nicolas film. In the peaceful world of Petit Nicolas, there is Dad, Mum and school, but above all, his group of friends. They are called Les Invincibles, but they are above all inseparable. At least they think so. Because when Dad gets a promotion and announces that the family needs to move to the south of France, Nicolas's little world starts falling apart.

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09 August 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Drinks, Tourism, Wines

The City of Wine in Bordeaux

An emblematic place in Bordeaux, where you will discover the history of wine in the form of a museum and exhibition, tastings, events and restaurants. A permanent route will be offered to you, with a virtual tour of the exhibition, a belvedere, and a temporary exhibition.


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