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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05 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Gastronomy

Le Creuset - Classic french cookware

For the most famous chefs in the world and for amateur cooks at home, Le Creuset cookware has become a classic brand of quality. A style icon, Le Creuset is known for its coloufully enamelled cast iron and has become a staple for all kitchens in France and throughout the world.

01 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Magic Roundabout / Le Manège Enchanté

The story of the short animated TV series which became famous both in France and the UK. Created by Serge Danot, Le Manège Enchanté first appeared on French TV screens in 1965. At the same time, across the channel, it became a children's favourite known as The Magic Roundabout.

28 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Goodbye First Love - a film by Mia Hansen-Løve

Goodbye First Love is a film by Mia Hansen-Løve released in 2011. "15-year-old Camille and 19-year-old Sullivan are mad about each other, but at the end of the summer, Sullivan leaves to go traveling for a year. After a few months later, he stops writing to Camille and she attempts suicide. Four years later, Camille is devoted to her architecture studies. She meets a famous architect, Lorenz, with whom she falls in love. That's when she crosses paths with Sullivan again…. " A must-see movie.

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27 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Culture, Transport

La Route du Soleil - Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

A love story, a travelogue, a collection of stories and snapshots, both visual and verbal, irreverent and brilliant. "Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed." - Pablo Neruda In May 1982, Julio Cortázar, literary explorer of the highest order, set out with Carol Dunlop aboard their VW camper van to explore the uncharted territory of the Paris to Marseille autoroute.

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26 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne was painted at the turn of the 20th century. Cezanne was one of the leading impressionist artists. This paintings links man to nature - the bodies are depicted together to blend in with nature and become one. The picture also represents the transition to modern art, heralding Cubism.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Bic pen - an uncelebrated French design classic

On every desk in every school, university or workplace. In your coat pocket, somewhere in the car or in a kitchen drawer there is a familiar pen, made by Bic. Its one of France’s most uncelebrated design classics. Manufactured in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the world's favourite pen reached a landmark in 2006 when sales reached 1 billion. Find out here why there is a hole in the cap...and more.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Sagan

‘Aimless people who are involved in tangled, often amoral relationships.’ These are the international best selling stories of one of France’s most celebrated authors. Discover here the life and works of Françoise Sagan. Are they a true reflection of real French life ?

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19 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

The classic Citroën Mehari

Anyone with memories of a 1970s summer beach holiday either on the Atlantic coast between Arcachon and Biarritz or anywhere along the Cote d’Azur from Marseille to Menton will remember the familiar site of the Citroën Mehari. A classic French vehicle and style-icon; find out more here.

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18 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism, Culture

Discover Biarritz

What are the must-sees in and around Biarritz, on the Atlantic Coast of France ? Here you will find all the best activities and sites in this beautiful part of France. Rich in its architectural heritage and its history, there is plenty to discover for your family holiday in and around Biarritz.

17 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Dorléac

Everyone knows Catherine Deneuve, the icon of French and international cinema. But less is known about her sister, Françoise Dorléac. Françoise was actually the first of the two sisters to become a star - she first modelled for Chritian Dior and then made a number of films before her tragic death in 1967.

12 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Pure France loves the films of Maïwenn, her latest film is DNA

Pure France loves the films of Maïwenn, her latest fim is DNA. Maïwenn is a French actress and director. She directed her first feature-length film at the age of 30, Pardonnez-moi. Further directorial credits include Le Bal des Actrices, Polisse, Mon Roi. DNA was released in October 2020 during the lockdown when cinemas were closed. We can't wait to see it.

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09 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

Cannes Underwater Museum

A remarkable underwater museum has just opened in Cannes. It features a series of six monumental three-dimensional portraits, each over two meters in height and ten tons in weight, placed at a depth of between two and three metres. The installation is located just off the island of Sainte-Margueritte. Sainte-Margueritte is part of the Lérins Islands a group of four islands just off the coast of Cannes.


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