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.

08 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

The towns and posters of World Cup 1998

France first hosted The World Cup in 1938. The prestigious tournament returned to France in 1998 and the host nation triumphed in the final, winning 3-0 against Brazil. The games in the tournament were played at selected stadiums in 9 major cities. Can you name them ? Here they are, together with the unique posters made for each city. And don't forget 'Footix', the World Cup mascot...

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03 May 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Matisse Museum in Nice

While on vacation on the Côte d'Azur, Pure France suggests that you visit the Matisse museum in Nice. Henri Matisse, a French painter resided in Nice and died there. From fauvism to his cut-out paper collages, discover this genius artist. Andy Warhol declared in 1956 "I want to be Matisse".

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27 April 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture, Tourism

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream, has returned to space for a 6-month mission. Thomas Pesquet, our astronaut at heart Thomas Pesquet was born in 1978. He is the 10th French to conquer space and the 2nd to make a long stay. First in 2016, for the Proxima mission. He left on board the Soyuz MS-03 from the Baikonur launch base in Kasakhstan and joined the International Space Station (ISS).

12 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris. A story of the most gifted French surrealist poets, his continued infatuation with his Russian girlfriend and wife, Gala. Their association with Pablo Picasso and Salavador Dali, and an emotional recital of of a love letter by Clémence Poésy from the Isle de France in Paris.

07 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

French Fried Vacation - a cult French comedy classic

'French Fried Vacation 2' ('Les Bronzés Font Du Ski') is a 1979 film directed by Patrice Leconte written reuniting the cast of a previous film with eight friends who met on holiday in the Ivory Coast. The film has become a classic in France with a huge cult following. A great film to watch while the ski resorts remain closed !

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07 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

A Rare Discovery

A chance conversation led to a rare discovery last month of a classic Citroen H van - found abandoned after 15 years in a old barn in a small wine-producing town among the vineyards north of Béziers in Occitanie. Here's the story of an eye-witness account of what happened.

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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.

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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.

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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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