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Carnaval de Nice

1 February 2019

Carnaval de Nice The Carnaval de Nice is a very special time in the city’s calendar! Nice is a lovely city on the French riviera. Read More

‘Les Copains d’abord’

25 October 2018

We’ve presented songs by Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, all great French musical legends. Let’s add another to the list! This month we’ll… Read More

French Book: ‘Une femme’

1 October 2018

‘Une femme’ is a story about a woman and her relationship with her mother. It is all the more moving because of its autobiographical nature. Read More

French Song – ‘La Seine’

23 August 2018

‘La Seine’ was released in 2011 as part of the soundtrack for the film ‘Un Monstre à Paris’. Its vocalists are the lovely Vanessa Paradis… Read More

French Book: ‘Vol 1618’

25 June 2018

'Vol 1618', by French author, Betrand Puard, was published in 2014 and is a mysterious novel that will grip you and get your adrenaline pumping… Read More

French song – Soulman

22 March 2018

Soulman is the second track on the eponymous album by Ben l’Oncle Soul. It’s a simple, catchy song about Ben declaring himself as a ‘soulman’. Read More

French Film: Potiche

23 February 2018

François Ozon’s 2010 film Potiche is an amusing and elegantly told story of a woman and her fight to shake off the role that society,… Read More

French Film: Le Mépris

26 January 2018

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris was one of the first cinematic works to focus on the beauty of the filmmaking process itself, and not… Read More

Le tourbillon de la vie

23 January 2018

The song ‘Le Tourbillon de la vie’, sung by actress Jeanne Moreau in famous Nouvelle Vague film Jules et Jim, tells the story of a… Read More

‘Bande de Filles’

22 January 2018

Coming of age drama Bande de Filles (2014), or Girlhood in English, is a film which explores the idea of existing on the margins, as… Read More

French Book: Visions de Barbès

9 January 2018

In her 2014 work, Visions de Barbès, author, director and screenwriter Jeanne Labrune tells her own very personal tale of loss and grief. The account… Read More

Il Neige Sur Liege

18 December 2017

Jacques Brel, born in 1929, was a multitalented artist, working as a poet, composer, actor and director in his lifetime. However, he is best known… Read More

Christmas Song: ‘Vive le vent’

22 November 2017

'Jingle Bells' is one of the most famous Christmas songs of the English speaking world. Its popularity encouraged author and actor, Francis Blanche, to translate… Read More

French Book: Nadja

6 November 2017

André Breton’s 1928 work Nadja, which is included in Le Monde’s top 100 books of the 20th century, is also a central work of the… Read More

Mon enfance

31 October 2017

The French singer Monique Andrée Serf, who went by the stage name Barbara, was renowned for her often melancholic songs about memories of lost lovers… Read More

French book recommendation

23 October 2017

The novel ‘La Naissance du Jour’ (Break of Day) by French writer Colette is a favourite in the Babylangues office as an example of feminist… Read More

French Book Recommendation

16 October 2017

The novel 'Bonjour tristesse' follows its teenage protagonist, Cécile, through the fateful weeks which mark the end of her childhood and the beginning of her… Read More

French Book Recommendation

29 September 2017

In Chronique de la dérive douce, Haitian-born author Dany Laferrière recounts the events and experiences of his first year in Montreal after escaping the dictatorial… Read More

UNE COMPTINE

11 August 2017

For this month's French song of the month we look at a traditional French nursery rhyme. This is typically sung in the playground and practically… Read More

Best films for la rentrée

11 August 2017

Here are some great classic French films about or based around school in France to get you in the mood for la rentrée this September. Read More

LAISSE BETON

28 July 2017

This 1977 hit by Renaud cemented the introduction of verlan, or French slang, into mainstream popular culture. This showed a mark in the acceptance of… Read More

LA MER

29 June 2017

As the month of July is so often spent by the sea, what could be a more appropriate song for the month of July than… Read More

Mon Coeur, Mon Amour

23 May 2017

This month we have chosen the song 'Mon coeur, mon amour', a French pop classic by Anaïs from the early millennium. The video takes place… Read More

Aux armes et caetera

28 April 2017

This song is Serge Gainsbourg’s take on the French National Anthem. The title is taken from the first line of the chorus in the national… Read More

The Rabbit Song

31 March 2017

This month, somewhat fitting with our Easter theme, we have chosen the song ‘Un Lapin’ sung by French icon Chantal Goya. Read More

Charlotte Chante

1 February 2017

Get to grips with some colloquial language with this humorous song by up-and-coming French singer, Charlotte Chante Charlotte! … Read More

The Letter Song

31 December 2016

En relisant ta lettre lyrics - This is our French song selection for the month of January. Listen to the lyrics of this song to… Read More

Paris Song

31 October 2016

SONG OF THE MONTH: This month we have chosen the song 'Paris sera toujours Paris'. Read More

October Song

10 October 2016

Discover the words of a French song to help boost your vocabulary! This month, the beautiful song by Francis Cabrel, ‘Octobre’. Read More

André Le Nôtre

31 August 2016

The King of the gardeners, André Le Nôtre is responsible for making the French garden style famous throughout Europe. Read More

Jules Renard

31 May 2016

French writer, famous for his novel Poil de Carotte, which describes his difficult and unfortunate childhood. Read More

Jean-Luc Godard

2 May 2016

Jean-Luc Godard, born 3rd December 1930, is a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the French New Wave movement. Read More

Pierre Desproges

30 March 2016

Pierre Desproges was a French humourist, famous for his elaborate, eloquent and most of all, cutting jibes criticising anything and everything: “On peut rire de… Read More

Alexandra David-Néel

2 March 2016

Mystic, anarchist, and feminist, Alexandra David-Néel was one other the greatest explorers and lived for 101 years. Read More

Famous Women

29 February 2016

This month, retrace the footsteps of some of Paris’ most celebrated and acclaimed women and discover their personal achievements. Read More

Michel Galabru

3 February 2016

French Figure: Michel Galabru Michel Galabru, a French actor and writer, was born on 27th October 1922 in Safi, Morocco. He spent his childhood and… Read More

Abbé Pierre

5 January 2016

Abbé Pierre is best known for founding the Emmaus organisation, through which he brought relief, purpose and hope to the homeless and downtrodden. Read More

Marcel Proust

27 October 2015

FRENCH FIGURE Marcel Proust was a French intellectual, novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of In Search of Lost Time. Read More

Henri Maire

2 October 2015

Coming from a long line of winegrowers and vineyard owners since the seventeenth century, Henri Maire worked hard to put the great wines of Jura… Read More

Daniel Pennac

3 September 2015

French Celebrity: Daniel Pennac and the Belleville district in his works The Belleville district, situated above Ménilmontant in North-East Paris, is home to one of… Read More

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