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Forget about escargots! »

French cuisine…where should I start?
First, most of French traditional dishes are regional. Quiche Lorraine, boeuf Bourguignon, bouillabaisse Marseillaise…They are all named after the region they come from. Did you know that crêpes come from Brittany?!
My region, Alsace, has its own dishes as well. We notice the German influence by the importance of meat and deli [...]

C’est la vie! »

French are very relaxed when it comes to talk about sex.
I don’t mean that we like to exhibit our personal experience, simply that generally, this subject is not taboo.
Just look at the recent revelations concerning Francois Hollande, the French president, who had an affair with an actress, cheating on his [...]

Living Together, on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Sea »

When I started my researches for this new topic on Youtube, I typed : “immigration en France” into the seach field. The three first links that appeared were “Muslim Immigration Destroying France”, “Immigration – Délinquance – Islamisation : La France en dangers !!” and “Immigrants in France : France’s suicide”. This sums up perfectly the [...]

L’Art et la Manière »

Poussin, Fragonard, David, Delacroix, Géricault, Courbet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rodin,… So many French artists who made France famous for Art, and Paris the capital of it. But this huge heritage was sadly not as represented as it should in French pre-collegiate education system as I went through it.In middle school Art History was pretty much [...]

Salut tout le monde !!! »

My name is Florine, and I am very, very glad to be your French language assistant this year, thanks to the Fulbright Program!I grew up in a wonderful region of France called Alsace, in a small town named Soultzmatt. Soultzmatt is located in a valley surrounded by vineyards, in the North-East of France. [...]

Face/Book Vs. Hard/Core »

In America, there are yearbooks: pages recollecting some random faces, (too) close-up shots that will be out-fashioned in a few months or a few years if you’re lucky and have a extremely good sense of visionary fashion.

Alors on danse… »

When I saw the topic for this week, I instantly thought, oh great, music, so many things to say! Then I looked at my iTunes library… almost no French music in it! Well, maybe not that much to say then… Fortunately, so many tunes came to my mind and I started humming without even noticing.
French [...]

Maman, je veux pas aller à l’école… »

In France, like in most of Westernized countries, education is a primary concern as well as a sacred and strong institution since the French Revolution. Jules Ferry’s laws in 1881 and 1882 make education public, free, secular (non religiously affiliated) and mandatory for children from 6 to 13 years old. This law will be amended [...]

Ils vécurent heureux et eurent beaucoup d’enfants… »

“They fell in love and lived happily ever after.”
Translated from French as “They lived happily ever after and had a lot of children.”
Love is a universal matter even though different types of unions might differ from a place to another. It was a long time ago that marriage was the only option for two people [...]

La Toussaint… »

Often considered synonymous with the first of November, “la Toussaint” is in fact a two-day celebration of two related holidays. The name is an abbreviation of la fête de Toussaint (Toussaint’s holiday). The word Toussaint is a contraction of tous (all) and saint.

Politique : les apparences sont souvent trompeuses… »

I have been raised in a family where politics never played a major role. As both a French and Spanish citizen, I am entitled to vote in two countries and in Europe which should make of me a privileged citizen. As a female, I should be aware of all these years of battle and struggle [...]

Salut tout le monde ! »

Bonjour, ça va ?
Yeah, you got it, I am from France. My name is Maria Hernandez.
Wait, I said France right? I so love this puzzling look I get when I introduce myself whenever I go and I have been to so far. This look which says: “You’re supposed to be French but your name and [...]

Willamette World… News »

I couldn’t choose which version to publish, so here is a succession of potential articles. You can read whichever one you feel most attracted to: there are thoughts about bubbles on campus, a wishlist for Santa, a couple of rebellious questions, a journal on my epic journey here, and finally a few numbers about international [...]

Manifest Destiny »

Today I’m at my desk and I’m asked to write my last Willamette World News post. I look out the window of my Uaps apartment, it’s sunny out, the petals of the blooming flowers this flash Spring brought are already falling, and there he is, in the distance: the Golden Man —Looking west.