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Are You Afraid of the Dar… of the Ballot Box ? »

One of my passions in life–after eating cereals all day long on Sundays–is watching trailers. They are, I think, the best part of the movies themselves. In no time, they have to convince you to jump off your sofa and run to the movie theater. I believe that the more plausible the feelings delivered, the more likely […]

Nothing New Under the Sun? »

Hello, there! Let me introduce you to the most used conversation topic in the whole world: the weather! It doesn’t matter if you are stuck in a broken elevator with a complete stranger or if you are just trying to flirt – or both at the same time, weather is the key. Talking about the weather will […]

If only Sarlat-La-Canéda PD could compete with Brooklyn nine-nine… »

Of course, it was for the sake of my title. I have nothing against the police of Sarlat-La-Canéda -who could have anything against the policemen of such a charming old French village like this? But sometimes, I find myself thinking of how great it would be if the French law enforcement was half as cool […]

“Si si la Famille!” »

Hey Willamette! Happy Thanksgiving!! Before starting this article about my interpretation of the “Modern Family” in France – based on personal experiences, observations and information – I would like to take a few lines to honour what has become another family of mine, as I was abroad for long period the first time in my […]

When A Soap Opera Doesn’t Seem That Fake »

“Modern Family” … When I first heard the subject of this issue, I immediately thought about the show that you probably all know in the United States. Watching it makes us wonder what a typical family should look like. Can we, nowadays, find in any country something like a family pattern or a norm to […]

“Life is like a box of chocolates” »

My last article on French society made it clear that strikes are a part of our everyday life. So, in France, whenever public transportation isn’t working, and you are surely going to be late to an important appointment, a touch of hope almost always makes an entrance. It lies in this simple question: “Oh wait! Is […]

Danone, L’Oréal and revolutionary French »

Hi guys, it’s me again! Remember? Valentine, this girl from France. Ah la France… Just hearing this makes you daydream about Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Versailles, the Normandie, the Provence, the smelly cheese, the overwhelming amount of wines coming from every single part of the country –Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne,… Or maybe just […]

France’s Future, Economy & Environment: a Pragmatic and Optimistic Outlook »

Well hello there! Hope everything is awesome at Willamette, even though I have very little doubts about this according to my personal experience, and that y’all are enjoying life! Coming back from picking grapes in Alsace (a pretty bucolic region in the Northeast of France), I do have a few things to tell you about […]

Greetings From The Town Of Blue Chocolate! »

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am ecstatic to be writing for the WWN this semester! I come from the United States, more specifically I was born in California and moved to Oregon at 11. Now you Americans must be thinking now: “why is she writing for the WWN? She’s not from the world; […]

Bonjour tout le monde! »

My name is Lucile Brown and I come from the beautiful country of France. I’m a senior at university and am here at Willamette for a semester.

Hello! Bonjour! »

Hello! Or Bonjour I should say. Let me introduce myself: my name is Valentine, I am 22 years old and I come from France. What city am I from? This is a simple question and yet, it requires a complicated answer from me.  Then keep Google Maps within an easy reach  and all aboard, ship’s boy […]

Back to France, Bonjour from Home! »

Hi, wonderful Willamette community! Long time no see… Gosh, I miss so many of you! My name is Paul (last name “Romain”, pretty confusing as it is a popular first name in France, haha!), and for those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m from France. I spent last year at Willamette as an […]

She flies with her own wings »

When I first came to the United States in 2009, I went to The East coast. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, DC… Huge cities, crowded roads and very industrialized regions. But as I came to Oregon, I heard someone saying “Left coast is definitely the right coast”. And to me it is so true… I fell […]

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 […]

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 long-term partner. 77% […]

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 hostility […]

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. Willamette University […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]