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The origins of an informal word »

There are some informal words, -slang words-, that we use far more than the “normal” or common words, like, for instance, the word “mec” (it means “guy”, but is perhaps more pejorative).

La gastronomie à la française »

France is well-known in the world for its gastronomy. I am not myself an expert on the topic (I think some people expect all French to be wonderful chefs) but like many people, I know a few things about French food. First, it is characterized by its diversity. There are many French dishes that are [...]

The collapse of The French soccer team during the FIFA World Cup of 2010 »

Soccer is the French “national” sport. It is and has always been very important in France: we really live soccer. The proof is that, after the last World Cup in South Africa, from the chaos that was brought about at the defeat of the team, the French government had to intervene.

Molière: a great playwright »

We often say that English is the language of Shakespeare. In the same way, we say that French is the language of Molière. That’s why I wanted to talk about one of the most famous playwrights in France: Molière. In middle and high school, we study lots of his plays. Every French must have read [...]

Three worldwide famous French movies »

Unlike America, whose film industry is famous all over the world, France has a limited number of movies that have such a broad influence. However, a few ones have had a lot of success, and more and more find their way to the international.
Here is my selection of three French movies which have had a [...]

Over the Atlantic: the French Political System »

France is a democratic country whose motto is “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” It conveys the values of people gathered in the same Nation. Once Monarchy was abolished in 1789 by what is known as the French Revolution and the decapitation of king Louis the 16th, there were different successive Republics. The Fifth Republic was approved in [...]

Politics in France »

The actual president of France is Nicolas Sarkozy. He was elected in 2007 for a five-year term, so the next presidential elections will be in 2012 but we can already say that the election campaign has started…

Superstitions in France: top 3 »

Like many countries in the world, France has its superstitions. I think that five of them are still very present nowadays and if you mention them to the French, they will know exactly what you’re talking about. So, here are our top 3 popular beliefs:
1. The number 13 can be seen as a bad or [...]

Hello to you all Willamette Community »

My name is Jérôme and I come from Strasbourg, France, a city located in the North Eastern part of the country, at the border with Germany. I have mainly been raised between two countries and cultures since my mother is from Belgium and that half of my family lives there, resulting in a lot of [...]

Bonjour »

My name is Mikhal. I come from Paris, France and I’m the French assistant for this academic year. I have studied six years in a university called La Sorbonne. It is certainly one of my favorite places in Paris. You want to know why? La Sorbonne is a place full of history, but it is [...]

France Celebrates International Women’s Day »

Following a decision of the United Nations, the 8th of March was made the official day for women worldwide in 1977. The socialist government chose to apply it in France in 1982. Unlike many countries, this is not a day off but a time when many events take place across the country. One of [...]

Développement Durable en France »

There are many things that can be said about sustainability. Over the past few years, I think people in France have become more and more aware of the problems generated by the negative impact of non-recyclable items which jeopardize sustainable development. I think this feeling is shared in many countries in Europe. People get involved [...]

La Saint Valentin »

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day but I’ll try to present how this event is celebrated in France objectively. There are many theories about its origin, but if you want to learn more about this, here is a useful link:

Cultural shock from a French perspective »

Coming from a Western country, I guess the ‘cultural shock’ I experienced when I first came to Willamette was not as strong and interesting as for someone coming from a very different environment. Let’s face it, we French people are not that different from Americans, are we?