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  • 07 Jun 2012 11:39 AM | Anonymous member
    The evening of Wednesday, May 16th was a beautiful day for AFT Board Member Ralph Naveaux to host the Alliance on a tour of the River Raisin Battlefield site in Monroe, Michigan.  Ralph is a former manager at the site and continues to volunteer there.  It was a beautiful evening to be outdoors and to learn of the early French settlers in our area, and to see the site of one of the historic conflicts that shaped our country.  Following the tour the group traversed the River Raisin and headed south on the route of the old trail to arrive at the Michigan Bar & Grill for a fine dinner together.
  • 02 Jun 2012 5:01 PM | Anonymous member
    Are you interested in the arts of France?  Check out this site for dance, fine arts, film, and other cultural presentations in the Midwest during the month of June.  Many events are in Chicago, but other cities also offer French culture, including Cleveland, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, etc.  Check 'em out!
  • 07 May 2012 10:48 AM | Anonymous member
    Do you think learning a language is difficult?  Here are some reasons why: 
  • 06 May 2012 1:10 PM | Anonymous member
    Check out this site for wonderful cultural events of interest to Francophiles.  These are conveniently located in nearby cities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.
  • 06 May 2012 12:56 PM | Anonymous member
    Are you headed to Europe this summer for a few weeks or more?  This car rental deal might be of interest:

  • 23 Apr 2012 5:11 PM | Anonymous member
    The AFT Annual Banquet will be Thursday, June 14th (Flag Day!) at Treo Restuarant in Sylvania, OH.  Watch for more details!
  • 23 Apr 2012 5:10 PM | Anonymous member
    Yvonne Goodwin We would love to find a host family for 3 weeks for a French teen 15- 18. They don't need their own room just a bed. If you think you might be able to show them a a really great time in NW OH or SE MI please contact me for info- feel free to share to anyone you feel might be a good fit-thanks! Yvonne Goodwin- 419.461.1894
  • 20 Apr 2012 7:00 PM | Anonymous member
    Presidential rivals Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande staged final rallies at opposite ends of France on Friday, the last day of campaigning before Sunday's first-round vote. Trailing in the polls, Sarkozy told thousands of supporters gathered in the southern city of Nice that each vote would count in his last-ditch effort to defeat Socialist frontrunner Hollande. "Go all of you Sunday to cast your ballots, because each ballot will build our victory, because we need everybody," Sarkozy told the crowd. "The forces arrayed against us are so great that only the French people can say 'Here is the choice we are making, the choice for a strong France'." Hollande held his rally in Charleville-Mezieres in the Champagne-Ardennes region of northeastern France, which has voted for the right in the recent past despite being a poor industrial belt. "Don't lower your guard, be vigilant. Make sure that we turn up in numbers on Sunday. Convince the undecided," he told the banner-waving crowd. And he honoured the town's best known son, 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud, citing his 1874 poem "the Blacksmith": "We once took part in this great moving dream." Hollande's first campaign slogan was "Re-enchant the French dream." Earlier he roamed the streets of the town of Vitry-le-Francois, shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for photos in front of a cafe. The region voted for Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential election, and Hollande said he was there to take the measure of its disappointment. "I've come to this region that placed its trust in Nicolas Sarkozy," he said. "He even came to the Ardennes to make a speech about workers, jobs, industry. Everyone can see how great the disappointment is." Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front, running in third place according to polls, campaigned at a milk farm in the northwestern region of Brittany, where she hit on her theme of traditional values. Lashing out at policies that she said are emptying the French countryside, Le Pen said: "I want to end this death spiral. I want to make it possible ... for people to live and work in the place where they were born." She told journalists she was proud of her campaign and said there was a "credible" chance she could make it to the second round. Asked if she would endorse another candidate if she does not make it, Le Pen said she would make a statement on May 1 but her supporters "will do what they want." Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Left Front ended the campaign as he began it after being chosen as the Communist-backed contender last year -- in a factory. Greeted by union representatives chanting "Resistance!" at a glass factory in the town of Bagneaux-sur-Loing, Melenchon said he wanted to be "close to the workers" for the last day of the campaign. "I am looping the loop -- my last outing is beside the workers, the thousands who are fighting ... the millions who until now were invisible in our society," Melenchon said. "He is the only one to support us and to come here. I know who I will be voting for now," said one the workers, Denis Bruno. With campaigning banned after midnight Friday, the candidates were to spend Saturday with their families and supporters. burs-mm/dc/gd © 2012 AFP
  • 19 Apr 2012 3:14 PM | Anonymous member
    Are you going to be in Chicagoland, or do you need an excuse to go.  This might be of interest:

    "Serge and Beate Klarsfeld met on a Paris Metro platform in 1960. He was a holocaust survivor whose Romanian Jewish father was assassinated by the Nazis; she a young Lutheran au pair whose father was conscripted into Hitler’s army. This chance meeting led to both wedding vows and a lifelong partnership devoted to keeping alive the memory of what happened in Germany and in France during WW II. Elisabeth Lenchener’s documentary records their many joint successes, including researching and bringing to trial numerous Nazi war criminals and leading the effort to create the wall of names at the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris.

    Visiting filmmaker Elisabeth Lenchener will be present after each screening for audience discussion."

    The film is in French and German with English subtitles.

  • 06 Apr 2012 10:27 AM | Anonymous member
    We’re all familiar with April Fool’s Day here in the States, but did you know that it’s believed the tradition started in France? How about the April Fish? check it our here.
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