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  • 04 Nov 2019 8:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Free French film festival by Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapid, Michigan:

  • 04 Nov 2019 8:29 PM | Anonymous member

    The Paris based Modigliani Quartet is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest string quartet and chamber music series.  In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet achieved immediate success and the festival has now become again one of Europe’s major and most publicized Summer musical events.

    “One of today’s best quartets in the world … Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.” — Harald Eggbrecht in Süddeutsche Zeitung

    DATE: November 16, 2019 @ 8:00pm
    LOCATION: Southern Theatre

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  • 12 Apr 2019 11:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The French government is launching a new standard for keyboard layouts in France. The position of the letters (A-Z) will remain the same, but special characters like accents and punctuation marks are moving and many more are added to better support typing French and boost usability and speed. Read more here:

  • 31 Jan 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous member

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date of the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. This group of fourteen artists, along with several others who were closely affiliated, lived and worked in the south of France, producing artwork marked by an interest in materiality, a lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting. French society was undergoing social protests and upheavals in the 1960s that mirrored the civil rights and anti-war movements in the USA.  Feb 1-April 21, 2019

    More information?

  • 09 Apr 2018 1:09 PM | Anonymous member

    A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, celebrates the grand green Gallic spaces captured by such artists as Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse and others.

    Metropolitan Museum Exhibition link:

  • 18 Feb 2018 3:09 PM | Anonymous member
    Judy Paffenberger will be presenting a travelogue of her experiences exploring and enjoying northern France at Perrysburg's Way Public Library on February 22.  Check it out:
  • 02 Jan 2018 3:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Do you like to read?  Do you like contemporary literature?  Do you like to read in French?  Or do you like to read in English?  Check this out!

    The Albertine Prize recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction while encouraging the discovery of new literary voices, translated and published in the US in the past year. The selection presents a range of stories from many diverse locations and perspectives, reminding us of the importance of looking beyond one’s own borders.

    What’s the program? One book a month.
    We’ll introduce you to the best of contemporary French literature, one book at a time. One book a month for five months!

    Don’t speak French? Not a problem.
    You don’t need to know French to enjoy these books. The Albertine Prize shortlisted titles have been published in English within the past year.

    Where to begin? Right here.
    All of the books are available in the US at Albertine and online at Join the conversation using the hashtag #albertineprize and vote at

    The best part? A Book Battle.
    In the spring, we’ll host a Book Battle at Albertine Books. Five literary minds will defend their Albertine Prize favorite.

    Don’t live in New York? That’s ok.
    Follow us and join the conversation via Livestream, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You won’t miss a thing!

    Ready to vote? Great!
    Vote anytime for the books you love. You don’t have to pick just one. You may vote once for one or more of the shortlisted titles.
    Every vote counts!

    At the end of all this? A party!
    Yes, we get to celebrate literature! The author and translator of the award winning book will be flown to Albertine Books in New York City this summer to receive the Prize and say a few words. Cheers!

    More info?

  • 07 Dec 2017 1:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Tout en étant obligé de s’inscrire dans la lignée des comtes d’Ormesson, il s’était fait son propre nom, en forme de sourire, qui reflétait bien son caractère facétieux : Jean d’O. Plus il vieillissait, plus Jean d’Ormesson – qui est mort dans la nuit du 4 au 5 décembre à l’âge de 92 ans – était charmant et charmeur, avec son œil si bleu et son air à jamais espiègle. « Il a toujours dit qu’il partirait sans avoir tout dit et c’est aujourd’hui. Il nous laisse de merveilleux livres », a déclaré sa fille, Héloïse d’Ormesson. Il pensait avec raison que la gaieté est une politesse et voulait mériter un qualificatif presque perdu, « dans un siècle où règne le ressentiment » : délicieux.
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  • 07 Dec 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Pop star Johnny Hallyday has died:

    Johnny Hallyday s'est éteint dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi à l'âge de 74 ans. C'est son épouse Laeticia qui a annoncé la terrible nouvelle cette nuit dans un communiqué envoyé à 2h34 du matin à l'Agence France Presse. "Johnny Hallyday est parti. J'écris ces mots sans y croire. Et pourtant c'est bien cela. Mon homme n'est plus. Il nous quitte cette nuit comme il aura vécu tout au long de sa vie, avec courage et dignité." L'annonce de sa mort suscite des milliers de réactions parmi ses innombrables fans mais aussi de la part de toutes les personnalités qui l'ont cotoyé au fil de ses soixante ans de carrière.

  • 05 Nov 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Manon Pignot is a French historian specializing in the experience of children during World War I and in war and more broadly. She is an associate professor at the Jules Verne University of Picardy and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of The Crayon War: When the little Parisians drew the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2004); Let's go children of the fatherland: Generation Great War (Le Seuil, 2012); The child-soldier, 19th to 21st century: A critical approach (Armand Colin, 2012); and Paris in the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2014).


    The study of “teen-combatants” is a growing subfield in the history of children at war, the history of war violence in general, and World War I in particular. Too young to be legally enlisted as conscripts in 1914-1918, teen combatants also felt that they were too old to remain on the home front. This lecture will explore the cross-European phenomenon of “teen-combatants” both as a rite of passage into male adulthood and as a transgression of wartime norms.

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