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Philosophy class in French lycees

It is my understanding that French high school students take a year-long philosophy course in the last year of the lycee. So what's it like in this course, anyway? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Vintage shaving creams in France

What shaving creams were popular in France in the '60s?
posted by ferdinandcc on May 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Paris in June for a Month - Help!

Flat for entirety of June in Paris, with my British sister meeting me in Deauville for two days. I haven't left the USA since before 9/11, and my partner hasn't since he was a kid. I need ALL THE ADVICE: apps to help, other day trips, is Italy feasible sans car, June weather, language sites -- I am combing MeFi but am just overwhelmed, and fearful older content is out of date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Romantic restaurant in Paris for less than 100 euros (give or take)?

We'll be in Paris on March 13th and 14th. We're staying very close to the Musée d'Orsay but we're willing to travel off the beaten path. Currently we've found Les Climats which seems highly regarded and right up our alley in terms of menu. However... [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Mar 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to get feedback on a French play?

My friend is a French expat living in the USA and is almost finished writing a play--in French. She is looking for some feedback on her work from people who are decent speakers of French and know enough about writing for theater, or fiction in general, but it's been surprisingly difficult to find such people. Do you have any ideas for helping her find such people? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Local Paris television news online

I'm looking for daily local video news from Paris, France, in French, online. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 13, 2014 - 2 answers

English language movies featuring France or French

Looking for movie recommendations that feature French scenes, spoken French is good too. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 2, 2013 - 25 answers

Balzac's Benchwarmers

Recently, I purchased a complete set of Balzac's Human Comedy for my Kindle. At roughly the same price as my morning coffee. Balzac was a infamously productive writer. So I'm asking for some recommendations to help me navigate this hyoooge corpus. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 1, 2013 - 4 answers

No, Seriously, Pardon My French

Native or longtime speakers of French, as it is spoken in France: How does my spoken noob French come across? Link to embarrassing sound file inside. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Jul 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Postcard to Japan

I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku?

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Le Pop Super-Bon!

Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Are air quotes international, or localized?

Do Francophones (or other users of non-English quotation marks) use “air quotes”? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Major Mistress Mystery Missed: Madame Makes Masses Manic!

In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Aug 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I buy berets in DC?

Where can I buy three black berets and gauloises cigarettes tomorrow or Saturday in Washington, D.C. (or on-line so they get here SUPER fast)? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me buy this French anti-perspirant.

Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

But they know so much about Wine and Chocolates!

In a few days I will be staying with friend's family in western France, at a house they own. I will be in the UK the next few days. Normally I would bring wine or chocolates as a thank you for the accommodation, but France does these much better and cheaper than the UK (I am told). I am Canadian. What could I bring that would still be a great gift, that I could find in London? It should be something like food or drink, and something of benefit to people on vacation. Price about $50. The friends I am visiting are French/Canadian and appreciate quality/luxury
posted by niccolo on Aug 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Maxim's of La Rochefoucauld, novel-style

Obscure book search: a novelistic setting of the life of La Rochefoucauld, salted with his maxims. [more inside]
posted by lex mercatoria on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Any tips for vacation French immersion courses overseas?

Anyone have any tips or recommendations for French-language learning vacations? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Apr 27, 2011 - 4 answers

job interview in France, help me avoid awkwardness

What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
posted by valdesm on Apr 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Help with name of french song?

french language filter: name of song on france bleu perigord sun 13 march 5.40 am I've posted a minute of the last bars here http://writethinkplay.blogspot.com/ or if someone could translate for me into french that I was listening to the song on france bleu perigord at 5.40 am sunday 13 march, and would like to know the name of it. The song that played just after it was Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. merci for any help
posted by sparkle55 on Mar 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Asterix and Beyond!

What's the French Comics Canon? What are the books it's assumed everyone has read if you read French comics? I've gone through this list, but doesn't really tell you which are held in esteem or are big touchstones/turning points. My reading french is at or near elementary level - short sentences are fine, huge philosophical paragraphs less so.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for a decent documentary on French history

I'm looking for a documentary on French history. Something similar to Simon Schamra's BBC series "A History of Britain". [more inside]
posted by xotis on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I make the best of a trip to France?

I'm studying abroad in France this fall. I want to learn the language. How do I prepare so that I can make the very best of it? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Best place for low-intermediate luxury snowboarding in French Alps, mid-April?

Going with a Swedish friend to escape insane work schedule for a week or so in mid-April. Both in our late-twenties. Never been down in the Alps skiing before, so want to get a good feel for it. Money is not an issue if the experience is good (within reason people...). Looking for a nice comfortable hotel, good slopes, fun people, good food, _great_ scenery. (We're used to the beauty of Sweden/Norway, so needs to be up there :) [more inside]
posted by avocade on Mar 9, 2010 - 3 answers

How to get a list of Noble Families in France

Ok, here goes: My band is working on a project entitled "Record for the French Nobility". Part of this project is to actually send the album or tracks found therein to members of families considered noble in France. How can I get a list of these families' names and their whereabouts? [more inside]
posted by manwoo on Feb 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Awesomeness in Haute-Alpes this weekend?

We're looking for activities/places/things not to miss in the northern French Alps this weekend. [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Sep 24, 2009 - 1 answer

How else to endure all those rituals?

You live at Versailles in 1658. You're nobility of the blood. You know the King. What drugs, drinks, or other ways of getting totally fucked up are available to you? How often could you partake before people started to Have A Problem with it? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Recommend me some french comics or kids books!

I'm trying to learn French. I'm in France, which is a great start. I find I can just about manage with Tin Tin books so reckon that comics (BDs for the more francophone amongst you) or children's fiction will be a good way to relax whilst getting extra practice. Can you recommend some comics or kids books that are in French and not overly complicated linguistically? (I have tried Asterix, but the puns just fly past my confused brain).
posted by handee on Jul 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Why are there so many French internet radio stations?

Why are there so many French internet radio stations? On iTunes, they seem vastly disproportionate. Is there a legal reason, a historical reason, or something else?
posted by Bugbread on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

French-English dictionary, svp

Need recommendations for a quality French-English electronic dictionary. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Nov 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Parlez-vous Histoire?

What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for an animated French music video and song from a few years back

What is the name of that French song from maybe five years back which had an animated music video of a little girl running through the pastures and playing? After a certain time, she stops playing, and she exits what turns out to be a big stage. A line of children are waiting their turn to enter the stage and play. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Aug 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Study Abroad: Nantes/Paris

I'm a French major (a sophomore) at an American university weighing my options for study abroad and I'd like some input, especially about Nantes, France. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Going to Paris in October. What should I know?

I'm spending 4 days in Paris. I've never been to France, and I speak no French. This was a spur of the moment plane ticket purchase. But I don't want to be an unnecessarily annoying tourist. [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Jun 10, 2008 - 34 answers

Who is this French Guitar Player/Artist?

Guitar player from France. With Jewish roots. Plays fusion and his name is.......? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Does anyone know a good French Language School in Geneva

I'm staying with friends on the border between Switzerland and France for about six weeks this summer and would like to find a school that offers intensive French lessons. Ideally I would leave for France sometime in the beginning of June and stay until mid-July, though my dates are flexible. I speak intermediate level French now and would be willing to come into a course a little late, if necessary. Thanks!
posted by pkuras on Mar 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Will work for French conversation.

Where can I stay in France this summer? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Who is this Marius Girard guy?

ArtFilter. Need help finding info on the artist Marius Girard. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 31, 2007 - 8 answers

France vs Quebec

I'm looking for comics, cartoons, and jokes that focus on Quebec-French vs France-French. Could you help me find some?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Alexandra David-Neel and Georges Bataille

Did Alexandra David-Neel ever meet Georges Bataille? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Nov 3, 2007 - 2 answers

Buddhism and Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s

How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Oct 19, 2007 - 3 answers

Saved From Drowning

Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Sep 22, 2007 - 3 answers

He has that certain je nais c'est quoi, no?

Do you know your French actors? Well then tell me, who is this man? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

French Politics 101?

I'm looking for some good resources - be they blogs or just websites about French politics. I'm lost! [more inside]
posted by tozturk on Jun 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Where to study French in France?

My wife and I want to spend about 6 months in France learning French intensively. Where should we go to study? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Vous aiment les Français ?

Looking for views of French and the French in North Africa. [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Quelle Coincidence?

I am trying to remember the title of a French movie I saw in early 1999, although it may date from earlier than that. I don't remember the content of the main part of the movie at all other than that it had to do with amazing coincidences (or AN amazing coincidence, something like that)... [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Feb 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Learn me some French language history

Recommend to me a history of the languages of France. [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 8, 2007 - 5 answers

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