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Paris, 1877. Who was the Professor?

I'm in the midst of a research project, and my subject (a first-year medical student in Paris in 1877) mentions taking "...Prof. Frény’s course at the Museum, where I got the honor to be received by him in his laboratory." The student was also taking classes at the Sorbonne at the time. Help me figure out who Prof. Frény was, and which museum is referenced. (And yes, I've already tried Google...) Merci beaucoup!
posted by judith on Dec 25, 2014 - 3 answers

The pre-modern breast pump was a man? Tell me more about tetaires.

In The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, the following sentence has prompted much speculation: "There were rebilhous, who called out the hours of the night, 'cinderellas', who collected and sold ashes used for laundering clothes, men called tetaires, who performed the function of a breast-pump by sucking mothers' breasts to start the flow of milk, and all the other specialists that the census listed under 'trades unknown' and 'without trade', which usually meant gypsies prostitutes, and beggars." So, uh, tetaires? [more inside]
posted by poodelina on Sep 13, 2014 - 5 answers

State of French scientific knowledge about the moon in 1878

need some pointers as to research strategies/leads to find out about the state of the art knowledge about the moon in 1878, with particular reference to things arising in or popular in the French scientific community. First thoughts are Times digital archive and to look for an encyclopaedia of similar date. Any leads appreciated.
posted by aesop on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

TdF-filter: What's the deal with that AG2R motorcycle?

I've been watching the Tour de France (thinking of starting a Phil Liggett drinking game, with phrases like "dancing on the pedals" and of course "lactic acid". Anyway, among the bunches of cars and motorcycles in various roles I've noticed one with the AG2R logo on the fairing. As they are also a team sponsor, that got my attention, but I can't figure out what that motorcycle is doing. No passenger, just a pilot on the motorbike, and no obvious role like medical, law enforcement, support*, or cameras. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 answers

What forum do U.S. expat mefite's use most on the internet?

I'm looking for THE forum for peeps like me (mid-30s, freelancing creative professional, not a backpacker) making a go of settling down overseas. I figured the hive must know the good sites with relevant info. [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me get from Paris to Caen tomorrow through the train strike!

Any mefites knowledgeable about the French transport situation at the moment? Two of us have booked train tickets from Paris to Caen tomorrow and it seems that almost no trains are running. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Jun 13, 2014 - 6 answers

I heard the south of France is lovely this year?

I always found the answers to travel questions here very interesting, so here it goes: At the end of August/beginning of September, we want to go on a little post-conference vacation in the south of France. Our plan is to rent a car in Lyon and fly back two weeks later from Marseille. Do you have any tips and recommendations for us? Anything special we should keep in mind regarding to renting a car? We thought that the area of Languedoc-Roussillon is not as crowded as the Cotê d'Azure, so which cities should we visit? Primarily visiting some interesting places and relaxing at the beach is planned but tips for some short hikes are also highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by ironicon on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

French road signs

Where can I view a specific tourist road sign design I saw in France? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on May 11, 2014 - 4 answers

A lost food blog?

There was a one-person food blog/website with gorgeous photography. At point, he went to France and came across a food that roughly translates to 'baby Jesus'. It was not a variant of a King cake. Does anyone remember this website?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 15, 2014 - 7 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

Where can I ski in France? Difficulty level: Cheaply?

Hi, I am looking for tips or advice on how to ski cheaply in France. [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Nov 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Je veux lire de l'histoire française

I'm in the middle of In Search of Lost Time. It's interesting me in French history. It's better to learn about it from non-fiction, though, since Proust mixes real figures and facts with ones he made up. What good books are there about any period of French history between 1789 and, say, 1939? Popular or academic books are fine, and they don't have to concern themselves with wars, arms races, and treaties, either. Cultural histories are good.
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Things to bring to France?

I'm going to France for seven months to teach English to French high schoolers with a program through the French government. I'm incredibly excited to try my hand at teaching and improve my French. As someone with a chronic medical condition, I'm also excited to be enrolled in the Sécu and the MGEN - I imagine my medical costs will be some of the lowest in my life! Anyway, my question is what to bring to France for seven months, 1) for general quality of life, and 2) as teaching materials for my high schoolers. [more inside]
posted by Devika on Aug 15, 2013 - 9 answers

London to Brittany in a Day?

Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later. Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Daft Punk - Contact sample source

Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Frameable topo/geo map of France?

I want to purchase a frameable map of France, done in a similar manner to this one of Oregon. My Google powers are letting me down, even in French. All I'm able to find so far are 3D, molded-plastic relief maps, and then regional, folding topo maps. Any clues welcome.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 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

Oh my lord I love this song; help me find it again!

I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Phones in Paris

Going to Paris next spring 2013, traveling with parents who will be staying at a different hotel on other side of city. Would like to be able to call them to coordinate, what's the best option? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Tren? Ou et le billet? Wait, What?

Where can I book a train from Paris Nord to Beaune, returning from Beaune to CDG a few days later? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Am I going to be cheek to jowl with other family vacationers during Vacances de la Toussaint?

FranceFilter: Vacances de la Toussaint (fall midterm holidays) have what effect on traveling? Are trains, family-oriented sights, indoor pools, etc. packed, or is it mostly status quo? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there nothing to do in Paris but eat, drink & look at art?

Honeymooning in Paris, and trying to flesh out our plans (not to mention a wedding registry) with stuff other than restaurants & museums. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by chicobangs on Sep 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Damn their warnings, damn their lies! They will see the people rise!

[QuoteFilter] Segolene Royal loses her parliamentary seat..."She then quoted Victor Hugo: "Traitors always pay for their treachery in the end." Where's the original from?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jun 18, 2012 - 3 answers

We work in creative. We don't dress up. Or do we?

What does one take to the Cannes Lions in June? Dresses? Ball gown? Jeans? Flip-flops? Sunscreen? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on May 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Question about locales in old pictures taken in France

A friend asked me (because I have been to France a couple times) if I knew the locations in a couple of snapshots taken by his father many years ago (I presume after WWII) while in France serving in the armed forces. I have no idea, having only been to Paris and environs, and thought there was a chance that a French, or French-traveling, MeFites would know. Thanks in advance to anyone who has an idea. Image; Second image.
posted by aught on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Did the Red Warriors Come Out to Play?

Do you know anything about the French antifascist gang called the Red Warriors? [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath on Mar 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for a french thesis

What is the best way to get access to a thesis published in 1966 in L'Universite Nancy Faculte des Sciences, France? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Jan 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Dressing à la française, on the cheap.

Please help me find cheap, reasonably stylish clothes in France. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Dec 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Trying to figure out Orange is driving me bananas.

Help me understand just what I've gotten myself into with regards to my Orange internet connection. (I'm in France.) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Oct 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Do you know of a recently published French book about an invented language and/or society?

I'm trying to track down a French book, published recently, 2010 or 2011. It's either a conlang book or a book about an invented society. Possibly both. It is not a novel or a collection of stories but a description of the language/society. This is the author's first book. It was published by a respected publishing house and garnered positive notes in France.
posted by Kattullus on Sep 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Dining for One in Paris

I want an awesome dinner in Paris. Alone. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Calling all architects!

In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Searching for fun ways to keep up with French language

I'm fairly fluent in French and would like fun ideas for keeping up with the language. [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 6, 2011 - 22 answers

Aidez-Nous!

Accommodations in Paris screwed at the last minute. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Jun 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Est-ce possible (to subscribe abroad)?

I'd like to subscribe to a French magazine, but I live in Wales. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by piato on Jun 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for Basque Info.

Looking for Basque Info. [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Jun 9, 2011 - 9 answers

I want to be a part of it... Grenoble!

Sell me Grenoble! I will be in Grenoble for five days, and if I like it enough, I might return for a year or two... [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on May 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Is it art

Help with a old paintings...and should I buy them...more inside. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on May 5, 2011 - 6 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 me find tres chic beret

Black beret, with white cursive/handwriting text on it in French(I can't remember what it said). I've seen two people with these, brought back from Paris, but I couldn't find them over there myself. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Where would I find them next time? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 8, 2011 - 10 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

Business or Pleasure?

I'm about to start a 5 month internship in France, I'm leaving next week, and my visa hasn't been processed yet. What should I tell customs? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Feb 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Please help me to buy a music box for my wife.

Please help me to buy a music box for my wife. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Cheap internet options in France?

What is the cheapest option for using internet in France without one's own PC - i.e., internet cafés, etc.? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Papa Noel for American peeps.

How can I most easily and inexpensively send small holiday gifts from France to the US? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Nov 13, 2010 - 3 answers

We want to have a Bonne Année, but don't know where to go.

Looking for Paris New Years Eve ideas. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I find a vegetarian hotel in Paris?

Where can I eat vegetarian while staying in Paris? I'm planning a week's holiday in Paris or perhaps nearby, and would like a hotel that's either vegetarian, or very sympathetic to a vegetarian diet. What are my options? Are there any options?
posted by curious_yellow on Nov 9, 2010 - 25 answers

Please don't make me fly overseas again.

How can I get a photo of a war grave on the other side of the planet (without renewing my passport, incurring massive airfares, and getting over my deep-seated horror of flying overseas)? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 7, 2010 - 17 answers

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