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How UNESCO Preserves the Rich Tapestry of Life

It’s not only natural wonders and man-made monuments that are given the protection of UNESCO – the organisation’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage is just as vital. But what exactly does it entail? Jennifer...
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Bastille Day Becomes Bastille Week in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Comité Officiel Bastille Day celebration that is usually held at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza along the Embarcadero cannot be held this year because events that attract 7,000+ attendees aren’t currently allowed due...
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Will French Singers Dominate Eurovision?

May 22 could be a red-letter date for the French language, because that’s when the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest will be announced. Two of the favourites — France and Switzerland — are both...
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On Écoute: Calogero

All about that bass...and plenty of catchy tunes In this column we explore the career of a French singer-songwriter who sells out arenas in his home country, but is barely known outside France. Born in Isère...
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Focus on French Cinema: The Hot Virtual Film Festival

A year ago, the Alliance Française of Greenwich, Connecticut, had to cancel its annual French film festival. The March timing of the U.S. shutdown for the pandemic made it impossible to switch from the...
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Top Trips for Women in France

When considering where to go and what to do in France your choices add up to an embarrassment of riches. While France is one of the safer countries it’s important when planning a trip...

On Écoute: Francis Cabrel

We explore the career of the Agen-born singer-songwriter Francis Cabrel, a guitar-playing troubadour whose sensitive lyrics and catchy melodies make him utterly beloved in France. His popularity is such that one of his albums –...

On Écoute: Syd Matters

Mellow tunes for daydreamers Perhaps it's the pandemic dreaming, reminiscing about better memories and simpler seasons, when drowsy, summer evenings were easy and carefree. Something in the air these days is warping us straight back...

On Écoute: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Being famously shy (or shyly famous) has never hampered Charlotte Gainsbourg. The 46-year-old is one of France's humblest sweethearts, despite a life in the limelight (unavoidable, really, with parents as renowned as Jane Birkin and...

On Écoute: Yael Naïm

Singer, songwriter, citizen of the world... Born in Paris to Tunisian parents and raised in Israel, Naïm considers herself a citizen of the world. She returned to Paris at age 21 where she began composing...