French Word of the Week: Tenir

A verb that can lift your soul to the heavens or put you down to the lowest depths of disdain.

French Word of the Week: Épanouissement

Épanouissement is the French word for "bloom," but this literal botanical sense is only one of the many uses of the word. It also comes closest to that elusive concept that the Declaration of...

French Word of the Week: L’Esprit

The "mind" and "spirit" of a fabulous French mot.

French Word of the Week: Le Foyer

From feu ("fire") to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles...

The Language of Love

In the United States, we pull petals off daisies: "loves me, loves me not." In France, where hairs are not split, but coupés en quatre (cut in quarters), plucking marguerites has seven choices: Il...

Cherchez L’Homme

Has the combination of elegance, romanticism and bravado that characterized the French lover become a myth?

The Great Debate

A call for national soul-searching about what it means to be French in the 21st century, a united Europe and a global world.


Look up bureaucratie in Robert's Dictionnaire. First definition: "l'influence abusive de l'administration" (misuse of official power).

Say It With Flowers

Since in France your flowers send a message, you need to know what you're saying