For a project named La Campagne à vélo, two journalists, Raphael Krafft and Alexis Monchovet, are biking around France in order to meet French voters directly in their workplaces and homes until the end of the French presidential campaign in May.
Their Facebook page is the main portal: the two journalists post pictures of their trip, updates on their latest video, radio or written productions and ask for help or tips on their journey (the two bikers have to find a place to sleep every night!).
The race, which begins July 2 and wraps on the 24, begins along the Le Passage de Gois ou Gôa in northern France. The world renowned cycling race will be broadcast in nearly 200 countries and closely followed in real time on Twitter.
France’s soccer team (referred to unofficially as les Bleus) has a new jersey for away games designed by Nike. Some seem to think it’s a cliché (yet another incarnation of the marinière), but we think it’s classy and sharp! We’ll be checking the FFF boutique to see if they will be available to the public.
NFL Europe disbanded in 2007 (and there was no France team anyway), but there is an American football league in France: the Féderation française de football américain(click Les clubs to see if there’s a team near you). The various clubs have teams at several levels, from flag football to Elite if your kids want to play. They also have cheerleading teams. The EIFA runs summer football camps too.
Check out the site of the Argonautes from Aix en Provence, where you’ll find a schedule of games and practices. They’ve got a boutique too! What better gift for a francophile football fan than Frenchy football stuff?
This is the French version of either bullfighting or running with the bulls… Object of the game: get in the kiddie pool with the bull. Read more about this…sport (and taureau football and taureau pastèque) on In the Middle of the Curve.
A 14-year-old French girl won the international doodle contest, which was open to kids between four and 17. Grand prize included having her doodle displayed on July 11th and getting a free trip to South Africa.
The children line up outside Court No. 1 before the gates open to the public. There are 250 of them, les ramasseurs de balles, the gatherers of the balls. They are between 12 and 16 years old, and they dress in matching shirts and shorts.
Part of Granville Island will become a lively French Quarter celebrating francophone culture during the 2010 Olympic Games — with tourism exhibitions, street entertainment, a farmers’ market and a long lineup of French-Canadian entertainers.
You and Lance Armstrong can have the Tour de France. Cycling doesn’t get any better than this leisurely, creature-comfort-filled tour of the French Canadian countryside, where I’m now pulling off for lunch at the riverside Kayak Café, with its balcony overlooking a small waterfall in the middle of the village of Labelle. I’ll have the salmon tartare and a nice cold beer, s’il vous plait. Then I rent one of the cafe’s kayaks for an hour to paddle the Riviere Rouge before jumping back on my bike.
Now THIS sounds dreamy. Bicycling through Québec on the Route Verte (best bike route on earth per Natl Geographic). Read the rest at sfgate.com.