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Francophilia Gazette http://francophilia.com/gazette Frenchify your life. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 “Tout est pardonné” – complete Jan 14, 2015 issue of “Charlie Hebdo” in PDF http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7434 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7434#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:31:42 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7434

 

This is the complete issue released after the January 7, 2015 attack.

Thank you to Heidi Ellison, founder of Paris Update, for this file. Paris Update brings you news about Paris happenings, restaurant reviews, and more in English. I recommend subscribing to the e-mail newsletter (I do!). Paris Update [...]]]> CHARLIE_HEBDO_N.1178_du_14_janvier_2015 cover

 

This is the complete issue released after the January 7, 2015 attack.

Thank you to Heidi Ellison, founder of Paris Update, for this file. Paris Update brings you news about Paris happenings, restaurant reviews, and more in English. I recommend subscribing to the e-mail newsletter (I do!). Paris Update is also on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ideas for helping the French and British get along better… http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7424 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7424#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:01:40 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7424  

A rather racy ad (by anglo-saxon standards) in the prestigious news mag Le Nouvel Obs. From 2007.

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A rather racy ad (by anglo-saxon standards) in the prestigious news mag Le Nouvel Obs. From 2007.

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Retro astrologie stamps http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7416 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7416#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:47:19 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7416

Picked these up at La Poste today, thought you’d like them. A high-res version with all twelve signs here.

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Paris Plages 2013 poster by Kiraz http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7388 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7388#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:07:45 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7388

The 2013 Paris Plages poster is by Kiraz of Playboy and Parisiennes fame. Don’t know who he is? We’ve written about him before!

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Paris Cola takes on Coke (and there’s a franco-cola civil war going on) http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7367 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7367#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:36:26 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7367

Paris Cola claims to be 100% French, which surely appeals to the natives, who resent the ubiquitousness of American mega-brands. (Can’t say I blame them.)

It is also competing with another franco-brand launched in 2002, Breizh Cola, “Le Cola Breton du Phare Ouest” (get it?), and is [...]]]>

Paris Cola claims to be 100% French, which surely appeals to the natives, who resent the ubiquitousness of American mega-brands. (Can’t say I blame them.)

It is also competing with another franco-brand launched in 2002, Breizh Cola, “Le Cola Breton du Phare Ouest” (get it?), and is being sued by yet another local, Parisgo Cola, for trademark infringement. Parisgo was launched first, but Paris Cola trademarked their name first… So we’ll see what happens.

Of course, we mustn’t forget Meuh Cola, another provincial brand (Normandy), which we covered a while ago. I’ll have to try that one too…

Don’t know if any of them are drinkable, but I now plan to try all four. I’ll let you know. I’m a Coke drinker, but I do love an RC Cola from time to time. (Pepsi only if desperate.)

Based on marketing alone, I think I prefer the adorable old bretonne ladies of Breizh, and their great-looking site. (Breizh is what Brittany was called before it was Bretagne.)

Parisgo lacks personality and has rather hackneyed slogans (“Parisgo has chutzpa” “Thirsty for change?”). Their website’s being redone right now, so I don’t know about the visual identity, but the logo and labels on the bottles aren’t terribly exciting.

As for Paris Cola, they’re a little more…full of themselves: “un zeste d’arrogance, une pointe d’ironie et beaucoup de bon goût” (a dash of arrogance, a drop of irony, and lots of good taste). Guess they’re really trying to appeal to the Parisians’ amour propre, of which they have much. As for their visual identity: meh. The imagery looks a little cheap to me.

What do you think? :-)

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Blues and Rockabilly in France http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7362 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7362#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:22:38 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7362

In case you’re feeling homesick, there are two summer blues festivals coming up in France! (OK, there’s also rockabilly and country and more…).

The Festival de Craponne sur Arzon (July 26-28) in southeastern France The Nuits du Blues (August 23-25) in Béthune in northern France. Excellent poster above. Featuring [...]]]>

In case you’re feeling homesick, there are two summer blues festivals coming up in France! (OK, there’s also rockabilly and country and more…).

  • The Nuits du Blues (August 23-25) in Béthune in northern France. Excellent poster above. Featuring a real live Stray Cat!

If you decide to go, let me know. These are definitely road trip material!

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Biographies of great women in graphic novel format http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7348 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7348#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 13:09:37 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7348

I can just imagine how tickled I would have been at 13 or 14, in full francophile and feminine bloom, to have received a series of biographies of  great women in French — and in graphic novel format.

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I can just imagine how tickled I would have been at 13 or 14, in full francophile and feminine bloom, to have received a series of biographies of  great women in French — and in graphic novel format.

Naïve is a small independent French publisher of books and music, and they’ve come out with this series called “Grands Destins de Femmes.” Subjects include Angela Davis, Dian Fossey, Frida Kahlo, Agatha Christie, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Aung San Suu Kyi and Virginia Woolf.

Take a peek inside the Coco Chanel bio by Bernard Ciccolini and Pascale Frey.

You can get them at Amazon.fr and FNAC.

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New animated short! Mickey Mouse – Croissant de Triomphe http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7343 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7343#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:15:33 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7343

Nothing has tickled our francophile fancy like this since Ratatouille ! A brand new Micky Mouse cartoon commissioned by Disney from Paul Rudish, the director of Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls.

Oh so retro and yet so modern (there’s the subtlest hint of a video game vibe in there).

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Nothing has tickled our francophile fancy like this since Ratatouille ! A brand new Micky Mouse cartoon commissioned by Disney from Paul Rudish, the director of Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls.

Oh so retro and yet so modern (there’s the subtlest hint of a video game vibe in there).

Mickey and pals will be showing up in other cities, but of course, they picked Paris first…

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Be cool Babar. http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7337 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7337#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:24:07 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7337

Mike Rosenthal (@vectorbelly) has created Twitter: The Comic, a Tumblr blog of comics made from tweets, some his own, some by others.

There’s some random, twisted stuff on Twitter, as you may have noticed. But it makes for some interesting art.

This one, of course, is our favorite.

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Mike Rosenthal (@vectorbelly) has created Twitter: The Comic, a Tumblr blog of comics made from tweets, some his own, some by others.

There’s some random, twisted stuff on Twitter, as you may have noticed. But it makes for some interesting art.

This one, of course, is our favorite.

Based on this tweet by @DankHerbMullet.

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Gallica, the best of French culture at your fingertips http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7330 http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7330#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:28:51 +0000 Francophilia http://francophilia.com/gazette/?p=7330

Now I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life… As soon as I get an iPad, that is. Which may now be sooner than I had thought because the Bibliothèque nationale de France has just released Gallica for iPad. And it’s free. The app contains 240,000 books, 880,000 magazines [...]]]>

Now I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life… As soon as I get an iPad, that is. Which may now be sooner than I had thought because the Bibliothèque nationale de France has just released Gallica for iPad. And it’s free. The app contains 240,000 books, 880,000 magazines and 470,000 images. Also original musical scores, manuscripts and other goodies. Watch the video, and download the app (French store link).

No iPad? Enjoy the riches on the web.

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