Flash mob (sort of) à la française: 10,000 people dressed in white have dinner at the Place de la Concorde. The diner en blanc happens every year (in Paris and all over the world) at a location that isn’t announced till the last possible minute.
More fun with the French bise. Know exactly how many to exchange in which région (only 2 in Paris). Details at strangemaps.wordpress.com.
Autobiographical animated feature by Marjane Satrapi, a young woman who lived through political and social turmoil in Iran and emigrated to France. Based on her autobiographical bande dessinée (which you can buy at the Francophilia Amazon store). Winner of Cannes Jury Prize ‘07. Read more about the film.
You too can master the complexities of French culture with the help of the animated educational series Karambolage! It artfully compares little-known historical and cultural aspects of French and German culture.
Teachers, take note! You can buy the books and DVDs and watch Karambolage on arte.tv.
Musée français de la photographie, 7,000 images online (3,000+ of France).
Napoleon’s great-nephew founded the FBI! Cool facts plus details of a rare traveling exhibit of Napoleon’s stuff. Read the rest at the Wall Street Journal.
19th-century opéra more to your taste? Try Lakmé by Léo Delibes (widely known thanks to cult flick “The Hunger” co-starring the iconic Katherine Deneuve). Here’s the libretto.
What do you think of French pop sensation Sliimy (pronounce slimmy, not slimy)? We say he’s hard to resist.
Best screensavers and wallpapers of Paris we’ve found yet. Plus e-cards and more. Click the panoramas, spin with your cursor! fromparis.com
A treasure trove of French TV commercials the 40s to today. Régalez-vous !