Paris authorities are to cut the amount of advertising on city streets by 30% and ban all adverts within 50m of school gates.
We could wander these virtual stacks for days! So far, the Bibliothèque nationale de France has digitized more than one million works, including books, maps, manuscripts, images, periodicals, scores and sound recordings, and made them available for free to the public at the Gallica digital library. This is France’s answer to Google Books, and the result of the big fight from a couple of years ago.
In 2009, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) had an exhibit on the history of French games called Jeux de princes, jeux de vilains. Fortunately, the site is still up, offering great images, games (ludothèque), teaching aids (action pédagogique) and lots more.
Game buff? Also see Five Centuries of Board Games at BibliOdyssey.
She’s one of those institutions who’s everywhere, and long before I had any idea what the hell she’d done I’d learned that her mime-white face was one to be respected and feared, and that she was ubiquitous. What she did is run French beauty pageants for years.
Every year French lingerie company Aubade puts out a sexy calendar using some of the year’s ads. And you can download the calendar from the Aubade site! On this page, under Téléchargements, click Calendrier (couverture + les 12 mois).
Now a cult figure in France, comedian Pierre Desproges demonstrates that you don’t have to speak English to survive in France.
You have the video-game stars les lapins crétins (known as the Raving Rabbids in the US and elsewhere in the anglophone world). What you don’t have in the US is Renault (they haven’t sold cars in the US since the 80s), so you probably haven’t seen this hilarious commercial!
In France mention of the Duralex brand prompts nostalgia. Many primary school canteens still use Duralex glasses with a serial number (from 1 to 48) on the base, giving each child a fictitious age and making the “eldest” at each table responsible for filling the water jug.
Meet Adèle Blanc-Sec, an adventurous bande-dessinée heroine created by Jacques Tardi in the 70s. The stories are set between 1911 and 1922, and several of them are being made into a movie directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element). Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec is due out in April. We can’t wait!