The movie, which portrays his rise to power in the five years before he was elected, opens with Mr Sarkozy waking up alone at a hotel on the Champs-Elysees after celebrating his election victory.
Bixente (pronounced bee-shent-ay) is a pro soccer player. Watch a video of the GQ photo shoot on the GQ Magazine site. (Have plenty of ice handy.)
Alt is more tomboyish and trousered, less obviously sexy and pencil-skirted than her predecessor Carine Roitfeld. She is the Keith Richards to Roitfeld’s Jagger.
via The Guardian
The French live in one of the richest and safest countries in the world, yet they are global champions of pessimism, fearful of the future and longing for the past, according to a survey published this week.
*We say it’s realism rather than pessimism.
During his 13 years at the helm of the resource-rich African nation, Bokassa forged a reputation for ruthlessness and megalomania. In 1977, he had himself crowned “emperor” in a multimillion-dollar ceremony modeled on the coronation of France’s Napoleon Bonaparte.
Join us for the vernissage on Wednesday, February 2nd! We want you to meet one of our favorite jewelry designers, Claire Wolfstirn.
…the 48-year-old actress speaks fluent French without accent after attending Lycée Français, a French-language prep school in Los Angeles.
Every year the Victoires de la Musique (French equivalent of the Grammy Awards) identifies the révélations of the preceding year; new artists with star quality. We’ve already introduced you to Zaz and Camélia Jordana, both of whom appear on this year’s short list. FéFé, another coup de coeur of ours, gives you sophisticated urban rap with an African flavor, or blues, or reggae… You can’t pigeonhole him. Here’s his official site if you want to hear more.
No discussion of French cuisine occurs without some reference to using seasonal produce. And it’s a lot more écolo to cook with seasonal produce too. Download a nice PDF showing which fruits and vegetables are in season in France during which months of the year. Great for expats who have no clue (like me, but hey, I’m from Southern California, I have an excuse). Could be useful and fun for the classroom!
via Cuisine Campagne
Designed by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it is one of the best examples of 18th-century royal architecture and its intact collection of furniture and decor is unrivalled, even by the palace of Versailles. But the state-owned building could be transformed into luxury boutiques, plush suites for billionaires or a hotel with swimming pool.
via The Guardian
Help us test and stock the shelves of the NEW Francophilia Marketplace!
As you can see, we’ve put two items up for sale, but the idea is not for us to sell things; it’s for you to sell things. New, vintage, handmade… As long as they have a French or francophone connection.
We have one poster of the beautiful painting Au Salon de la rue des Moulins by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to give away this month, courtesy of Art.com, whose French Museum Collection we featured not long ago.
If you don’t win the poster, you can still go to Art.com and use the discount code FRANCOPHILIA for 15% off your purchases through January 14th, 2011.*