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Lionel L. shows us some of his favorite places in Paris and provides commentary on contemporary French politics and social movements.

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Lionel L - Les genres

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Tired of stuffy old grammar exercises in text books? Come along with Lionel and learn something about the use of gender in French. This one’s fun, we promise — and no boring rules to memorize!

Lionel L - Dans l'herbe

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel shows us that sometimes there are better things to do than stay all day in an office building to pay rent for an apartment we can’t even spend time in. (And yes, the word “travail” really is related to the word “torture.”) Remember, the revolution starts with you!

Lionel L - Le Canard enchaîné

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

According to Lionel, we hear far too much about Charlie Hebdo and not enough about Le Canard Enchaîné, which is about to celebrate its centenary in 2016. This quality satirical newspaper is in a similar vein to Charlie Hebdo. Both papers even shared the same cartoonist, Cabu, who sadly did not survive the January attack on Charlie Hebdo. Le Canard Enchaîné was no stranger to extremist threats either.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel L introduces a new social phenomenon called "Nuit Debout" ("Up All Night" or "Rise Up Night"). It's a protest movement born from a general discontent regarding politics, labor laws, and other issues. At 6 p.m. every day, people take to the streets of Paris to discuss ideas and air their grievances. The movement is gathering momentum in other cities and countries as well.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In part two of "Nuit Debout" (Up All Night), Lionel explains how protesters gather every night at Place de la République in Paris to think of alternative politics for a better world. The "Nuit Debout" movement has its own coded language and even its own calendar!

Lionel L - Nuit Debout - Journée internationale - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel concludes his series on Nuit Debout. The protest movement, expressing discontent with politics in general, is spreading. Lawyers have joined the fight, and the attitudes of the media and politicians toward the movement are slowly shifting.

Lionel L - Le 49-3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel discusses the French government's recent decision to invoke Article 49-3 of the Constitution in order to push through a controversial labor bill without a parliamentary vote. He also gives a brief description of the differences between the two houses of the French Parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly.

Lionel L - Les voies sur berges

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Every summer, the city of Paris organizes activities to entertain Parisians who don't go on holiday. On the banks of the Seine, you'll be able to play chess or checkers and feel like you're on vacation. There are also plenty of activities for children.

Lionel L - Les élections présidentielles françaises

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel shares his opinions on French President François Hollande's first term and on the upcoming presidential elections in 2017. He predicts a "new triangle" of presidential candidates: Hollande, Marine Le Pen, and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Lionel L - L'art éphémère à Paris

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel shows us some ephemeral art in Paris, including an anamorphic installation on the Louvre Pyramid and a large steel sculpture with a cardboard "cave" inside. Check them out before they're gone!

Lionel L - La Seine sort de son lit

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel tells us about the Seine's recent flooding, caused by severe weather conditions in Paris and surrounding areas. A statue of a French soldier below the Pont de l'Alma acts as an indicator of the river's water level.

Lionel L - La fête de la récup

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to a repurposing festival. It's the second edition of this festival in the Marais neighborhood, offering a great opportunity to recycle, repurpose, and reuse everyday objects that would otherwise be discarded. It's also a great way of taking care of our planet.

Lionel L - La Place des Vosges

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France Parisian

Lionel is in the Place des Vosges in Paris on a chilly June day. The square is busier than previous years due to a recent flood along the Seine. Parisians like to go out in the fresh air, bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, or simply work on their laptop in the many parks scattered around the city.

Lionel L - Nuit Debout: Août 2016

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel gives us the latest updates on France's Nuit Debout protest movement. Though the movement is no longer centered around Paris's Place de la République, it's still gaining traction online.

Lionel L - Les Jeux olympiques de Rio

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

While the Rio Olympic Games were taking place, the Paris Mayor's Office installed a beach volleyball court complete with real sand in front of the city hall building. Parisians relished the opportunity to practice a sport that is not readily available in the heart of the city.

Lionel L - Paris-Plage - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Every year, a portion of Paris turns into a miniature beach where people of all ages can play games and bask in the sun.

Lionel L - Paris-Plage - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

During the summer, a portion of Paris reinvents itself as "Paris-Plage" [Paris Beach]. The capital turns into a vacation spot by providing water access and outdoor activities near the Seine and other waterways like the Canal de l'Ourcq.

Lionel L - La Bastille

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Paris mayor's office set up an outdoor exhibition at the Bastille recounting events that took place on the site of the famous prison. Most people know that the Bastille was stormed during the French Revolution of 1789, but not many people are aware of other important events that took place before and after the Revolution.

Lionel L - Le "Canard" a 100 ans

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Canard Enchaîné (Chained Duck) recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The independent satirical newspaper, known for its shocking headlines, survived many controversies and even censorship. It still has an avid fanbase today.

Lionel L - Jacques Guillaume

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Meet Jacques Guillaume, electric razor repairman extraordinaire. He's been fixing razors since 1962 in his tiny Paris workshop, and quite successfully at that. He's had many famous customers over the years, from interim president Alain Poher to actor Eddie Constantine.

Lionel L - La réforme du français

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel discusses the French Academy's latest spelling reform, which includes such modifications as removing the i in oignon (onion) and the circumflex in coût (cost). There's been a fair amount of backlash against the reform, though the changes are only recommended, not mandatory.

Lionel L - Loi travail: Suite et fin

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

A very unpopular labor law caused Parisians to protest near the Bastille before it was passed in 2015. President François Hollande invoked Article 49-3 of the Constitution to force this law through. The protests continued after the law was successfully enacted in 2016. For more information, you can visit the Nuit Debout and Convergence des Luttes websites.

Lionel L - Quai d'Austerlitz

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

When the weather is nice, Parisians meet up on the riverbanks every weekend to dance, talk, and spend time with friends. For those who love dancing, there are free salsa, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban dance lessons. It's a party!

Lionel L - La Butte aux Cailles

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to the friendly Butte aux Cailles neighborhood in Paris. Its village-like atmosphere is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The Butte aux Cailles was formerly part of the small town of Gentilly before being attached to the city of Paris.

Lionel L - La Pyramide du Louvre

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France Parisian

Lionel goes to the Louvre Pyramid, which was commissioned by former President François Mitterrand and designed by the architect I.M. Pei. Located in the Cour Napoléon (Napoleon Courtyard), the pyramid is one of the most famous selfie sites in the world.

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