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Le Journal highlights local news stories from all across the French-speaking world and beyond—from an ultra-modern hospital in Burkina Faso, to a Mozart concert at the Opéra de Vichy, to protests in Tibet, and much more.

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Le Journal - French North African Film

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France, Morocco

Opening night in Casablanca for the movie “Indigènes” (English title “Days of Glory”) provided a special opportunity for some of the subjects of the film to reflect upon their past, and for Moroccans and the French to talk about their future.

Le Journal - Mozart à l'Opéra de Vichy

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Mozart fans, take note: Go in through the back door of the Vichy Opera House to see Jérôme Deschamps and his talented crew’s reimaginings of the famous composer’s works. Don’t worry—all the tunes are still pure Wolfgang.

Le Journal - Salon du livre

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

At the Paris Salon du Livre this year, in response to the visit of the Israeli president, six Arab nations decided to exclude themselves from the event. Some attendees were puzzled by the boycott, especially considering that many are known to advocate the creation of a Palestinian state. With all that pressure, no wonder the roof collapsed!

Le Journal - Les Ch'tis

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

The “ch’ti” dialect and way of life of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France is the subject of the movie “Bienvenue chez les ch’tis,” number two on the all-time French box office list and the first French movie on the list. Actor-director Dany Boon knew just the right mix of ingredients to make it stick.

Le Journal - "Claude François"

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

You’ve heard of Elvis impersonators? Well France has Claude François impersonators! Meet Tom Evers, who performs in the style of Podium at the very same club where the real Claude used to come to relax, comme d’habitude.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The last in our four-part series on Paris fashion week showcases the latest collections of Lanvin by Alber Elbaz, Christian Lacroix and his luxury ready-to-wear, Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, and Hermès by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Le Journal - Marion Cotillard

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Marion Cotillard was not a superstar when she landed the role of Edith Piaf in “La Môme.” But, already a formidable actress, she had an impressive set of roles under her belt, and the film’s director had no doubt she was “the one.” He was right: Marion took home the Oscar for best actress in 2008.


An interesting note: The USA release title for the film – in French, ironically enough – is “La Vie en Rose,” the name of a famous Piaf song, which basically means, “life through rose-colored glasses.” The French title comes from Piaf’s nickname: “La Môme Piaf,” which can be translated as “the little sparrow,” but also means “little kid Piaf.”

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Which four designers’ collections are not to miss (if your income is in the seven digits)? Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Loewe, and, for your delicate foot, René Caovilla and his sparkling handmade Venetian shoes.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Chanel and its “rock star” designer, Karl Lagerfeld; Loewe, the “Spanish Hermès,” and its creator José Enrique Ona Selfa; Yves Saint-Laurent under the direction of Stefano Pilati: each line offers a distinctive and beautiful collection.

Le Journal - Le mensonge

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Her stirring, tragic story has moved millions of people. As an eight-year-old Jewish girl during World War II, she was taken in by wild wolves and walked for thousands of kilometers in search of her family. Sound too implausible to be true? Turns out it is. Her story is fiction, and, in fact, she’s not even Jewish. Though she may be the James Frey of French World War II tales, her lawyer claims she’s done nothing wrong.

Le Journal - La bougie du sapeur

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

This newspaper, called “The Sapper’s Candle” (a “sapper” is traditionally a military man who disarms mines), only comes out on the leap year. But how can a periodical published only on February twenty-ninth be financially sound? Maybe it’s true: less is more.

Le Journal - Défilé de mode - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The magic of Nicolas Ghesquière? Innovating, without betraying the heritage of the venerable fashion house of Balenciaga.

Le Journal - Le photographe Cartier-Bresson

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Henri Cartier-Bresson is arguably France’s most notable contribution to the world of photography.

Le Journal - Le Festival international du mime

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Today’s mime is a far cry from Marceau, whose clones accost you in the park.

Le Journal - Nouveaux artistes pluriculturels

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Newcomers Kader Belarbi and Loumia Hiridjee are bringing fresh blood and talent to the French cultural and commercial landscape.

Le Journal - Opéra et musique pop

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Buoyed by the wild success of “Les Choristes,” these young performers are having the time of their lives. Musicians, music directors, and music halls are all hoping their show will be appreciated by this audience.

Le Journal - Milady

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

“The Three Musketeers” is one of the greatest tales of brotherhoood in the Western canon, but this new movie from José Daillant shifts the focus to a female character, Milady, the story’s femme fatale. Look for the lovely and inimitable Arielle Dombasle in the starring role.

Le Journal - Le rôle de sa vie

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Viewer Discretion Advised

French movie star Agnès Jaoui talks about playing a French movie star in the film Le rôle de sa vie. The film, which explores relationships between movie stars and average folk, is the directorial debut for François Favrat, who may become a celebrity in his own right if the film is a success.

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