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Lionel - Les animaux - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel shows us some of the fowl at the animal park, including the storks, which are the symbol of Alsace.

Voyage en France - Sceaux - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel shows us some more treasures from the Sceaux domain, including the orangery and the rose garden, as well as the beautiful Dawn Pavilion. The estate also includes something that is fairly rare in France: a dog park!

d'Art d'Art - "Impression, soleil levant" - Monet View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Impressionist movement owes its name to Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise. But the term "impressionist" was originally a slur, coined by a journalist criticizing the movement.

Lionel - Les animaux - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel visits an animal park and teaches us the names of the male, female, and young of each animal he encounters. Did you know there's a word for "female duck" in French?

Voyage en France - Sceaux - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Sceaux is full of many historical treasures, including a castle and an orangery, as well as an esplanade that became famous more recently as the site of a historic concert by Madonna in 1987. Watch the video to find out which French president was there (and the legend attached to his attendance!).

Keen'V - Tahiti

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this song, Keen'V dreams of fleeing to Tahiti, where he'll "live his best life." If only he weren't in COVID lockdown!

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

New Caledonia is still part of France and has not gained its independence despite lenghthy negotiations between loyalists and separatists. Now that the Kanak population is a minority, independence seems unlikely. For more info on New Caledonia, check out these links: https://bit.ly/3cnZgzs, https://bit.ly/2EWfOBG, https://bit.ly/2SyqOrw.

Voyage en France - Sceaux - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In addition to its historic castle, the town of Sceaux is also home to a group of vegetated islets that provide passersby with a place to rest and wild birds with a place to nest. The castle grounds also include an orangery and numerous pavilions to explore.

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

In 1988, New Caledonia was on the verge of a civil war as the native population, the Kanaks, rebelled against economic injustice and demanded their independence. A violent incident on the island of Ouvéa prompted the French government to intervene and even bring in a SWAT team. More violence ensued as negotiations failed.

Voyage en France - Sceaux - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel shows us two historic landmarks in the town of Sceaux: the Saint John the Baptist Church, which contains many valuable artifacts, and the Félibres Garden, which is named after the Félibrige literary movement. He starts out his tour at a former railway station that is now the town's market hall.

d'Art d'Art - "Honoré de Balzac" - Rodin View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

There is an interesting story behind the statue of Balzac by the famous sculptor Rodin. He wasn't afraid to shock his audience. Find out why his decision to represent Balzac's genius caused quite a scandal.

Le Monde - Nouvelle-Calédonie : la dernière colonie française - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France, New Caledonia

In New Caledonia, the last French colony, two societies continue to coexist: the descendants of the white colonists known as "Caldoches," and the native Kanaks, whose numbers were decimated by the colonists beginning in 1853.

Lionel - La Place de la Fontaine de Liverdun - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

We continue our visit to Liverdun with Lionel. The town features a lot of houses with gerbières, or hayloft windows, through which people would hoist sheaves of wheat.

Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte les événements fondateurs d'Antibes View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard tells us about the history of Antibes, from the time of Julius Caesar to the construction of the city walls and the Fort Carré.

Amal et Caroline - La Pyramide du Louvre View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Amal and Caroline are sitting in front the Louvre Museum and its famous glass pyramid. Once controversial, the pyramid is now considered one of the museum's finest works of art.

Lionel - La Place de la Fontaine de Liverdun - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The village of Liverdun has an interesting fountain with a huge underground reservoir that collects water from the nearby Moselle River. In the Middle Ages, people used the religious statues on the village's street corners to orient themselves.

Le Monde - Que faire des statues de la discorde ? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, French people have started to remove statues tied to slavery and racial injustice. However, some statues have been relocated, annotated, or simply replaced rather than destroyed.

Lionel - L'amphithéâtre de Grand View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is in the town of Grand, a Gallo-Roman city whose origin is puzzling, as there was no main source of water in the area.

Lionel - Schengen View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is in the city of Schengen in Luxembourg. He talks about the Schengen Area, a group of countries between which European citizens can pass freely, without border checks.

Lionel L - Le déconfinement View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In May 2020, France entered its deconfinement phase. While the French people are no longer expected to obtain written permission for leaving their homes, they still have to exercise caution and wear masks in most public places.

Lionel - Remich View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is in the Duchy of Luxembourg in Remich, a lovely town on the banks of the Moselle River. It has a lot to offer: boat rides, walking trails, and pleasant green surroundings.

Lionel L - La pandémie, 6e semaine View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, from the beginning of May 2020, Lionel talks about the various deconfinement measures taking place in France. The country has been gradually reopening throughout the month of May.

Claude et Zette - Le pain fait maison View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Claude and Zette are making some bread together. The recipe only requires ten minutes of prep time.

Lionel - Luxembourg View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to the tiny country of Luxembourg. Wedged between France, Belgium, and Germany, Luxembourg boasts one of the highest gross national products per capita and is one of the richest nations in the world.

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