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Voyage en France - Le Mémorial de la France combattante - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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France

Daniel Benchimol takes us back to the WWII Mont-Valérien Memorial, just around the corner from the Suresnes American Cemetery. Jenna, the onsite guide, delivers a grim account of how mass executions by the Germans took place, from the reading of the sentence, to the long wait before the execution, to the firing squad and the disposing of the bodies.

Voyage en France - Le Mémorial de la France combattante - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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France

Daniel Benchimol visits the Memorial of Fighting France on Mont Valérien, west of Paris. He reads us a moving message from an anonymous person who wrote a farewell letter to his family just before being executed by the Germans in 1942.

Lionel L - Quai d'Austerlitz View Series View This Episode

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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!

François - Livres conseillés

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

François selected three books to show us that are suitable for teens, adults, and French-language learners alike: Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, La petite-fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel, and Les Demeurées by Jeanne Benameur.

Lea - Cour Saint-Émilion View Series

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France

Lea takes us on a mini tour of Cour Saint-Émilion in the twelfth arrondissement in Paris. Named for the wine that used to be sold there, the Cour Saint-Émilion has suffered fires and floods but was rebuilt a few times and is now a lovely open-air shopping complex.

Voyage en France - Mont-Valérien View Series View This Episode

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France

Daniel Benchimol takes us to Mont-Valérien, the highest vantage point just outside of Paris, where you will be able to take in a sweeping view of the capital. Mont-Valérien also represents a sad part of history, a site where thousands were executed during World War II. General de Gaulle inaugurated a memorial in 1962 to honor its victims.

Lionel L - La Place des Vosges View Series View This Episode

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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.

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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Nemours is nicknamed the "Venice of the Gâtinais" (a former French province), and you'll see why in the final part of Daniel's tour of the town. Traversed by many streams and rivers, Nemours is also a great place to go hiking and immerse yourself in a medieval atmosphere.

Madame Monsieur - Mercy

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Madame Monsieur sings "Mercy," a song based on the true story of a baby girl who was born on board a Nigerian refugee ship. Her mother went into labor on her way to a refugee camp in Sicily.

Louane Emera - On était beau View Series

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France

Louane Emera sings On était beau (We Were Beautiful), a song about the breakup of a relationship. Everything reminds her of her lover, and she can't get him out of her mind.

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

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France

In the next part of his tour of Nemours, Daniel shows us the Church of Saint John the Baptist, a medieval church that was destroyed in the 1600s and then rebuilt over the course of the next two centuries. It houses a bell called the Cloche Philippe (Philippe Bell), which has a lengthy history of its own.

Frédéric - La fabrication du jus de pomme - Part 2 View Series

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France

In part two of this video on apple juice making, Frédéric shows us how apple juice can be turned into hard cider through the fermentation process.

Lionel L - La Pyramide du Louvre View Series View This Episode

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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.

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

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France

The town of Nemours is linked to the history of the United States in two important ways. Daniel will tell you more about that in this segment of his tour, and he'll also show you a group of charming bridges called the "Ponts des Petits Fossés" (Little Ditch Bridges).

Frédéric - La fabrication du jus de pomme - Part 1 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Watch Frédéric make delicious apple juice with a hand press. Once the juice is pressed and filtered, Frédéric will place it in a barrel to decant for twenty-four hours.

Amal - Vélib

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Getting around Paris has never been easier thanks to Vélib, a citywide bike rental service. Amal will tell you everything you need to know about renting a bicycle for a day, a week, or even a year. You won't be stranded after the subway closes at midnight!

1789: Les Amants de la Bastille - Pour la peine View Series

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France

"Pour la peine" (For the Pain) is a song from the musical 1789: The Lovers of the Bastille that tells the story of two lovers during the turmoil of the French Revolution.

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

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France

Daniel begins his tour of Nemours with a visit to the twelfth-century castle, which has the rare distinction of standing right in the center of town. Nemours was the hometown of the famous Du Pont family, who immigrated to the United States in the 1800s and created a business empire.

Peter - L'Olympia

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France

Our presenter Peter is in front of the Olympia, which is the oldest music hall in Paris. Many French singers and big stars from around the world have performed there, from Edith Piaf to Liza Minnelli. The Olympia was entirely rebuilt in 2001.

Lea & Lionel L - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand - Part 2 View Series

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France

The François Mitterrand Library, part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France), is comprised of four large towers in the shape of open books. Lea notes that most of the library's visitors are specialists in art, science, and architecture rather than students.

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