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Pre-Summer Reading: The Languages of Reaction, of the French, of Film, of Fatal Denial, of Healthy Debate

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

If you wish to know what unites, at the deepest level, the fans of jihadism, new-wave Le Pen-ism, and Vladimir Putin's Eurasia project, then read, without delay, Raphaël Glucksmann's Génération gueule de bois.

French Voted The Sexiest Language | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel

It’s perhaps the musicality and softness of the language, or zee charming way zey can’t pronounce ‘th.’ Whatever the reason, French was na...

Does French Stand a Chance Against a Global English-language Tsunami?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

French, once the language of high culture, kings and queens, and pin-striped diplomats, is drowning in a global tsunami of English usage in commerce, science, education -- and even at the multilingual United Nations.


Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Recently, the Quebec Board of the French Language sent a letter to a renowned Italian eatery in Montreal informing the owners that they were in violation of the law by daring to use the words 'pasta,' 'polpete' and 'bottiglia' on the menu instead of their French equivalents.

French Language Office Investigates Restaurant For Using Italian Words

Posted 02.21.2013 | World

Buonanotte restaurant, located in French-speaking Quebec, Canada, recently came under fire for using the words "pasta" and "calamari" on its menu, rep...

The Trouble With Learning French

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

The words that one learns passively in a given language (that is to say, out on the street or simply through repeated and unsought auditory repetition) are often reflective of deeper cultural values and attitudes. In France, more often than not, this attitude is pessimism. Allow me to explain.

Making My Way Through France, One Fake Pregnancy At A Time

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 11.26.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

When not busy making fun of French people speaking French, I'm devoting considerable energy to making fun of them speaking English. There is no question that this is entirely in an effort to make myself feel better about my own meager French skills, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.

Say 'Bonjour' To Le Huffington Post

Posted 12.10.2011 | Media

The Huffington Post has announced the upcoming launch of 'Le Huffington Post', a French-language edition of the site, to be run in conjunction with Th...

Let's End Bi-Partisan Hatred by Changing the National Language to French

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Let's face it, once the language is absorbed into the culture, even if things do get ugly, doesn't merde sound nicer than the alternative?

Letter From Paris: On Location -- Liwan

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Beth Arnold

How much do I love the Paris boutique, Liwan? Let me count the ways.

France Attempts To Keep French As The Diplomatic Language

GlobalPost | Teri Schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS, Belgium �" It brings an entirely new context �" and not an entirely linguistic one �" to the concept of "French lessons." ...

Letter From Paris: The Hottest Little Restaurant in Town

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Beth Arnold

About a year ago in April, the food people started rumbling about a new place called Frenchie, which happened to be in my neighborhood.

Renewable Energy Expert Steve Smith Mitigates Conflicts in Congo, Rwanda, Sudan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Multi-tasking is de rigueur these days, so it comes as no surprise that renewable energy expert and conflict resolution specialist Steve Smith has his hands full. His specialty comes from years of practice.

Letter From Paris: Books with French Twists

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beth Arnold

Sorbonne Confidential is the fictionalized story of Laurel Zuckerman's actual experience working to become a teacher of English in the maddening French school system.