Category Archives: French customs

French-Style Primaries

The first time I voted in the French presidential elections in 2007, there were no primaries. In 2012, the main parties held their own primaries but it was an internal vote and you had to be a party member. This … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – galette, galet, shingles, gâteau, cake, pancakes, crepes, biscuits

It’s galette des rois time again.  This is the cake used to celebrate the Epiphany in France, the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, the day on which the three kings reached Bethlehem. It has become an essential part of New … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – Ecole Normale, normal, standard, norme, norm

The first time I heard the expression école normale was when I took up a post as an assistant English teacher in Nantes many moons ago. I soon discovered that it was a teacher training college. I then heard about the école normale … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – Trêve des confiseurs

I heard a new expression on France Info this week – “l’entre deux fêtes” – which literally means “between two celebrations”, the first being Christmas and the second New Year. It’s the same construction as ‘l’entre-deux-guerres”, which is what the … Continue reading

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Great Things about Christmas in France

Phoebe from Lou Messugo –  traveller, francophile, expat, mum and foodie now living in Roquefort les Pins near Nice where she runs a gîte after many years of travelling and living in Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia – has come up with … Continue reading

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Voting in the provinces

There are no provinces in France but anything that happens outside Paris is called “en province”. In fact, France is divided first into 27 regions, including Normandie, Picardy and Brittany (our region is called Centre and not Pays de la … Continue reading

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Invited for Dessert

We haven’t seen Mr and Mrs Previous Owner for quite some time, what with moving, retirement blues, Christmas, New Year, the flu, Granada, getting over the flu and finishing the glass doors and shutters. However, we are now sufficiently en … Continue reading

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Weekly Blogger Round-Up – All About France with Lou Messugo

You are all familiar with Phoebe from Lou Messugo who lives in Nice and has often been featured in this weekly blogger round-up. Today, she is beginning a new monthly link-up focussing on posts about France from bloggers across the glob. I’ve contributed my post … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – service civil, service civique, civil service, fonction publique

France Info is by far my favourite radio station. I like it because it keeps repeating the news all day so that if you tune off at any time, the same information will soon come round again. I usually listen … Continue reading

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From Bridge to Bridge

It’s Sunday, the sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue and it’s 8°C. We can hardly believe it after the awful weather we have been having since November. We begin with pruning the roses. We have ten climbing roses … Continue reading

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