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Champs Elysées Film Festival Starts Today!

One of our favorite film festival, the Champs-Élysées Film Festival is back for a 9th edition in 2020! Created by renowned French producer and distributor Sophie Dulac, it showcases French and American independent movies including feature and short films premieres and competitions, master classes… This year’s guests of honor are directors Stephen Frears and Edgar Wright. The festival should have been held from June 16-23 throughout theaters ...


Lockdown in France and the upper class privilege

We are always interested in how life in France is perceived by foreigners living in the country, we regularly share articles here and on Twitter on that topic. Earlier this month, we read a very good post by Paris-based reporter for The Daily Beast, Erin Zaleski titled: The ‘Let-Them-Eat-Cake’ Lockdown Diaries. The title is a direct reference to the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” commonly attributed to Queen Marie ...


Paris, a beautiful yet disturbing deserted city under lockdown

Last week we posted a news about the Eiffel Tower lighting up as a sign of solidarity with heathcare workers; this time it’s a video filmed by the Préfecture de Police of Paris and shared by Max Dana on Twitter capturing the emptiness of Paris. The City of Lights is empty quiet as streets are deserted during coronavirus lockdown. The feeling is kind of weird, to be honest… Paris is both beautiful and frightening, we are ‘at war’ ...


Eiffel Tower lights up to say ‘Merci’ to healthcare workers fighting COVID

A nationwide lockdown was imposed in France on March 16, and since then the country is facing intense surges in the need for hospital ICU beds; special trains are even used to evacuate coronavirus patients from overwhelmed hospitals to other less-affected regions to ease congestion in the wards. As healthcare workers on the front lines are in urgent need of FFP2 health masks, people across the country show their gratitude for doctors and nurses fighting ...


36 Hours in Lyon, France with Seth Sherwood

Last year, we mentioned the French city of Marseille in Marseille, a beautiful city far from any cliché. The article by Amy Wilentz was published on the New York Times. Another article recently published by the newspaper caught our attention as it was this time about another beautiful French city: Lyon. Journalist Seth Sherwood describes how he feels about Lyon and only the first sentences of his article give a great insight on his experience in the ...


French driver parks car on metro stairs

Sometimes you think some things can’t happen. It’s impossible to confuse Paris Metro for a parking garage, and yet it happened. And The Huffington Post got the whole story: The 26-year-old man, named Johan, was looking for an underground car park when he saw a sign near the Chaussee d’Antin la Fayette station in central Paris, International Business Times reports. Sky News writes the driver managed to brake before entirely descending the ...


A Sarkozy loss could plunge Europe into chaos…

Last week we published an article about Nicolas Sarkozy who decided to ban cheese from the menu at the Elysee Palace, but today no more cheese, serious talks instead. We’re talking about chaos… In a recent article by Matthew Yglesias published on Slate, the journalist writes: ‘The next crisis, however, may center on France and be much worse. In particular, incumbent President Nicholas Sarkozy has been warning French voters that electing ...


President Sarkozy Bans Cheese After Dinner

Yes, you read well: Nicolas Sarkozy has banned cheese from the menu at the Elysee Palace… You know how much we like cheese on the Sama Gazette, and maybe you remember our posts: Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner (one of Max Dana favorite dishes) or French Cheese: Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Chevre… illustrated by two great drawings by Pete Fowler. So when we read Sarkozy had banned cheese, we were chocked! The French President adheres to a ...


Mitt Romney speaks French; so ‘strange’, ‘effete’!

Apparently, France is great for Haute Couture but speaking French is not so glamour to some American politicians… A few days ago, a video posted by a liberal political-action committee called AmericanLP, featured Mitt Romney showing off his foreign language skills in a promotional video for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Wall Street Journal writes: “The Republicans openly mocked Kerry because he spoke French and even looked ...


French tech firm Atos wants to ban office e-mail

The idea may sound weird but it comes from Atos, an international information technology services company with annual 2010 pro forma revenues of EUR 8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. So the idea may not be weird after all. Here is what CNN wrote on the topic: To office workers everywhere struggling to stem the tide of messages filling their inbox, it probably sounds too good to be true. But a French tech company wants to make it a reality. ...






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