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Mardi Gras ‘Fat Tuesday’ in France and in the United States

Yesterday we celebrated Mardi Gras in France, as well as in several other countries. But there is a difference between the way we celebrate this day; in France the day is dedicated to children who enjoy wearing outfits of their favorite heroes or cartoon characters meanwhile in the United States, Mardi Gras is more like a Mardi Gras Carnival both kids and adults enjoy. Here is the description of Mardi Gras found on Wikipedia: The terms “Mardi ...


Actresses Annie Girardot and Jane Russell died

Annie Girardot was one of France’s most enduring, acclaimed and popular female star during the 1970s. The multiple-Cesar Award-winning actress died Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 79. Girardot was a fantastic actress whose work ranged from popular comedy to melodrama. We recall some of her roles in Claude Lelouch‘s A Man Who Pleases Me, in which she played opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo. Or Luchino Visconti‘s ...


France suspends arms sales to Egypt

Recent events in Egypt have caught the world’s attention. The ‘Egyptian Revolution’ is on the newspapers front page, on TV, on Facebook, on Twitter, everyday. Meanwhile thousand of people were filling Tahrir Square, some of them were violently beaten. Then the question about arms raised and this is when France announced three days ago it suspended arms sales to Egypt… Read the article published on CNN: France suspended the sale of ...


France win World Championships to reach London 2012

France made handball history on last Sunday as France became World Champions in Men’s Handball World Championship, 2011! We are not really into handball but most of us watched the match and we have to say we are proud of the French handball team. Unlike the French football team, handball players are humble and we didn’t hear (as of today) of any sex scandal involving a minor prostitute… Here is the article published on BBC website: ...


Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook page hacked, once again…

On Monday, we read on The Telegraph that on Sunday night, hackers managed to break into the Facebook page of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to announce he would be quitting next year. With an approval rating which has dropped below 30 per cent at times, making Sarkozy one of the most unpopular French presidents of all time; some people may have thought their dream came true but it was only a hack. According to the article published on The Telegraph: In ...


Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner by R. Varolli

This is our second rendezvous: C’est la vie in France but this time (our first post was about Films Open French Wounds From Algeria) we have selected an article about food. As prood members of the Sama (formerly Epicurean) Fraternal Society, we enjoy good food and we were happy to read on the Huffington Post: Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner by Regina Varolli. Some of you may wonder what is ‘raclette’, so here is an introduction by ...


Films Open French Wounds From Algeria by S. Erlanger

This is a new rendezvous on the Sama Gazette : each Wednesday, we will give you some news from… France! Once a week we will select a news concerning France and that we think is worth to be mentioned. As some of you may recall, the idea of bringing you news from France started last year with Why France is best place to live in world; now this is an ‘official’ rendezvous on the Sama Gazette. So for this first C’est la vie in France, ...


Twitter Sunday: Favorites Tweets @chefludo

We are serious people at the Sama Gazette, but we are also proud members of the Sama Epicurean Fraternal Society. We like good food, good atmosphere and joie de vivre. Today, this Twitter Sunday is about French Chef Ludo Lefebvre. A pretty girl named Amélie, who ate at his restaurant, told us about him and his fabulous cuisine. Since then we follow @chefludo on Twitter and his tweets have the power to cheer us up! About Chef Ludo Lefebvre (read more on ...


When smoking is like performing oral sex…

We love creative minds. We like when people are inspired. But we were baffled by the last Nonsmokers’ Rights organization campaign created by French ad agency BDDP&Fils. We all know how hard it is to quit smoking, and how harmful can be the addiction (about 30% of all cancer deaths are directly related to habitual smoking). But comparing smoking to performing oral sex is unexpected and most of all, illustrated in a very inappropriate way. As ...


Why France is best place to live in world

That is the title of a post published on CNN: ‘Why France is best place to live in world’. Bindi Dupouy is Australian, she lives in Paris and she’s married to a French man. Most of the Sama Team members live in Paris and we were very happy to read that France was voted the best place in the world to live for the fifth year in a row by International Living magazine. Let’s find out the reasons exposed in CNN’s article by ...






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