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#ExploreFrance Plex’eat Shields #LouvreChezVous Oignons & Croissants

This new Twitter Ba(a)zar is dedicated to France, its famous museums, its many places of interest and some creative ‘alternatives’ (you will understand what we’re refering to soon enough). The country is not under lockdown anymore but yet it’s still impossible to come from abroad to visit it. So until everyone will able to safely travel to France again, we selected tweets allowing you to (virtually) discover the country! ...


Artist pays tribute to supermarket cashier Aïcha Issaudonene

French Artist and photographer Roger Daniel Pérez pays tribute to Aïcha Issaudonene who died from the coronavirus. The 52-years old employee had worked for almost 30 years as a cashier at Carrefour Supermarket in Saint-Denis, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris and she died on March 26 after contracting the virus. Issaudonene’s death triggered anger and shock, France was already on lockdown but many considered that supermarket workers were ...


Deerskin by Quentin Dupieux starring Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel

Jean Dujardin, again. In 2011 we published a blog post by Max Dana: Hollywood’s Golden Age is back with The Artist, and in 2012 da-eYe celebrated French silent movie The Artist after it carried off the top prize at the 2012 Academy awards. So when we heard about Deerskin, we were very excited about it: the French black comedy is written and directed by Quentin Dupieux (‘Rubber‘, ‘Reality‘) and it’s starring Academy Award ...


Le Fooding guide launches ‘Plat de résistance’ in France

Lockdown in France has been lifted today allowing non-essential shops and businesses to reopen although bars and restaurants will remain closed until further notice; they have been fully shuttered since March 15 and their owners are reeling from the shutdown (read our post about online platforms J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire). As a consequence, some of them are setting up food trucks and started takeaway services to help maintain a ...


J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire

Restaurants and bars in France have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, and even if French government is in favour of the reopening of all retail outlets once lockdown is lifted, restaurants and bars won’t reopen on May, 11… The industry is seriously threatened and some establishments are in dire situation, many owners having very low cash levels. They had to lay off their staff and put their businesses into enforced hibernation. Hopefully ...


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 ...


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 ...


Urgence Darfour, the petition and the videos

Earlier this month, we published: Urgence Darfour: take action to Stop al-Bashir! The French organization organized a launch party for its new campaign and put online the petition ‘Stop Béchir’. The launch party went well but the online petition still needs some support. The petition is addressed to UN General Secretary, Mr Ban Ki-Moon and to the heads of Security Council member states. The petition says: ‘It is estimated by UN that ...


Friday Digest: Obama, Africa, South Sudan

This is our new Friday Digest! Every Friday, this weekly news round-up gives us the occasion to share with you news from various topics: politics to arts, entertainment, media, science, sports, fun and less fun news… This digest is a list of news published this week on the Internet (Friday to Friday), selected by the Sama Team, and it is by no means exhaustive. If you want to suggest a news to be added in the next Friday Digest, contact us. ...


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 ...






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