Newsletter n°179 / French April

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Interview with Nicolas Cazalé - A Shooting Star

The Grocer's Son

Charismatic, intelligent and down to earth, are words that come to mind to describe Nicolas Cazalé. Nothing could have predicted that this young man from Pau who left his family thirteen years ago to go to Paris to become an actor would have ended up one of the most sought after young actors of his generation.


Louvre Musical Pictures

From the 4th to the 10th May

Kings Place presents the London debuts of the most gifted young musicians from the Louvre’s latest season. One pair of tickets to be won!


Accentuate your life : our way of speaking.

In French

Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand each other within a same country. Accents can represent a linguistic mosaic which enhances our language or divide citizens. So, what does your accent hide or says about you?

Gourmet Corner

Results for London's Favourite French Patisserie

Pâtisseries at Paul

You voted online for your favourite French Pâtisserie in London. Once again, Paul came top with one third of all votes followed by Apostrophe with 13% of the votes. Of course, one cannot ignore the fact that Paul has more shops in London than all the other pâtisseries put together but nevertheless, the results cannot be ignored. In third place with 10% of votes each came, Maison Blanc, Ladurée and Patisserie Valerie. What is remarkable however is that with a very small shop in the middle of Soho, Maison Bertaux 8% of all votes. For those of you who have never visited Maison Bertaux, it is worth paying them a visit. In the evening, they sometimes have a play on in what must be the smallest Theatre in London.


Francis Bacon by Francis Giacobetti

From 27th March to 15th May at Kings Place

The conventional view of Francis Bacon is that he was something of a recluse, and yet, he had a sort of a parallel life in Paris where he had a broad circle of friends, among whom was Francis Giacobetti.


Success without a degree, is it possible?

Branson, sugar and Roddick

Both France and Great Britain are to a certain extent, elitist nations. Faced with this reality and this growing gap between classes the French government becomes more populist and makes a lot of noise about introducing a fairer system which would give everyone equal opportunity. In Britain, there is a tendency to think differently, a university degree is not the beginning and the end; success can also be obtained without it.


Tony Blair: A man to look up to?

or not

I know that writing about Tony Blair in the UK is never a good idea. And, with such a title, it is clearly suicidal. Worshipped or hated, the former PM unchains extreme reactions. Last week, I attended a small conference at which Sophie Loussouarn was presenting her new book “L’Odysee politique de Tony Blair” introducing him as a major influence and model for French politicians. I therefore asked myself: is Tony Blair really the man to look up to?


Can we bank on our Governments to solve the Crisis?

Friday 15th May from 12.00 to 14.00

The Conference will be taking place at the London School of Economics (the Shaw Library) with Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Jean-Pierre Landau, Deputy Governor of the Banque de France.

The First Hundred Days of the Obama Presidency.

On 23rd April

The French Institute hosts a panel discussion with Alumni associations on "The First Hundred Days of the Obama Presidency". Sure to be a heated debate.


Muriel ou le temps d'un retour

Out now

Alain Resnais' masterpiece "Muriel ou le temps d'un retour" is for the first time available on DVD in the UK. £19.99

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Play with France in London!

DVDs, cinema, theatre and concert tickets... Discover all the competitions of France in London! Time has come to play and win!




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