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London's Favourite French Film 2016

London's Favourite French Film 2016: VOTE for your Favourite French Film of the year

Vote for your favourite French film and get a chance to win a 7-night all-inclusive holiday for 2 at one of Club Med's Sun resorts, as well as a weekend stay in a fully furnished luxury studio in the heart of Bordeaux with The Luxury Travel Book, an Evidens de Beauté Extreme Cream, a 2-course meal for 2 with a glass of champagne at The Balcon and invitations to the awards night of London's Favourite French Film 2016 on 22 September 2016.

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Cinema

The Frenchwoman who invented cinema?

Most readers of France in London may well be thinking – ‘surely cinema was invented by the Lumière Brothers in 1895.” And you would be right but there is a strong case to be made that their achievement was ‘moving pictures’ and that ‘cinema’ as we know it in its all-singing, all-dancing way was the child of a little known French director Alice Guy Blaché.

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What is the meaning of a true life of luxury?

Luxury yes, but what does it really mean? You know the sort of things that most people know exist because they have seen them in films: flying to Mustique by private jet to attend a party at Mick Jagger’s, then off to a charity ball in Monaco hosted by Princess Caroline, taking a helicopter to Skibo castle for a round of golf with Nick Faldo. That sort of thing. Well I wanted to find out if there were more to it than what meets the eye. How did some people always seem to be able to get memberships to exclusive clubs when there is, allegedly, a 10-year waiting list? How were they able to get VIP passes and red carpet treatment at sold out events? And for goodness sake, how did they somehow “most of the time” manage to be seen dining with the rich and famous and still avoid having their name and pictures all over the internet?

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Primary elections Les Républicains: don’t forget the French in London! One after another, the candidates seeking selection in the centre-right’s primary elections are launching their campaigns. Politicians are travelling throughout... more
French cinema Ladies... action! Times are changing in French cinema, and women are getting to shout ‘action’ at last! Jon Davies, who teaches French cinema at Morley College, explains the evolution... more
 
European Union The unravelling of ever closer Union? A year ago, the EU was on a rocky path: in the midst of the Greek crisis, where it was accused of enforcing aggressive austerity measures, the cracks were starting to... more
European Union Sarkozy's New Europe French Londoners gathered en masse at Last week's Les Republicains conference. Still awaiting the conference’s featured speaker, hundreds - if not a thousand or... more
 
History The London Transport Museum commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme On 1 July 1916, the bloodiest battle of the First Word War started: the Battle of the Somme. More than 1 million casualties, including 442,000 dead or missing, and... more
Idiom Using these French idioms is a piece of cake ! The French are well known to be the world's best cooks. Duck confit, choucroute, crêpes, macarons, they are “bons-vivants”. They love food so much that even when... more
 
Documentary Bernard-Henri Lévy, Peshmerga and pathos Bernard-Henri Lévy is like Marmite: he is as fascinating as he is irritating. The French are divided about whether they love or hate the speeches and attitude of this... more
French Gig in London Christine and the Queens in concert on 2 November at the O2 Academy Brixton, London SOLD OUT Christine and the Queens will be performing at the O2 Academy in Brixton in london. Her last concerts sold out quickly so book your tickets now! more