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The Braille Legacy – “A major new musical inspired by the story of Louis Braille”

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The Braille Legacy – “A major new musical inspired by the story of Louis Braille”

My tête à tête with Sébastien Lancrenon the man behind The Braille Legacy: a brand new show about to be launched in a few days' time in London. A must see show worthy of the biggest stages in the world.

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Tête à Tête avec Julien Clerc Tête à Tête avec Julien Clerc Julien Clerc will come back to London on 8 May 2013 for an exceptional concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. Top of the charts for more than 40 years, the singer of "Ma Préférence" t (...) more
 
Jean-Paul Belmondo at 80: a Career in 10 Movies Jean-Paul Belmondo at 80: a Career in 10 Movies Pierrot le Fou turned 80. In sixty years, the favourite actor of the French New Wave worked with France's most famous directors, such as Godard, Truffaut or Melville and he is going back on set i (...) more
Book Review: En proie au temps by Sandrine Monfort Book Review: En proie au temps by Sandrine Monfort Do you like thrillers? Science Fiction? Fantasy? Philosophy? En proie au temps might just be the book you need. This techno-thriller, a new hybrid literary genre, is a real page-turner. Beware! more
 
Interview with Kristin Scott Thomas & François Ozon Interview with Kristin Scott Thomas & François Ozon Kristin Scott Thomas's love-hate relationship with cinema and François Ozon's manipulative guilty pleasures : sneak into the voyeuristic universe of their latest film, In The House, before (...) more
Top 10 French Male New Comers Top 10 French Male New Comers Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo or Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil and now Vincent Cassel, Jean Dujardin and Omar Sy: Surely by now, you are familiar with all these great names in French cinem (...) more
 
Top 10 New French Actresses Top 10 New French Actresses Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Huppert or Sophie Marceau, Juliette Binoche, Laetitia Casta and now Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou: surely by now, you are familiar with these great na (...) more
M unveils new album "Il" in a euphoric atmosphere M unveils new album "Il" in a euphoric atmosphere Two years after his concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire, M enchanted London once again on 4 and 5 March 2013, whilst presenting his new album "Il". more
 
Amour gets the Best Foreign Movie Award at the Oscars Amour gets the Best Foreign Movie Award at the Oscars Amour has now confirmed its status as one of the great films having won the Best Foreign Film Award at the Oscars. more
Film Review: The Earrings of Madame de.. by Max Ophüls Film Review: The Earrings of Madame de.. by Max Ophüls A poignant intrigue, a beautiful use of the French language and and interesting vision of happiness, The Earrings of Madame de... by Max Ophüls is a must see classic black and white masterpiece, scre (...) more
 
Who is in line for a César? Who is in line for a César? A few days ago, Amour triumphed at the BAFTA Awards held in London, and soon it will be the French's turn to hand out their awards. On 22 February, the 38th edition of the César, presided by Jam (...) more
Book Release: The Second Footman by Jasper Barry Book Release: The Second Footman by Jasper Barry Jasper Barry's historical fiction has been release on 1st February 2013. more
 
Film Review: In The House by François Ozon Film Review: In The House by François Ozon Ozon's camera enters into a stranger's house, slowly observing a middle-class family's daily life, with a young man's voice narrating his version of reality to us. An original conc (...) more
Haneke's Amour triumphs at the BAFTA Awards Haneke's Amour triumphs at the BAFTA Awards Last year, The Artist won seven awards including Best Films: a first in the history of the BAFTAs, which until then had tended to favour Anglo-Saxon films. Although French cinema did not do as well a (...) more
 
M is back in London M is back in London Matthieu Chedid, one of the greatest singers of his generation, better know as "-M-", comes back to London with a concert to celebrate the release of his new album, Îl. The concerts will ta (...) more
Johnny Hallyday, best-paid French singer in 2012 Johnny Hallyday, best-paid French singer in 2012 Johnny Hallyday is top of the pops when it comes to his revenues. According to the French magazine Challenges, Johnny has earned more in 2012 than any other singer in France. more
 
Amour nominated for 5 Academy Awards Amour nominated for 5 Academy Awards This is not good for French Cinema. The nominations for the Oscars have just been announced and Amour of Michael Haneke is the only French film to have been nominated. Amour with Jean-Louis Trintignan (...) more
Amour - When elderliness teaches everything about love Amour - When elderliness teaches everything about love What if life was all about finding the one who will help us die with dignity? A film has rarely demystified taboos related to old age as strongly as the new chef d’oeuvre written and directed by Mi (...) more
 
French Books to read in November French Books to read in November The French Bookshop has selected 3 books for us to read in November. One of them is by Bernard Pivot, who for years ran both Apostrophes and Bouillon de culture, two of the most famous literary progra (...) more
Fallen from his book, she changes his life - The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso Fallen from his book, she changes his life - The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso The girl on paper (La fille de papier) by Guillaume Musso is now available in the UK. The most popular author writing in France today, with worldwide sales in excess of 11 million copies, is published (...) more
 
Rust and Bone Receives Best Film Award at the London Film Festival Rust and Bone Receives Best Film Award at the London Film Festival Rust and Bone directed by Jacques Audiard (A prophet) and starring the Oscar-winning-actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), received the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival last night. more
Rust and Bone Rust and Bone Rust and Bone, the new chef-oeuvre of Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, 2009) is undoubtedly one of the most powerful films of the year and might just provide Marion Cotillard, its female lead, with the cha (...) more
 
Results for London's Favourite French film 2012 Results for London's Favourite French film 2012 The Gala Evening, hosted at the Institut Français, under the patronage of the French Ambassador, saw ‘The Artist’ carry off the award as London’s Favourite French Film 2012. more
Books to read in September Books to read in September September is always a strange time of the year. Most of us will have been catching up on our reading over the summer months and we are now looking for something new to get our teeth into on the tube g (...) more
 
Bastille Day Ball 2012 Cancelled Bastille Day Ball 2012 Cancelled It is with enormous regret that we had to take the very painful decison to cancel both the Ball and the Family Day due to take place on 14th and 15th July respectfully. This has been due to the diffic (...) more
The Cannes Film Festival : The winners The Cannes Film Festival : The winners AMOUR (LOVE) directed by Michael HANEKE wins the coveted Palme d'Or. more
 
Cannes Film Festival 2012 Cannes Film Festival 2012 Find out which films are competing this year. more
Review of ELLES with Juliette Binoche Review of ELLES with Juliette Binoche Just like the eponymous publication, ELLES is a feminist film made by women for women. Under the pretext of looking into the growing phenomenon of student prostitution, this provocative Franco-Polish (...) more
 
Review of Café de Flore with Vanessa Paradis Review of Café de Flore with Vanessa Paradis After his witty and entertaining masterpiece C.R.A.Z.Y., Jean-Marc Vallé is back in town with his new work, Café de Flore. In this deeply moving film, the French-Canadian director delivers, with the (...) more
Music en français - Francophone Festival in Trafalgar Square – 17 March 2012 Music en français - Francophone Festival in Trafalgar Square – 17 March 2012 Music en français is the UK's biggest celebration of the international French Language Day, in the heart of London: Trafalgar Square. What better way to look ahead to the up coming Olympic Games (...) more
 
Results for the 37th César Award Ceremony Results for the 37th César Award Ceremony On 24 February, The acteur and film director Guillaume Canet presided over the 27th Cesar Award Ceremony and Antoine de Caunes, was his master of ceremonies. Find out who were the lucky winners. more
Dujardin Receives an Oscar for Best Actor - Dream or reality? Reality! Dujardin Receives an Oscar for Best Actor - Dream or reality? Reality! On Sunday 26th February, Jean Dujardin became the first French actor to receive an Oscar for his part in The Artist... more
 
Table Manners Table Manners Table manners are often different from country to country and it is therefore important to gain an understanding of these differences to avoid making a faux pas. more
Books to read in February Books to read in February A selection of books to read in February, including the new political essay of Jacques Attali. more
 
How much do you know about the real Jean Dujardin? How much do you know about the real Jean Dujardin? Now winner of a Golden Globe for his cinema performance in The Artist, Jean Dujardin is on the verge of global stardom. France In London puts the spotlight on Dujardin with 9 key questions. more
BHL, the august defender of human rights BHL, the august defender of human rights Black jacket, white shirt open at the neck, perfectly coiffured , Bernard-Henri Lévy spoke at a conference in London on Tuesday 12 December. Invited by Intelligence2, the French philosopher, often r (...) more
 
Books for Christmas Books for Christmas A selection of books to buy and to read for Christmas. more
The Results for London’s Favourite French Film 2011 The Results for London’s Favourite French Film 2011 Now an established annual event on the capital’s cultural scene, ‘London’s Favourite French Film’ this year celebrated its 8th consecutive year. With a huge increase in its on-line vote and a (...) more
 
Depardieu on CNN: I'm not a monster, I'm just a man who needed a pee Depardieu on CNN: I'm not a monster, I'm just a man who needed a pee Depardieu explaining again his insatiable plane urges on CNN... more
Depardieu and his insatiable plane urges Depardieu and his insatiable plane urges On 16th August, the French actor Gérard Depardieu was suddenly overcome with the urge to go to the toilet whilst on a plane to Dublin. Unfortunately, he was duly informed by an air hostess that he wo (...) more
 
A 14th July to be Proud of A 14th July to be Proud of “For the first time, London has a 14th July to be proud of!” With that comment ended a rather special Bastille Day at 1am on the 15th. It had started 7 hours earlier, with guests of all ages and n (...) more
Exhibition: Some Photographs Taken in France at Diemar/Noble Exhibition: Some Photographs Taken in France at Diemar/Noble Proust may have thought photography was shallow but more than a few of his compatriots have since proved him wrong.In honour of Bastille Day, Some Photographs Taken in France is a celebration of the n (...) more
 
Burlesque Swing Burlesque Swing The newly released Burlesque Swing mix is a brilliant medley of modern classic swing tunes. Each sultry track seems catchier than the last. more
The Princess of Montpensier: Review and interview with the delectable Gaspard Ulliel and Mélanie Thierry The Princess of Montpensier: Review and interview with the delectable Gaspard Ulliel and Mélanie Thierry Madame de Lafayette's 1622 classic novella successfully translates into a passionate period adventure in director Bertrand Tavernier's latest film. more
 
Potiche: Review and Interview with Director François Ozon Potiche: Review and Interview with Director François Ozon After the success of The Refuge and 8 Women, François Ozon is back in the UK with his latest film“Potiche" (Trophy Wife), inspired by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy's play written (...) more
Cannes 2011 : The Tree of Life, Kirsten Dunst and Jean Dujardin win top honours Cannes 2011 : The Tree of Life, Kirsten Dunst and Jean Dujardin win top honours No one can dispute this : it has been a fantastic year on the Croisette, with superb films and a wide range of glamorous stars. Here is the list of the prestigious winners who were awarded by the nine (...) more
 
Eurovision 2011 : Amaury Vassili's dream Eurovision 2011 : Amaury Vassili's dream Can 22 year-old long-haired opera star Amaury Vassili be the first French artist to win Eurovision since Marie Myriam's 'L'oiseau et l'enfant' in 1977 ? more
Books to read in May Books to read in May A selection of books to buy and to read in May, including Jacques Attali's essay Demain qui gouvernera le monde ? more
 
Weird and Wonderful Idioms Weird and Wonderful Idioms It's easy enough to wheel out a few standard GCSE French Phrases, but "Une bière et un poulet frites" will only get you so far. They say the real spirit of a language is in its idioms, (...) more
Cannes 2011 : a promising festival Cannes 2011 : a promising festival Though now in its 64th year, the Cannes festival is expected to be full of surprises and novelties this year. more
 
The best of French blogosphere The best of French blogosphere With all the buzz about blogs in the UK media, we thought it would be useful for all our dear Francophile readers (truly: you) to provide you with a selection featuring the best on the French blogosph (...) more
Review of Mc Solaar's gig at the Jazz Café and Interview Review of Mc Solaar's gig at the Jazz Café and Interview Franceinlondon was lucky enough to meet MC Solaar, a legendary French rapper praised for his lyrical brilliance, a few minutes before his gig at the Jazz Café. more
 
Top 10 : Quirkiest royal wedding souvenirs Top 10 : Quirkiest royal wedding souvenirs As the royal wedding between HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton is now behind us, it is time to buy one of the souvenirs - each tackier than the last - which have sprung up across the UK. more
Sarkozy Biopic, La Conquête, trailer unveiled ! Sarkozy Biopic, La Conquête, trailer unveiled ! The trailer of The Conquest (La Conquête), Xavier Durringer's latest film relating Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power in the five years before his election as President of France in 2007 has (...) more
 
Books to read in April Books to read in April A selection of books to buy and to read in March, including the polemic novel "Le cimetière de Prague", written by U.Eco more
France's first Lady set to take over Hollywood? France's first Lady set to take over Hollywood? France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gets her screen debut in Woody Allen's latest film "Midnight in Paris". Catch a glimpse of the sultry supermodel-turned-singer-turned-first- (...) more
 
Interview with French hip-hop band Hocus Pocus's MC 20syl Interview with French hip-hop band Hocus Pocus's MC 20syl So you want to know who the best French hip-hop band is? Then head on down to the Jazz Café in London on 9th April 2011, as Nantes-based hip-hop band Hocus Pocus will perform there. And we were luck (...) more
FranceinLondon Meets French Blues Star Tété FranceinLondon Meets French Blues Star Tété As Tété is performing in London at the French Institute on 23rd March, Franceinlondon thought it would take the opportunity to get better acquainted with the Blues-singing star. more
 
Books to read in March Books to read in March A selection of books to buy and to read in March, including the brilliant novel "Tu verras", written by N. Fargues. more
Serge Gainsbourg : 20 years after his death Serge Gainsbourg : 20 years after his death Twenty years ago, Serge Gainsbourg, one of the only artists to emerge from France who substantially challenged artistic, social and cultural norms, died of a heart attack. Franceinlondon pays tribute (...) more
 
2011 Les Victoires de la Musique (Part two) : The Results 2011 Les Victoires de la Musique (Part two) : The Results The second part of 2011 French Music Awards Ceremony 'Les Victoires de la Musique 2011' was held yesterday at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. So what's the verdict? Who are the best F (...) more
Cinematic icon Annie Girardot dies Cinematic icon Annie Girardot dies French actress and 1950s cinematic icon Annie Girardot died on Monday aged 79 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was 79. more
 
2011 Cesar: The Results 2011 Cesar: The Results Another year, another show: And what a show it was! This time the pickings have been particularly rich for the 2011 Cesar... more
CD Release : Iness Mezel 'Beyond the Trance' CD Release : Iness Mezel 'Beyond the Trance' Seven years after her previous album ‘Len’ and thirteen since her debut ‘Wefel’, Iness Mezel's latest album ‘Beyond the Trance’ is now yours to own. An album which is the sheer defini (...) more
 
2011 Césars Awards : the nominees are.... 2011 Césars Awards : the nominees are.... The glamour and creativity of French cinema will be celebrated during the 36th Annual César Awards ceremony, to be held on February 25th, 2011 by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma at th (...) more
In Close Proximity with Christian Carion In Close Proximity with Christian Carion Interview with the academy award nominated director on his latest film: "Farewell". more
 
2011 Les Victoires de la Musique (Part one) : The Results 2011 Les Victoires de la Musique (Part one) : The Results The first part of 2011 French Music Awards Ceremony 'Les Victoires de la Musique 2011' was held yesterday at the Zénith in Lille...a great opportunity for you to discover the brilliant new (...) more
The Perfect Valentine The Perfect Valentine Only a few days to go before Valentine’s day is upon us. Some will already be dreading the day, others will be looking forward to it with mounting anticipation. For many, it will be a day when their (...) more
 
CD Release: Mélanie Pain - My Name CD Release: Mélanie Pain - My Name After 5 years of non-stop touring with the bossa nova band Nouvelle Vague, Mélanie Pain is releasing her first solo album, My Name on 7th February 2011 in England. more
Books to read in February Books to read in February A selection of books to buy and to read in February, including the hilarious and polemical comic book 'L'Anti-Guide Parker' more
 
Film Review : Black Swan Film Review : Black Swan One of the main cinematographic events of the new year is the release of Darren Aronofsky's latest film Black Swan. A tremendous cast (Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis), an exciting pl (...) more
Books to read in January Books to read in January A selection of books to buy and to read in January. more
 
Books to read for Christmas Books to read for Christmas A selection of books to buy and to read for Christmas. more
The night Ben L'Oncle Soul set London on fire The night Ben L'Oncle Soul set London on fire American great soulmen Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye have an heir. He is 26, French and is pretty darned retro. His name ? Ben L'Oncle Soul ! On Monday, the Tours-born artist perform (...) more
 
Great Christmas Gift Ideas Great Christmas Gift Ideas Here are some of Franceinlondon's specially selected gift ideas: Original, beautiful quality, and no risk of losing an eye in the Christmas department store madness. What more could you ask for? more
Standing Ovation for Juliette Greco at Packed Royal Festival Hall Standing Ovation for Juliette Greco at Packed Royal Festival Hall On Sunday 19th November, Juliette Greco, one of France’s national treasures, received a standing ovation at the end of her concert at the Royal Festival Hall. This ‘Grande Dame’ of French music, (...) more
 
Play review : Krapp's Last Tape Play review : Krapp's Last Tape Thursday - theatre night. On the programme: Michael Gambon in Beckett’s Krapps’ Last Tape. This was going to be a guaranteed great night out. And so it is that, inspired by these “experts”’ (...) more
Film Review : An Ordinary Execution Film Review : An Ordinary Execution Constant suspicion and denouncement : welcome to the post-WW2 Soviet society. more
 
How to seduce a French Girl How to seduce a French Girl I am sure you have always wanted to flirt with a French girl, or at least dreamed about kissing one. Well it's time to act. A French guy is going to give you a push in this direction: take his ti (...) more
Adrift by Heitor Dhalia Adrift by Heitor Dhalia Did you know that Vincent Cassel was fluent in Portuguese? Well, he is! Not only is he fluent but he is also very convincing when he speaks it and believe you me, nothing is "lost in translation (...) more
 
CD Release. Arthur H : Mystic Rumba CD Release. Arthur H : Mystic Rumba 'Mystic Rumba” is Artur H's thirteenth studio album with 24 titles selected from last ten years of his repertoire. But more than a Best Of, this retrospective is all delivered as brand new (...) more
CD Release : Za7ie by Zazie CD Release : Za7ie by Zazie Zazie's seventh album, is an ambitious and unprecedented programme of 7 Digital 7 song EPs which are being released over a seven week period. A brainwave. more
 
CD Release : Mister Mystère by M CD Release : Mister Mystère by M Mister Mystère is the happy balance between M's ever-fascinating pop music and a newer unexplored romantic music style. Brilliant. more
CD Release. Yann Tiersen : Dust Lane CD Release. Yann Tiersen : Dust Lane Yann Tiersen's latest album “Dust Lane” will certainly surprise listeners who are only familiar with his 1990s hits and albums... more
 
Books to read in November Books to read in November A selection of books for November. more
Gotan Project : When Argentine Tango Meets French Electro Gotan Project : When Argentine Tango Meets French Electro Gotan Project's performance subtly balanced tango and electro, keeping the audience completely enthralled for almost 2 hours at the Troxy. more
 
Books to read in October Books to read in October A selection of books for October. more
Cantat's controversial return to stage Cantat's controversial return to stage Rock star Bertrand Cantat performed for the first time since his release from prison for killing his French film star girlfriend Marie Trintignant. more
 
Film review : Special Treatment Film review : Special Treatment The meeting between Alice, a high-class prostitute who has become bored with satisfying her sex-obsessed clients, and Xavier, a depressed psychoanalyst looking for paid sex, will turn their ever-worse (...) more
Concert Review : Mc Solaar's performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall Concert Review : Mc Solaar's performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall The double Victoire winning French rapper Claude M'Barali alias Mc Solaar performed in London on September 10 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. more
 
London's Favourite French Film 2010 Award Ceremony - The results London's Favourite French Film 2010 Award Ceremony - The results On the 22nd September, the results for London's Favourite French Film 2010 were finally announced during the Award Ceremony at the Ciné Lumière. more
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy : Angel or Devil ? Carla Bruni-Sarkozy : Angel or Devil ? This week, two diametrically opposite books to be published in France are making the news. They disclose Carla Bruni-Sarkzoy's hidden side and tarnish the first lady's perfect public image. (...) more
 
Enter the Void : review and interview with Gaspar Noé Enter the Void : review and interview with Gaspar Noé Enter the Void is a psychedelic trip in which the spirit of Oscar, a deceased young, small-time drug-dealer, flies over the neon-lit city of Tokyo. Sex, drugs, and parallel universes : welcome to Gasp (...) more
Claude Chabrol : Death of one of the New Wave's Founding Fathers Claude Chabrol : Death of one of the New Wave's Founding Fathers Claude Chabrol died on died on September 12 aged 80. Praised for his thrilling plots and recognized for his films’ caustic wit, this French director leaves behind a vast cinematographic heritage mad (...) more
 
It turns out one would rather be a “con” than a “schmuck” It turns out one would rather be a “con” than a “schmuck” When FranceinLondon.com found out that an American director was reworking one of the most loved French comedies ever made, “Le Diner de Cons”, our attention was obviously drawn to it. And so it is (...) more
Get On Your Bike! Get On Your Bike! The day has finally come, from 8 o'clock this morning there will be a rack of gleaming London Bikes on a street near you! more
 
Useful sentences for your holidays in France Useful sentences for your holidays in France If the last time you spoke French was in your GCSE language class, then you will need some of these simple sentences to help you get by during your holiday. more
How To Flirt In French How To Flirt In French Single and heading to France this summer? These are the sentences you’ll want to take with you. more
 
The Refuge: review and interview with François Ozon The Refuge: review and interview with François Ozon Coming out on 13th August: François Ozon's latest film "The Refuge". Read on for review and interview with the director. more
Books to read on holiday Books to read on holiday You are getting ready for your holidays and you don't know which books to take with you? Here is a selection that you might enjoy reading on the beach. more
 
"Gainsbourg"- Review and Interview with Director Joann Sfar "Gainsbourg"- Review and Interview with Director Joann Sfar A look into the fantastic new biopic of Serge Gainsbourg by first time director Joann Sfar. more
June Books- recommended by the French Bookshop June Books- recommended by the French Bookshop Check out the new books of the month for great suggestions of the latest reads. more
 
Cannes 2010: One week of diamonds, designer gowns and ridiculous glamour later, and the results are finally in! Cannes 2010: One week of diamonds, designer gowns and ridiculous glamour later, and the results are finally in! After an exhausting week of red carpets and screenings, the night everybody was waiting for finally came. Amongst the lucky winners was Juliette Always-a-contender-never-winner Binoche, who finally go (...) more
Happy Ex- Formula One Pilot Gets Hitched in Monaco during the Race Happy Ex- Formula One Pilot Gets Hitched in Monaco during the Race Bob Bondurant, of « Grand Prix » movie fame and founder of the Bob Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Arizona, USA got married on the Monaco Formula 1 circuit last Frida (...) more
 
Competition winners from 1 April to 12 May 2010 Competition winners from 1 April to 12 May 2010 Find out who won this month. more
Success without a degree, is it possible? Success without a degree, is it possible? 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 nois (...) more
 
May Books May Books This week, the French Bookshop has selected four books that cannot be more different from one another: from Jerome Kerviel, the vilified trader who lost nearly 5 billions euros when working for Societ (...) more
Origin of 1st May, Labour Day, and the French Tradition of giving some Lily of the Valley Origin of 1st May, Labour Day, and the French Tradition of giving some Lily of the Valley You may have found yourself in France on the 1st May and noticed that at every street corner someone had organised a small table and was selling lily of the valley claiming that this would bring you a (...) more
 
The 63rd Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection The 63rd Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection The Brits will be happy to learn that this year, Kristin Scott-Thomas, has been given the very demanding role of Mistress of Ceremony. Tim Burton, well known for his quirky-themed films such as Edward (...) more
Easter: Origins and Traditions Easter: Origins and Traditions Easter is approaching! I know for most of you, it will just be the perfect opportunity to eat loads of chocolate without feeling guilty for once but before stuffing yourself, do you know its origins? (...) more
 
Do you need a bluffer’s guide to the Nouvelle Vague? Do you need a bluffer’s guide to the Nouvelle Vague? The French New Wave or Nouvelle Vague is going to be a hot topic in the coming months. Indeed, we are currently celebrating its 50th birthday and films of that period are simply everywhere. It is impo (...) more
April Books April Books This month, history is definitely flavour of the month with the 70th anniversary of the 18th June 1940 approaching. Discover some of the books which might capture your imagination and make you discove (...) more
 
French Books to Read in March French Books to Read in March Six books selected for you by the French Bookshop. more
Boring French Classics...Think again Boring French Classics...Think again It is not always easy to get into French literary classics. Especially if you were traumatised by your French lessons at school by some sadistic teacher who made each class a misery by making you stud (...) more
 
2010 Oscars - The Winners 2010 Oscars - The Winners The 82nd Academy Awards better known as the Oscars took place last night at the Kodak Theatre in LA. Gorgeous actresses and handsome actors, film directors and producers, designers and music writers a (...) more
Books for Valentine's Day Books for Valentine's Day Six wonderful books to offer on Valentin's Day. more
 
The origins of Valentine's Day The origins of Valentine's Day On 14th February, we will be - if we are one of the lucky ones - celebrating Valentine's Day. But do you know its origins? more
This Month's Selection by the French Bookshop This Month's Selection by the French Bookshop Novels, essays and recipes are all part of this list of books that the French Bookshop recommends this month. more
 
French Music ends on a high in 2009 French Music ends on a high in 2009 French music finished on a high in 2009 with news that live French concerts in the UK had gone up 18% on 2008... more
“Français of the Year” 2009 - The Winners “Français of the Year” 2009 - The Winners The winners of the third edition of the “Français of the Year” awards were uncovered on 17th December at an exclusive awards ceremony held at the the Maison du Languedoc Roussillon in Cavendish S (...) more
 
Beautiful French Books to Offer for Christmas Beautiful French Books to Offer for Christmas A fine collection of books to offer for Christmas. more
French and British etiquette: How to avoid the faux pas? French and British etiquette: How to avoid the faux pas? French and British social codes are not always the same. Who on earth would want to behave inappropriately when crossing the Channel, do you? When it comes to French or British etiquette it is worth k (...) more
 
November Books and Christmas Present Ideas November Books and Christmas Present Ideas Once more, the French Bookshop makes us discover a selection of books for us to enjoy. more
The London Film Festival - A Prophet Wins Best Film Award The London Film Festival - A Prophet Wins Best Film Award Jacques Audiard's A Prophet wins the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival. Find out more. more
 
October Book Selection October Book Selection A wide selection of books for you to read as a personal treat or as a gift for others. more
Books to read in September Books to read in September A selection of books to make you forget that the summer is nearly over. more
 
14th July Celebrations 14th July Celebrations Bastille Day is approaching: the only day when we French not only have an excuse, but a duty to party is, once again, upon us! more
July 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop July 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop Discover a new selection of French books which have recently arrived at the French Bookshop. more
 
14th July in London 14th July in London For those of you who feel that a 14th July is not a 14th July if you are not amongst other French people dancing along to the old favourite tunes, here is a list of events taking place in London over (...) more
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A french girl's diary during the london tube strike. A french girl's diary during the london tube strike. In French Only: During the last 48-hour London tube strike, a young French girl well accustomed to French strikes noted her thoughts on her experience here in London. more
June 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop June 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop You might already be thinking about books to take with you this summer on holiday. Something that you can really get into or something a little light that will not require too much brain exertion. Th (...) more
 
Interview with Diane Kruger on "Anything for her" Interview with Diane Kruger on "Anything for her" She's still only 32 and Diane Kruger has achieved more in her career than most manage to achieve in a lifetime... more
Cannes 2009: The Results – Not quite what was anticipated Cannes 2009: The Results – Not quite what was anticipated Award list and comments: the Cannes Film Festival 2009 is not quite what was anticipated. Good surprise or disappointment? more
 
Monarchy vs Republic - the dilemma Monarchy vs Republic - the dilemma In 2008, an official report from the UN encouraged Great Britain to carry out a referendum to find out if the British wanted to abolish their Monarchy to be replaced by a republic similar to the Ameri (...) more
Premiere of "The first day of the rest of your life" Premiere of "The first day of the rest of your life" The Premiere of Rémy Bezançon's new film "The first day of the rest of your life" will be taking place on 25th June during London's Favourite French Film 2009 award night, a majo (...) more
 
Box Office 2009 : a national movie in favour. Box Office 2009 : a national movie in favour. France and Great Britain pay tribute to their cinema industry by putting "Slumdog Millionnaire" and "LOL" at the top of their respective box office. more
Interview with Paul Morrison and Matthew McNulty Interview with Paul Morrison and Matthew McNulty Touching, sincere and well-acted, Little Ashes, the new film about Dali, Lorca and Bunuel's tempestuous youth, friendship and love was both deeply moving and convincing. Therefore, I was extremel (...) more
 
Vinyan Vinyan Devastated by the loss of their son, Joshua, in the tsunami of 2004, Paul (Rufus Sewell –The Illusionist) and Jeanne Belhmer (Emmanuelle Béart - 8 Femmes) have remained in Thailand. Since his body (...) more
London Season VS French Circuit London Season VS French Circuit The English Season is just about to begin. It is true that it is not what it used to be at the time of the 'Bal des Débutantes' but still, there are still a number of major events which hav (...) more
 
0SS 117, rebels against the politically correct. 0SS 117, rebels against the politically correct. After the international succes of Quantum of Solace, it is the turn of the French secret agent, OSS 117, to explode the number of cinema entries in France with the latest 'Rio ne répond plus� (...) more
May 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop May 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop What about lying on the grass and reading one of the books the French Bookshop has selected for you? May day, May day, you might actually enjoy it! more
 
Little Ashes Little Ashes Much ink is about to be spilled over this controversial film about Dali, Lorca and Bunuel's tempestuous youth, friendship and love... UK release is planned for 8th May. more
April 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop April 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop Discover a selection of newly released French books available at the French Bookshop. more
 
Accentuate your life : our way of speaking. Accentuate your life : our way of speaking. Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand each other in the same country. Accents can represent a linguistic mosaic which enhances our language or divide citizens. So, what does your accent hide or (...) more
Interview with Nicolas Cazalé - A Shooting Star Interview with Nicolas Cazalé - A Shooting Star 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 (...) more
 
Was 1958 the year of the last Débutantes? Was 1958 the year of the last Débutantes? Are you proficient in the art of the perfect curtsey? Kensington Palace is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last Court presentation (1958): This journey into the annual agenda of the (...) more
Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84 Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84 Three times Oscar winner, Maurice Jarre dies in his sleep. He is one of the greatest film score writers of all time. more
 
Alain Bashung dies of lung cancer Alain Bashung dies of lung cancer France mourns one of its best music artists: French crooner Alain Bashung, 61, died of lung cancer on Saturday 14th March. Alain Bashung had been ruling the French rock scene since the 1980s with an i (...) more
CinéMoi: the first and only TV channel dedicated to French film is here and now on air! Sky Channel 839 CinéMoi: the first and only TV channel dedicated to French film is here and now on air! Sky Channel 839 French movies are magical; they never lose their ability to enchant. No other national cinema has had such an influence on the art form of film. Here at CinéMoi we have forged relationships with lead (...) more
 
Experience the gravity with Ayo Experience the gravity with Ayo Ayo is a woman just like me. At least that is what she told me… Well, I have my doubts on the subject which might not be the same as hers. With half a million of her first opus "Joyful" so (...) more
Can culture be the solution to the financial crisis? Can culture be the solution to the financial crisis? Sold out exhibitions, concerts and theatre plays, full cinemas… the less we can say is that not all have been affected by the Credit Crunch in the same way! Cultural sectors get remarkably high admi (...) more
 
March 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop March 2009 Book selection by the French Bookshop Discover a selection of newly released books at the French Bookshop. more
Victoires de la Musique 2009: When one generation meets another... Victoires de la Musique 2009: When one generation meets another... Last year, the great winners were Vanessa Paradis and Renan Luce, obviously, this time, they are Alain Bashung, Camille and Julien Doré. Let's sum up the prize list! more
 
Césars 2009 - Séraphine wipes the board clean with 7 Césars Césars 2009 - Séraphine wipes the board clean with 7 Césars Mesrine with 10 nominations only received three Césars in the end: for best film, best actor and best sound. Séraphine, however, wiped the board clean with 7 Césars against 8 nominations. The other (...) more
Meeting with an icon: Jane Birkin Meeting with an icon: Jane Birkin Last week I met Jane Birkin to speak to her about her new album “Enfants d’Hiver” and her recent show in London (which took place on 21st February at the Barbican). Her new album is made-up of t (...) more
 
Don't take yourselves too seriously Frenchies! Don't take yourselves too seriously Frenchies! Forget the cliché about uptight British people… The truth is they are much funnier than the French! Do you want to know why? more
February 2009 Book Selection by the French Bookshop February 2009 Book Selection by the French Bookshop February is the perfect time for reading whilst watching snow falling and get cosy by the fire! Discover this month selection by the French Bookshop. more
 
Ici Londres turned 10! Ici Londres turned 10! Ici-Londres, one of the French community magazines, specialised in classified advertising turned 10 this month! Its team celebrated its 10th birthday with a bang on 29th February at the French Institu (...) more
Alcohol and teens: a bad mixture Alcohol and teens: a bad mixture As a French girl living in London, I was quite surprised to see so many teens hanging around the streets of London on Friday and Saturday nights, completely drunk. It made me wonder- do British " (...) more
 
Lol Lol Discover our review of Lisa Azuelos's (Comme t'y es Belle) new film starring Sophie Marceau, "Lol". more
Play with France in London! 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! more
 
Jean-Paul Belmondo is back! Jean-Paul Belmondo is back! Surprisingly, after 8 years of absence because of a stroke, Jean-Paul Belmondo is back on French screens. In “Un homme et son chien”, by Francis Huster, he is Charles, an old man, rejected by ever (...) more
Césars 2009: And the nominees are... Césars 2009: And the nominees are... After the announcement of the nominees for the Oscars 2009, it is the turn of French cinema. The official selection for the Césars 2009 was revealed on 23rd January. Three films clearly lead the fiel (...) more
 
Victoires de la Musique 2009: The Best of the French Musical Scene? Victoires de la Musique 2009: The Best of the French Musical Scene? February is definitely a time for music. In fact, major musical awards are about to take place on both sides of the Channel: the perfect opportunity to weigh up the situation and to be perfectly up to (...) more
Paris 36 Paris 36 A ‘feel good’ film for those who think that French cinema is only good at making you miserable. more
 
The “Godfather” of French cinema, Claude Berri, dies The “Godfather” of French cinema, Claude Berri, dies The French cinema has just lost one of its pillars. The successful director and producer Claude Berri passed away in a Paris hospital on Monday 12th January, aged 74. more
Why the France Show (what used to be called the Vive La France Show) should be scrapped. Why the France Show (what used to be called the Vive La France Show) should be scrapped. Over the years, this show has become more and more out dated and a clear example of poor taste. Yes, people were flocking there thanks to the free ticket offer. But what a disappointment! If you think (...) more
 
Catherine Deneuve reopens a revamped Ciné Lumière Catherine Deneuve reopens a revamped Ciné Lumière On Friday 9th January, Catherine Deneuve was at the Ciné Lumière for its re-opening after 6 months of building work. more
A Christmas Tale A Christmas Tale A superb family portrait, both dark and acidly funny, an outstanding cast and an extraordinary staging: The last masterpiece of Arnaud Despleschin and official selection of Cannes Festival 2008 " (...) more
 
Burns night in London: Let’s party the Scottish way! Burns night in London: Let’s party the Scottish way! Prepare yourselves: On 25th January, London will turn Scottish for the night. Ideas to go out, traditional recipes... France in London helps you to spend the perfect Burns Night. And for the French wh (...) more
January 2009 book selection by the French Bookshop January 2009 book selection by the French Bookshop Read more in French is one of your New Year's resolutions. Indeed this could be an excellent one. The French Bookshop helps you to choose in the middle of this labyrinth. Let's discover the (...) more
 
To detox or not to detox, that is the question. To detox or not to detox, that is the question. Hurrah! 2009 is finally here! Unfortunately, ushering in the New Year doesn't end with Champagne and kisses. Oh no, inevitably the next bit is not quite so joyful. With a New Year come new resolu (...) more
France or UK: On which side of the Channel would you rather grow up? France or UK: On which side of the Channel would you rather grow up? A Few weeks ago Unicef reported that British children were the unhappiest in the Western World whereas France faces issues to guarantee the same chances in life to all children and speaks about penal (...) more
 
Favourite French actor and actress: The verdict Favourite French actor and actress: The verdict Do you remember? A few weeks ago we decided to compile a list of some of the most promising and internationally popular French actors and actresses, and asked you to name your favourite ones... Here (...) more
Infidelity: British gentlemen vs horny French? Infidelity: British gentlemen vs horny French? According to the latest Durex survey 39% of French men confess they have already had an affair. A much higher number than the English results. However, does this actually mean that the French are more (...) more
 
Nouvelle Vague Nouvelle Vague Once again Nouvelle Vague has set London on fire. Last week, this outstanding musical group, which gives an illuminating insight into the weird and wonderful world of New Wave in Bossa Nova style, per (...) more
Moriarty crosses the Channel: How about a little tour of Moriartyland? Moriarty crosses the Channel: How about a little tour of Moriartyland? Bohemian, artists, story-tellers, Moriarty is one of those great bands you interview with pleasure… and always with surprise. When I was lucky enough to reach Arthur Moriarty on the phone, he was st (...) more
 
Transporter 3 Transporter 3 Written and produced by Luc Besson, "Transporter 3", has all the ingredients of a classic action film: a handsome hero, villains, fast cars, violent fights… All to be taken lightly. more
Rivals Rivals Discover our review on Jacques Maillot's latest movie "Rivals" starring Guillaume Canet and François Cluzet: a subtle, intelligent, deeply-moving and surprising film. more
 
Beauty and talent: the new generation of French actresses Beauty and talent: the new generation of French actresses They are young, beautiful, and above all extremely talented. Discover the five leading actresses of the new French generation and vote for your favourite! more
Interview with Constance Amiot on Acoustic France Interview with Constance Amiot on Acoustic France Interview with French artist Constance Amiot on the release of "Acoustic France", an enchanting musical voyage to France with contemporary songs by leading singer-songwriters. more
 
Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Cassel, Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Kassovitz: Who do you prefer? Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Cassel, Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Kassovitz: Who do you prefer? French male actors and directors are becoming increasingly popular away from France.It was high time we examined why. We have compiled a list of some of the most promising, and ask you which you prefe (...) more
The Rocking New French Musical Scene The Rocking New French Musical Scene French music is crossing borders. Until recenly, few people knew anything about French Rock. John Lennon once famously said "French Rock is like English wine". One should assume this was not (...) more
 
Let's Talk About the Rain - Our review Let's Talk About the Rain - Our review The Bacri-Jaoui duo has once again succeeded in giving us something to talk about.Their new film glimpses at the lives of the Villanova family members. Their struggle and their 'everyday humiliat (...) more
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Beyonce less cool than Carla Bruni? Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Beyonce less cool than Carla Bruni? Brits have voted Carla Bruni the coolest personality of the year according to a survey carried out by Virgin Media. Surprising in a way because she's not so cool in France. more
 
France-United Kingdom: best of friends or best enemies? France-United Kingdom: best of friends or best enemies? France and Britain have what it takes to be the best friends in the world. However, there are still people who seem to have difficulties forgetting some old rivalries... more
November Book Selection by the French Bookshop November Book Selection by the French Bookshop A warm drink by the fire and a good book is all one needs to relax when the weather is bitterly cold. The French Bookshop has put together a selection of books to pick from. more
 
British Wedding vs Mariage français British Wedding vs Mariage français If you’re French and invited to an English wedding, you may have some surprises, and vice and versa. Different dress code, food, length of the reception… France in London gives you an overview of (...) more
Jacques Mesrine: the French Robin Hood or just a shameless gangster? Jacques Mesrine: the French Robin Hood or just a shameless gangster? France's former public enemy number one is back! "Death Instinct", the movie devoted to Jacques Mesrine, starring Vincent Cassel and Gérard Depardieu was released on 22nd October in Fr (...) more
 
The new French musical scene : Electro The new French musical scene : Electro French music crosses borders now, let France in London guide you! First, electro: Everybody knows the French Touch, this new electro wave lead by French DJs and especially Ed Banger's records. Le (...) more
La Vie d'Artiste La Vie d'Artiste The first feature film directed by Marc Fitoussi is a pleasant comedy which unfortunately never really manages to take off. A great pity, because there are some fantastic elements to it. more
 
A Simple Heart A Simple Heart For her first movie, Marion Lainé chooses to adapt the famous Flaubert novel, "A simple heart". This masterpiece of French literature follows the experiences of a maid in a Normandy househo (...) more
Parc, by Arnaud des Pallières Parc, by Arnaud des Pallières Inspired by the 1969 novel "Bullet Park" written by John Cheever, Parc, by Arnaud des Pallières is a strange and singular film. The kind you'll love or hate, but nothing in between is (...) more
 
Sister Emmanuelle dies aged 99: Tribute Sister Emmanuelle dies aged 99: Tribute Sister Emmanuelle was a nun who spent most of her life helping people in Cairo's shantytowns, who was also known for her unorthodox religious views, her strong personality and her deep commitment (...) more
La Belle Personne La Belle Personne Discover France In London's review on Christophe Honoré latest movie " La Belle Personne": A must-see which cannot leave you indifferent. more
 
Shhhht, that's taboo! Shhhht, that's taboo! What is Taboo in France might not be in England and vice and versa. So, here are a few little differences which could perhaps be useful to know in order to avoid putting your big foot in it. more
Actor Guillaume Depardieu dies aged 37 Actor Guillaume Depardieu dies aged 37 The son of French movie-star Gérard Depardieu has died on 13th October from complication linked to a sudden case of pneumonia. A tragic end to a very turbulent life. more
 
Interview with Arnaud Desplechin on "A Christmas Tale" Interview with Arnaud Desplechin on "A Christmas Tale" Interview with Arnaud Desplechin on his latest masterpiece, "A Christmas Tale". more
Is the French obsession with "cultural exception" declining? Is the French obsession with "cultural exception" declining? It seems that the French obsession with "cultural exception" is getting softer as French people are relaxing their hostility toward the English language. And yet this was not a safe bet! more
 
Interview with Kristin Scott Thomas on "I've loved you so long" Interview with Kristin Scott Thomas on "I've loved you so long" Interview with the almost French actress Kristin Scott Thomas on her wonderful performance in "I've loved you so long". more
I've loved you so long I've loved you so long France In London's review on Philippe Claudel's forthcoming film: "I've loved you so long". On General release from 26th September. more
 
September Book Selection by the French Bookshop September Book Selection by the French Bookshop Why not read some of the books selected by the French Bookshop to ease your way back into real life after a well deserved holiday? more
Interview with Cédric Klapisch on his new movie "Paris" Interview with Cédric Klapisch on his new movie "Paris" Cédric Klapisch gives us an insight into the production of his beautiful new movie:“An Ephemeral Portrait of an Eternal City”. more
 
July Book Selection by the French Bookshop July Book Selection by the French Bookshop From novel to essais, from recipe books to children's book, this month's selection is wide and varied with something for everyone. more
London's Favourite French Film 2008 - The Results London's Favourite French Film 2008 - The Results Discover the elected films, the free prize draw winners and hear about Lorraine Levy's New Film, Mes Amis Mes Amours based on Marc Levy's best-seller. more
 
May Book Selection May Book Selection Discover the selection of books made by the French Bookshop in South Kensington. Robert Zaigue, has created a very comprehensive list with something for everyone. more
Sporting Events Sporting Events Only another few weeks till the Olympic Games are upon us. Find out more about the French teams and athletes. more
 
Persepolis Persepolis Discover France In London's review on the must-see film this spring, 'Persepolis', by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. more
April  Book Selection April Book Selection Discover the selection of books made by the French Bookshop in South Kensington. Robert Zaigue, has created a very comprehensive list with something for everyone. more
 
Mister Lonely: Interview with actor Denis Lavant Mister Lonely: Interview with actor Denis Lavant Mister Lonely, the latest film by director Harmony Korine is now shown throughout the UK. Read our review and interview with French actor Denis Lavant. more
Great performance from Gad at the Hammersmith Apollo Great performance from Gad at the Hammersmith Apollo After months of waiting, Gad finally showed up at the Hammersmith Apollo to give us one of his best performances ever. Read more about his new show. more
 
Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis After only two weeks of screening in France, ‘Bienvenue chez les ch’tis’ has already seduced over 9 million cinemagoers. to have an idea before the official UK release on 1st April, discover the (...) more
Marion Cotillard wins the Oscar for Best Actress Marion Cotillard wins the Oscar for Best Actress French actress Marion Cotillard was named, this Sunday 24th February at the Academy Award ceremony, best actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. more
 
Book Selection March 2008 Book Selection March 2008 Discover a selection of newly released books at the French Bookshop. more
Asterix at the Olympic Games Asterix at the Olympic Games Discover our review of newly released 'Asterix at the Olympic Games' more
 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Interview with director Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Interview with director Julian Schnabel Interview with film director Julian Schnabel following the release of his movie 'The diving Bell and the Butterfly', the adaptation of the incredible book by 'Elle' editor in chief (...) more
Eastern Promises - Interview with Vincent Cassel Eastern Promises - Interview with Vincent Cassel Patricia Connell interviews Vincent Cassel at the Soho Hotel in London about his latest film: Eastern Promises. Organised crime has been covered on many occasions but this is not just any organised (...) more
 
London's Favourite French Film 2007 - The Results London's Favourite French Film 2007 - The Results All you need to know about the Award Ceremony of London's Favourite French Film 2007 held on 13th September at the French Institute: the gala evening and of course the results. 1. The Chorus ( (...) more
The Tour de France: Ready, steady…partez! The Tour de France: Ready, steady…partez! Last weekend was by far London’s busiest weekend of the year with the “Grand depart” of the Tour de France which for the first the time ever started from the British capital. On this occasion, (...) more
 
Renaud's outstanding Performance at the Shepherd's Bush Empire Renaud's outstanding Performance at the Shepherd's Bush Empire more
Molière Molière Laurent Tirard’s sumptuous and seductive comedy, MOLIERE, starring Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) in the title role, will open across the UK on July 13 more
 
Le tour de France 2007 Le tour de France 2007 The Tour de France will start from London in 2007. The Capital will welcome around 200 of the world’s best cyclists to battle on the streets of London for the legendary yellow jersey. Events will ta (...) more
Music Day 2007 Music Day 2007 This is the third edition of Exhibition Road Music Day, London's home of international Fête de la Musique, a one day of free music taking place on Thursday 21st June in and around the Cultural a (...) more
 
London's Favourite French Film 2007 London's Favourite French Film 2007 Until 31st July, you can vote online for the films that have captivated you in the last 5 years. In order to help you, we have listed the films that have come out in London during this period.What (...) more
Tell No one Tell No one French thriller re-invented. One of the best thriller seen in a long time. We saw it and we loved it. Must be seen. more
 
The 23rd French President... The 23rd French President... Will Sarkozy be able to change the future of France? Will the French give him the majority in the Assembly that he needs to be able to implement the changes he has promised his followers? more
International French Tennis Tournaments International French Tennis Tournaments more
 
The Cannes Films Festival 2007 The Cannes Films Festival 2007 For its 60th Anniversary, the Cannes Festival was sure to be better than ever before. Glamour and beauty were of course essential ingredients for its success. more
Interview with Dany Boon Interview with Dany Boon Dany Boon is receiving in his suite and that’s where I meet him. He is promoting his latest film: ‘My Best Friend’. In it he has the part of a taxi driver who is a really nice guy and who lives (...) more
 
And the winner is... And the winner is... Nicolas Sarkozy has won the French presidential elections with 53.06% against 46.94% for Segolene Royal. His job as 6th President of the 5th republique will start on 16th May when he appoints his Prim (...) more
Books Selection May 2007 Books Selection May 2007 Le narrateur de Pierre Charras trace le portrait de son père, né en 1911. Avec des mots justes et simples, il ressuscite les cartes postales nostalgiques d'un bonheur familial fragile. Il se la (...) more
 
French election : first round results French election : first round results Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal will face each other in a run-off vote in two weeks time on Sunday 6th May. more
Cultural Identity Cultural Identity It has been said that London was selected for the Olympic Games 2012 because, as ‘the most international city in the world, it offered a world games fit for an age of globalisation.’ According to (...) more
 
Vote par procuration pour les Français de Londres Vote par procuration pour les Français de Londres You want to vote for the next French presidential elections but you know that you might be away at that time. What are your options and how can you do it? Want to watch the results live on a big sc (...) more
April 2007 Book selection April 2007 Book selection 2 femmes, 1 homme… 3 personnages confient leur vison de la vie, du mariage ; Inonka, l’épouse amoureuse trahie, Peter, le mari lucide et fuyant, digne représentant de la bourgeoisie hongroise (...) more
 
French Film Festival in Great Britain 2007 French Film Festival in Great Britain 2007 From 20th April to 4th May 2007 enjoy more than 20 French films in London during the French Film Festival UK 2007 more
Renoir Landscapes Renoir Landscapes Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted landscapes throughout his life. However, during the first two decades of his long career they constituted an especially important area of experimentation for (...) more
 
Chirac’s Au revoir Chirac’s Au revoir President Jacques Chirac has finally announced Sunday that he will not be seeking re-election on 22nd April. more
Sidcup and Arleux-en-Gohelle Twinning Sidcup and Arleux-en-Gohelle Twinning First World War memory lives on and initiates twinning between Sidcup and Arleux-en-Gohelle more
 
March 2007 book selection March 2007 book selection 1963 : la famille de Leïla vient de rejoindre le père, ouvrier des usines Renault à Billancourt. Dans ses montagnes de Kabylie, Leïla attendait cet instant depuis toujours. La France, vue de là-b (...) more
Nicolas Sarkozy in London Nicolas Sarkozy in London Nicolas Sarkozy was in London on 30th January both to meet Tony Blair and in the hope of securing the expats’ votes. Indeed, there was no shortage of interest on their part. Thousands of London’s (...) more
 
February 2007 book selection February 2007 book selection De l'autre côté de la Manche, le temps s'arrête à 17 heures pour le thé. Pas seulement une tasse de Earl Grey et un nuage de lait, mais aussi des cakes et des biscuits, des sandwichs et (...) more
Public meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy Public meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy Public meeting in London with Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday 30th January at the Old Billingsgate Market. Unique opportunity to see one of the canditates for the next French presidential elections. What a (...) more
 
Dany Boon in London Dany Boon in London After Gad Elmaleh, Dany Boon was in London for one night only on 27th January 2007. One cannot help compare the two. What is the verdict? Should Dany Boon stick to acting? Does he have Gad's c (...) more
Paris at the Movies Paris at the Movies Ciné lumière's three-week programme of Paris-set film comprises films from different eras and genres, and includes several screenings of silent films with live accompaniment, and special eveni (...) more
 
Ridicule Ridicule Second Sight is delighted to announce the release of multi-award-winning film Ridicule from one of France’s most acclaimed directors Patrice Leconte. It will be released on DVD courtesy of Second Si (...) more
Crazy Horse, Le show Crazy Horse, Le show For more than 50 years, the Crazy Horse in Paris has been one of the world’s most glamorous and exciting nightspots, the centre of cabaret and burlesque performances in the most sensual city in the (...) more
 
Vive La France 2007 Vive La France 2007 We were there. Where were you? When we invited our 11,000 members to meet us at our stand for a drink, we thought we would be inondated but not at all. Was it the high winds that put you off travelli (...) more
Zidane, a 21st century portrait Zidane, a 21st century portrait Acclaimed as one of the greatest football films ever made, “ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT” is a unique real-time study of one of the beautiful game’s greatest icons: ZINEDINE ZIDANE. It will b (...) more
 
Halloween Halloween Obviously in London, Halloween has been going strong over the last 15 years. I still remember the days when kids used to ring at the door asking for a penny for the guy. This has now been replaced by (...) more
October 2006 book selection October 2006 book selection The French Bookshop has selected for you: Marc Levy - Mes amis mes amours Tash AW - Le tristement celebre johnny Lim Laurent Mauvignier - Dans la foule Jonathan Littell - Les Bienveillantes Yasmi (...) more
 
September 2006 book selection September 2006 book selection 3 books recommended by "Au fil des mots" bookshop - Les autres from Alice Ferney - Eldorado from Alain Gaudé - Lignes de faille from Nancy Huston - Les bienveillantes from Jonathan Litt (...) more
Review of Angel-A Review of Angel-A One of France in London's team gives her views of the film. more
 
The Arundel Festival The Arundel Festival The picturesque town of Arundel is located in coastal West Sussex 1 hour 17 minutes from London Victoria by train, and a half-hour’s drive along the coast from Brighton: the perfect day out or shor (...) more
14th July in London 14th July in London In the 25 years that I have lived in London, this was the first time ever that I decided to join in in a proper French celebration. Where else but the Bal at the French Lycée in South Kensington?! more
 
French World Cup heroes return home French World Cup heroes return home France greeted its beaten World Cup team with tears and cheers on Monday as the nation struggled to understand what prompted their midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane to head butt a player in the World C (...) more
How to recover from the World Cup blues? How to recover from the World Cup blues? Since the 9th June we have been surrounded by World Cup fever. But what are we to do now that television sets and stereos are no longer blaring out their nationalistic din? more
 
July 2006 book selection July 2006 book selection 4 books recommended by "Librairie La Page" Dimanche by Irène Némirovsky Modern solitude by Hélène Millerand L’Amante by Yann Queffelec Eloge des femmes mûres by Stephen Vizinczey (...) more
June 2006 book selection June 2006 book selection 4 books recommended by the "French Bookshop" - Les nouveaux anglais par Agnès C. Poirier - Le cercle fermé par Jonathan Coe - Au secours les anglais nous envahissent par J.A. Fralon - (...) more
 
May 2006 book selection May 2006 book selection 3 books recommended by "Au fil des mots" bookshop - Villa Amalia from Pascal Quignard - Un Coeur de trop from Brita Svit - Dans l’or du temps from Claudie Gallay </br><a href (...) more
French in Britain French in Britain Did you know that ballet is taught in French, even in England? From the age of three onwards, little girls and boys carefully learn their pliés, their soubresauts and their pas de basquee glissées (...) more
 
Interview with the director of ''Les Bonnes'' Interview with the director of ''Les Bonnes'' The FranceInLondon.com team interviewed the director of the coming play ''Les Bonnes'' from Jean Genet. See our review more
Time To Leave Time To Leave Jerome (Melvil Poupaud), a gay fashion photographer, is dying and there is no cure. Yet Ozon manages to have Jerome make peace with himself in an unexpected way. He could have fallen in all the common (...) more
 
Lemming Lemming Surreal, darkly comic and disturbing psychological thriller. Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas), a brilliant young home automation engineer, and his wife Benedicte (Charlotte Gainsbourg) having recently arri (...) more
Easter Break Easter Break Here are some great present ideas, interactive chocolate book for children, French Easter Chocolates and for adults, short break ideas. more
 
Reviews on Members Only and La Belle Hélène Reviews on Members Only and La Belle Hélène The FranceInLondon team went to see both productions: Members Only and La Belle Hélène. View our feedbacks. more
April 2006 book selection April 2006 book selection Au fil des mots offers you a great selection of the currently best French books. more
 
Gad Elmaleh in London Gad Elmaleh in London Who would have thought that 3,000 French speaking people would have gone to see this one-man-show with such enthusiasm and that two weeks before the big day, the show was totally sold out? more
French Cars French Cars Franceinlondon.com has fallen for the following cars more
 
The Results for Favourite French Shops voted by Londoners The Results for Favourite French Shops voted by Londoners You've been numerous to vote online and we thank you so much for that! Here are both results: Shops and Members! more
Oscars 2006 Oscars 2006 Congratulations to Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau for The March of the Penguins: Best documentary feature! more
 
March 2006 book selection March 2006 book selection Née à Kiev en 1903, Irène Némirowski devient une romancière renommée en France dans les années 30. En 1941,elle commence à écrire un livre qui décrit l’ampleur des difficultés de tout ord (...) more
Les Césars 2006 Les Césars 2006 Palmars 2006: Best actor: Michel Bouquet Best actress: Nathalie Baye Best film: ''De Battre mon coeur s'est arrêté'' and many more... more
 
The Beat That My Heart Skipped wins 2006 BAFTA The Beat That My Heart Skipped wins 2006 BAFTA On Sunday 19th February 2006 at the BAFTA awards, the French film ''DE BATTRE MON COEUR S'EST ARRÊTÉ'' (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) won the best film in the category � (...) more
What so special about French men? What so special about French men? Why do women find French men so attractive? Why are so many of our stars (think Jane Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg, Kylie Minogue with Olivier Martinez but also Kristin ScottThomas and Eval Longoria) b (...) more
 
February 2006 book selection February 2006 book selection Blacksad, Ame rouge Tome III de Guarnideo. Canales Editions Dargaud. Prix de la meilleure série au festival de la bd internationale, Angoulème 2006. more
Exhibitions not to be missed in Paris! Exhibitions not to be missed in Paris! Our selection of exhibitions not to be missed in Paris. more
 
January 2006 book selection January 2006 book selection This amazing diary of Gould's life deals with his everyday life: piano, concerts and adventures of a passionate pianist... more
Thierry Henry Thierry Henry All the things you expect from your team, are now captured in an exclusive new Cologne. Arsenal 1886 Cologne is a vibrant, modern scent created by a top international perfumer. more
 
 December Book selection 2005 December Book selection 2005 Christmas will come soon. So, if you do not have any gift idea, just follow the lead of the French Bookshop. They prepared you a selection of wonderful books, perfect to put under the Christmas tree. more
French should learn from British pragmatism! French should learn from British pragmatism! "French should learn from British pragmatism" by Trevor Phillips. Article from the French Newspaper LE MONDE - 11th November 2005 more
 
November Book selection November Book selection In this chronicle of a middle-class province upset by the war, the author's favourite romantic themes are revealed, such as the ambiguity of feelings, the difficulty in living and the belief that (...) more
Feedbacks on the Rugby Game Day Feedbacks on the Rugby Game Day Dimanche 30 Octobre, 12h30, grâce à France In London, mon amie et moi allons assister à un match de rugby de première importance comptant pour la Coupe d'Europe: les London Wasps recoivent Le (...) more
 
French Christmas Markets French Christmas Markets French Christmas Markets have already started in and around London! You will find there a very frenchy atmosphere: crèpes, foie gras, champagne...like if you were in France! more
October Book selection October Book selection After having been accused of killing his son and going to prison , a man returns to his village where he is confronted with a hostile reception. more
 
Onysos the Wild Onysos the Wild Deep within a New York subway station, a dirty & wrinkled tramp reveals himself as Onysos, the god of ecxtasy & desire.... more
September Book selection September Book selection Cruauté, voyeurisme, rapport humain impossible, dans le cadre d’une émission télévisée dernier cri ; voici l’atmosphère du dernier roman d’Amélie Nothomb… more
 
Why learn a Foreign Language? Why learn a Foreign Language? English is celebrated as the language of global corporate management, the Internet, youth culture and science. At the same time, there appears to be a crisis in foreign language learning amongst nat (...) more
August Book selection August Book selection Un merveilleux recueil de récits de voyages et d'expériences de vie à glisser d'urgence dans ses bagages... more
 
Feedback on First ever ''Fête de la Musique'' in London Feedback on First ever ''Fête de la Musique'' in London FranceInLondon has asked its members to give their feedback about the first ever Fête de la musique in London. The 2 best reviews were selected ...One in English and one in French. Just to be fair! more
The last Mitterrand (Le promeneur du Champs de Mars) The last Mitterrand (Le promeneur du Champs de Mars) In 1995, during his second 7-year term in office, Mitterrand (Michel Bouquet) is dying of prostate cancer. He has asked, Antoine Moreau (Jalil Lespert), a young journalist to write his memoirs. more
 
July Books July Books Four people about to commit suicide end up unexpectedly, at the same time, on the roof of a building on New Year's Eve! (...) more
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April books selection April books selection A selection of Books to read in April put together by the La Page bookshop in South Kensington. more
 
The Chorus - A film rating not really justified The Chorus - A film rating not really justified More than 8.5 million people have seen the Chorus and it has received many Bafta and Academy award nominations. Everyone from 4 to 97 has loved it and yet the British and the Americans have decided t (...) more
What to read this winter? What to read this winter? Winter: The time when the bookshelves creak under the weight of literary gifts which cover such fascinatingly depressing topics as 101 things to do before I die? or Trinny and Susannah's What no (...) more
 
A selection of books for buying in France A selection of books for buying in France As more British people are looking for a house in France, a myriad of books have appeared on the market to guide people in making choices more
'Vive la France' or is it 'Vive l'Angleterre'? 'Vive la France' or is it 'Vive l'Angleterre'? Over the last few months, the media have suddenly realised that the Brits were not the only ones leaving their country to live abroad. No, the French were doing it to... more
 
Look At Me by Agnes Jaoui Look At Me by Agnes Jaoui Lolita (Marilou Berry) is 20 years old, over-weight and under-confident. Like all 'children', she is desperate for attention and approval from her father Étienne (Jean-Pierre Bacri) who is (...) more
Selection of books by La Page Librairy Selection of books by La Page Librairy Suite française by Irène Nèmirovsky is this fall's litterary event more
 
Results for Favourite French Film voted by Londoners Results for Favourite French Film voted by Londoners Discover the results of the online vote and more... more
All on your bike on 22nd September All on your bike on 22nd September This is the day where you can really contribute to make your city a better place. more
 
Books recommended by La Page librairy Books recommended by La Page librairy Three books from Japanese authors, a fantastic thriller, two books for the young ones, and a must-have ccooking book. Come and discover them! more
One of a kind One of a kind Meet the founder of the most unusual music school in London more
 
Love if you Dare by Yann Samuell Love if you Dare by Yann Samuell more
Four-star performance at the Everyman Cinema Four-star performance at the Everyman Cinema The Hampstead picture house where the clientele feel so at home that they forget what they came for... more
 
A Tati's retrospective at the NFT in August A Tati's retrospective at the NFT in August The NFT will screen a retrospective of Jacques Tati films, including shorts and TV appearances, from 1st August 2003. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, a hit in France, .... more
Where to celebrate the 14th of July (Bastille Day) Where to celebrate the 14th of July (Bastille Day) If you feel like celebrating Bastille Day the French way, there are few choices available, but great food, music and disco dancing ...(in French) more
 
Enough is enough : fed up with parking fines abuse! Enough is enough : fed up with parking fines abuse! Do Councils really have the interest of the public in mind? more
Confidences Trop Intimes by Patrice Leconte Confidences Trop Intimes by Patrice Leconte a write-up about the film Confidences Trop Intimes by Patrice Leconte more
 
The 2004 Cannes Film Festival The 2004 Cannes Film Festival The Italian actress, Laura Morante, presented the opening ceremony. The first film shown was `La Mauvaise Education' of the Espagnol director, Pedro Almodovar. more
Not on the Lips by Alain Resnais Not on the Lips by Alain Resnais Gilberte Valandray (Sabine Azéma) married her first husband (Lambert Wilson), an American called Eric Thomson, during a stay in the US. more
 
The books of the month by La Page librairy The books of the month by La Page librairy A selection of 5 must-read books by La Page librairy more
Spring Ball in Paris Spring Ball in Paris "Paris is crazy with joy/when Spring arrives /It's the illegitimate child/The favourite/and Paris writes his name on the walls/ Spring Bal like a heart on a tree/ engraved on a stone " (...) more
 
The Rise of French Club Football? The Rise of French Club Football? Arsene Wenger, Gerard Houillier, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira might have wallowed in most of the headlines, but there is another far less celebrated Frenchman who has exerted significant influence (...) more
An interview of the directors of Dead End An interview of the directors of Dead End Dead End by Jean-Baptiste Andréa & Fabrice Canépa. It is not everyday that a truly funny and nerve-shredding film comes about. Dead end is a must if you want to see something that will keep yo (...) more
 
Les liaisons dangereuses Les liaisons dangereuses A brand new production of Christopher Hampton's award-winning play "LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES" has opened in London at the Playhouse Theatre. more
A selection of French books by the Librairy La Page A selection of French books by the Librairy La Page A challenging selection of books in French... more
 
A selection of nice books in English A selection of nice books in English Still remember your wonderful supper in a typical bistro in south of France. Can't find the recipe of the famous TarteTatin. more
A view on the French Rugby team A view on the French Rugby team In the 1999 World Cup, the French team played the most beautiful and the most memorable rugby, but came second. Four years on, in Australia... more
 
A selection of books for the Youth Festival A selection of books for the Youth Festival A selection of books from the librairy La Page. You could meet the authors and illustrators during the Youth Festival from Thursday 19th till Saturday 22nd November 2003... more
The Biography of Françoise Giroud by C.Ockrent The Biography of Françoise Giroud by C.Ockrent Following Francoise Giroud's death this year, Christine Ockrent published this biography on which they had worked together. Mme Giroud's life story is a page-turner and shows us the true &qu (...) more
 
Etre et Avoir : An exceptional film-documentary Etre et Avoir : An exceptional film-documentary Nicolas Philibert was able over the weeks he was there to capture some fascinating and also critical moments in the lives of these people and present them to us with simplicity... more
Patrice Leconte - L'Homme du Train Patrice Leconte - L'Homme du Train The film was obviously created to fit in both Johnny Hallyday (a pop star in his own right) and Jean Rochefort (a fantastic actor). However, the combination turns out to be more successful than one co (...) more
 
French football players and two 12-year-old boys French football players and two 12-year-old boys A short story about two boys, one English, the other one French, both Arsenal footballers fans more