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Win Big in the Delta Air Lines Raffle  

In celebration of Bastille Day around the world, tickets are now available for a raffle of two round-trip Main Cabin (Economy Class) tickets from Seattle to Europe on Delta-operated flights. Main Cabin seats on Delta offer a superior experience -- a higher standard of flying with the must-haves you can't get on just any airline. On the flight, there's no need to lose any shuteye -- a sleep kit featuring eyeshades and earplugs is complimentary. Raffle tickets are just $20 each with a maximum of only 250 to be sold. The winner's name will be drawn on French National Day, July 14, 2015, at the St. Honoré Boulangerie on NW Thurman. Winners need not be present for the drawing. Click
here for prize information and here for the purchase link. Merci to exclusive airlines sponsor, Delta Air Lines, for this raffle which benefits the nonprofit FACC PNW and the Alliance Française of Portland.  
Secrets to Ordering Coffee in France 
Travelers to France sometimes prepare by studying a bit of grammar or vocabulary but then find themselves stumped by the simplest of daily transactions, such as ordering a cup of coffee. Just as Europeans visiting the U.S. have difficulty with the lingo we use here to order a coffee, Americans often struggle with ordering coffee in France. To fully understand all the options, view this 4-minute online video in which a Frenchwoman delivers in rapid-fire fashion an excellent lesson on 9 ways to order coffee like a native speaker. Click here for the popular video which has had close to 40,000 views. There are a couple additional terms explored in an article on About.com - click here. If you review both sources, you'll have all the answers!  
France Pushes for Less Rudeness, More Tourism 
France's minister of foreign affairs, Laurent Fabius, recently announced a plan to increase tourism in France from 84 million tourists per year to 100 million by 2020. Part of his plan includes a campaign to urge the French to be more welcoming to visitors. The UK's Daily Guardian sums up the news in an article entitled, "Rude? Moi? France encourages citizens to be nicer to tourists" - click here for the article. For in-depth coverage in French click here for a 34-minute video of Fabius' June 11 speech and a written summary of the tourism plan's highlights.
Dreaming of Village Life in the South of France? 
Alliance member Michele Bowler-Failing has owned a beautiful home for 15 years in Châteauneuf du Pape, the fabled wine-producing village. She has several great rental weeks still available for folks to book this year - perfect for enjoying a leisurely week or two visiting nearby villages, wine tasting, market days and glorious countryside. For those wishing to consider ownership, Michele is also offering partnerships in the property. For rental availabilities and last-minute discounted rates, or for information on ownership, email Michele or call 503 891-1304. More photos and details online at www.yourownfrenchhome.com. 
For Your Next Paris Visit: 11th Arrondissement 
The vibrant 11th arrondissement in Paris is one of the most densely populated urban districts of any European city and has recently  been the subject of several articles in the press. Just last Friday, Hip Paris Blog published a handy guide to visiting the area - click here for the short tutorial which includes photos. Last week as well, Frommer's published a list of 5 little-known spots to visit in Paris. One of those recommendations is to visit Belleville (in the 11th arrondissement) for "the trendiest eateries, and clientele, in the city." Want to know more about the 11th? Visit the Wikipedia page and also the Wikitravel short list of the main sites not to miss. 
 July 14 - French National Day Events (Bastille) in Multiple Venues
Quick Web Links

 Enrolling now for the summer. Call 503.223.8388.    




Some are hosted by Alliance staff, board members or other volunteers. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW, N, or Central   

St Honoré on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, July 1 & July 15

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., July 4, 11am, for B2/C1 levels (advanced) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., July 13, at 7p.m.

At Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


At Gustav's- On break for the summer; will next meet on Sept. 8, 2015.









Summer Term Now in Progress, Jobs and More 

AfClass   Classes Now Underway! As mentioned in earlier bulletins, Alliance classes are now underway for the summer. It's just the first week of classes, so late registrations are available for some classes. View the possibilities online and call the office at 503.223 8388 to inquire about openings in the classes that would be right for you. 
  Special Visitors:
The Alliance in Portland, the nation's 8th largest, will host a visit next week of two guests from the Alliance's international leadership. One is Isabelle Morieux who has oversight of the Alliance Française network in all of North America. Morieux is based in Paris at the Alliance headquarters on boulevard Raspail. Another visitor will be Jean-François Hans, who is the head of the Alliance network here in the United States (headquartered in Washington, D.C.). Bievenue!
  Job Postings in the region, where French is an asset or required:
In Eugene, a Bilingual Education Assistant is sought for the Eugene School District (must be highly proficient in French) and the University of Oregon is seeking Adjunct Instructors in French and other romance languages. Here in Portland, Mercy Corps is seeking applicants for a Senior Program Officer where French fluency is required.
  Bloomberg Business reports this week that the French government advises its citizens who visit the U.S. to refrain from "making sex jokes." Click here for the article.
  Skype Translator Preview: Skype now includes French in the languages where you can get real-time translations as you speak with a person in another language on a Skype-enabled device. The software, which enables cross-lingual communication in real-time, is currently in 'preview' (test mode) and is available for download. Click here for details.
  Bastille Day Update: As reported last  week in the Oregonian, this year's Bastille Day on July 11 will not include a Waiters Race. Longtime Alliance president Bev Voytko explains, "Our new location this year doesn't have a suitable space for a waiter's race, but will instead feature other entertainment including aerial dance, live music and educational activities for children of all ages. And of course, all visitors to Bastille Day at the Portland Art Museum will enjoy free entry to the museum's GodsFAIS 3line and Heroes exhibit."     
  French American International School Summer Camp 2015:
Sunny, fun-filled days are just around the corner! Complete camp descriptions, dates, policies and prices are all available online. FAIS has many exciting new offerings as well as some returning favorites. All registrations are made online. Camp dates are July 6 through August 4. If you have any program questions, please contact  Luc Bouveur, Summer Camp Coordinator at FAIS which is located in the Cedar Mill area of Portland.
  Perrier at St. Honoré: A recent addition to the charming outdoor seating at St. Honoré's SE Division location are some lovely Perrier umbrellas. The shaded seating is available both in the open-air courtyard and at the sidewalk seating as well. A cool glass of Perrier in the shade of the umbrellas will be just the ticket in the coming days!
  Portland Pied-a-terre for Rent: Alliance member Betsy Killian is interested in renting out her pied-a-terre near NW 23rd in the period from August 25 through November 30. It's a fully furnished one bedroom (king-size bed), with an open floor plan - perfect for one person or two. Amenities include laundry room, garage, outdoor patio and yard for al fresco dining, as well as city and garden views. $3,700 per month including utilities. Click here wine in glass for more pictures and contact Betsy at killianbetsy@yahoo.com
  Member ad: Alliance member Linda Witt is seeking a couple folks who have their server's permits from the OLCC to tend bar at a couple upcoming French-connected events later this summer. Email linda.witt@comcast.net if you can help on a volunteer or paid basis.  



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