Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

CINE-SALON Premiere: Gemma Bovery  
On Wednesday, July 8, the Alliance will hold an advance screening of Gemma Bovery at Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland. The film is a romantic comedy starring Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton; click here for the trailer (the film is in English and French, with subtitles). After the film, participants will have the option to discuss the movie with Alliance staff over a glass of wine. Specially priced tickets are available exclusively through the Alliance for this private screening (merci to Living Room Theaters for sponsoring this benefit event). Click here to reserve tickets at the low price of $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Seating will be limited; reserve soon. 21 and over only. 
Raffle Tickets Are Going Quickly!  
In the previous issue we announced the raffle of two round-trip Main Cabin (Economy Class) tickets from Seattle to Europe on Delta-operated flights. The raffle tickets are going quickly - only 20 are left. Click here for prize information and here for the purchase link. Merci to exclusive airlines sponsor, Delta Air Lines. The raffle drawing will be on July 14 at 6:15pm at Saint Honoré on NW Thurman - thanks to all and best of luck!   
Rare Event with Susan Herrmann Loomis 
Susan Herrmann Loomis is an internationally-recognized expert on food and an award-winning journalist/author, with nine books to her credit. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Susan has lived in France for nearly twenty years and operates the renowned cooking school, On Rue Tatin. In August she will visit the U.S. to talk about her new book, In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France, which is ranked as the #1 new release in French cooking. You can catch her in Portland on Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30pm at Umpqua Bank Fox Tower's new event space. Join her for a presentation, book signing, appetizers and complimentary cocktails (Susan's signature Berry Thyme Sparkler Cocktail). Click here for the event flyer (a PDF), here for the event page and here for the  registration link. Presented by the FACC with support from the Alliance, Powell's, Umpqua Private Bank and Umpqua Bank Fox Tower. 
Perspectives on Plumbing 
An Alliance member recently wrote that she was off to France to deal with a flooded Paris apartment. The topic of plumbing presents unique challenges in France. First there's the problem of old plumbing in buildings that are hundreds of years old. Then over time, less-than-perfect (not to code) modifications may be made during remodeling. Click here to read an article published June 4 by Adrian Leeds, who documents her direct experience with these issues. (The link also includes apartment ads.) A vocabulary word that will be new to many readers: a sanibroyeur is a macerating toilet!
French-Connected Jobs in Pacific Northwest 
Large companies in the Pacific Northwest are seeking talent with skills in French. Starbucks in Seattle is seeking to hire for a bilingual English/French position (click here). Amazon in Seattle is seeking a Program Manager in Training & Product Readiness who is fluent in French (click here). SNC-Lavalin is seeking a recruitment advisor in Bothell, Wash., where French is an asset (click here). World Pulse Voices, a global advocacy group for empowerment of women, is seeking an Online Mobilization Lead in Portland; ability to  speak French is a plus (click here). Springfield High School near Eugene is seeking a full-time French teacher (click here). Le Monde Immersion in Portland is seeking a Lead Teacher (1st grade); native or near-native French fluency is required (click here.) 
Odds & Ends: Uber, Airbnb, Rentals & More 
Anti-Uber: The Washington Post reported on the anti-Uber taxi strikes across France; click here. ** Batum: Portland will lose its French Trailblazers player, Nic Batum, to the Hornets; click here. ** Airbnb's biggest market is in Paris, where some argue thaQuoi de neuft residents risk being displaced by its 40,000 listings in the city; click here for the story. ** Rent Controls: Adrian Leeds writes frankly and knowledgeably about the housing shortages in Paris and the latest in rent control legislation: "New laws enacted by the socialist government will control rents and cap real estate agent fees"; click here. ** Date Formats: A French Morning article covers the difference in date formats: "Pourquoi les Américains écrivent la date différemment?" - click here.

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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.









TV5MONDE July Highlights 

Watching TV5MONDE programming is a great way to tune up your listening comprehension. It's premium channel 695 in the Portland area on Comcast/Xfinity, less than $10 a month.   



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