French Morning, a weekly magazine for French expats in
the U.S., is known for its entertaining lists which are often tonque-in-cheek. Click here
for their just-published list, "45 choses que les Américains font mieux que les Français." Its introduction sets the tone, "Il y a des milliers de choses que les Américains font mieux que les Français (et l'inverse est aussi vrai). Nous avons dû nous limiter à 45. Et bien entendu, quand on taquine, c'est toujours avec amour."
Vocab note: taquiner
is to tease. Peace for Paris Concert:
At Vie de Bohème
in SE Portland on Saturday, January 9 will be a concert that will raise funds for a French nonprofit that promotes tolerance and peace. Performers will include Heather Keizur (French Jazz), Lisa Grimm from the band Zephyr (Chanson française), Kory Quinn (Americana), Karen Lovely (Blues), Dina (French Pop), Eric John Kaiser Band (Parisian Americana) and more. French wine and French food specials all night. Tickets are $15; click here
to reserve. Space Needle French Flag Makes News:
On the same trip that Jack Cowan delivered the solidarity journal (see the earlier article), he also delivered the French flag that flew over the Space Needle to officials at the Eiffel Tower. Click here
for KOMO coverage. French-Themed Holiday Gifts:
As you do your holiday gift
shopping, don't forget that Alliance members enjoy 10% discounts and other perks with a group of companies called Les Amis. These enterprises include French-themed restaurants, importers, and professional services. Check out the offers online on the Les Amis
page. Also check out the brand new holiday gift ideas from the Alliance - click here
for options on giving the gift of language for the holidays. Finally, remember that if you buy Piper Heidsieck champagne before December 31, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the French Red Cross to aid the families of victims of the November 13 attacks in Paris. Open House:
Last week's open house was well attended, with close to 40 participants. Click here
for online photos. French-Connected Entrepreneurs
and leaders in the technolog
y sector are playing key facilitator roles in the third Euro Startup weekend, slated for January 29-31 in Seattle. The event will be hosted by Amazon and sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs. For complete details visit the event website
. Timely Quote
: "Ajoutez deux lettres à Paris : c'est le paradis." The expression is by Jules Renard (1864-1910). Renard was an author whose journals featured introspection, irony, humor and nostalgia. Click here
for an online list of his most famous quotes (in French), for an interesting exercise in reading comprehension.
Last Day to Enter France-Amérique Sweepstakes: Enter online today (Dec. 15) by 8:59pm PST to win one of several prizes that will be awarded tomorrow, Dec. 16. Prizes include a trip for two to Paris, a stay in a Sofitel luxury hotel of your choice in the U.S., an Art de vivre gift set from Ladurée and beauty gifts sets from Caudalie. Free to enter; click here for the sweepstakes page.
Separate from the sweepstakes, the magazine is also offering discounts of 25% off subscriptions before 12/31. Click here
and use the code XMAS2015 to get the discount.