Traditions – General Info



French Tricolour

French Tricolour – History and meaning

August 21, 2018

History and meaning of the colours of the French Tricolour, the national emblem of the French Republic which was designed during the French Revolution



La Marseillaise - French Revolution

La Marseillaise – France’s national anthem

August 21, 2018

Rouget de Lisle composed La Marseillaise, France’s official anthem in 1792 and originally called it “Chant de Guerre pour l’Armée du Rhin à Strasbourg”



Coq Gaulois, emblem of France

Coq Gaulois, a French symbol

August 21, 2018

Coq Gaulois, the French rooster, an animal known for its pugnacity, courage and passion, is the uncontested symbol of France throughout the world



European Heritage Days

European Heritage Days in France

August 21, 2018

European Heritage Days, a cultural event that brings together 50 European states, and always takes place in France on the 3rd weekend of September



Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Assumption – Religious feast and public holiday

July 5, 2018

Assumption, a public day in France and a Catholic religious feast that takes place on August 15 to celebrate the ascent of Mary’s body and soul to Heaven



Driving in France

Driving in France – A few basic tips

May 23, 2018

General rules for driving in France are similar to those of most western European countries, but we’ve compiled a series of basic reminders and tips about French specific safety rules



The Macarons de Paris differ from the Macarons de Saint-Emilion

Macarons de Saint-Emilion, an Italian recipe

March 15, 2018

Macarons de Saint-Emilion are biscuits made from crushed almonds, sugar and egg whites, an ancient recipe invented in Italy and improved by the Ursuline sisters of St-Emilion in 1620



Nougat de Montelimar with almonds and pistachios

Nougat de Montelimar, a French confectionery

March 12, 2018

The nougat de Montelimar is a honey and almond-based confectionery and renowned Provençal specialty that was invented in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) during the 10th century



Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs, a pagan tradition turned Christian

March 9, 2018

Easter Eggs, a Christian tradition that take its roots in paganism, when ancient people considered eggs as the symbol of renewal, life and fecundity



Violet of Toulouse

Violet of Toulouse, a fragrant flower from Parma

February 5, 2018

The Violet of Toulouse was imported from the Italian city of Parma in the middle of the 19th century and is today the official emblem of the capital of the Occitanie region



French Fries

French fries versus Belgian fries

January 8, 2018

You all know what French fries are, but do you know the origin of their name and the country they come from, France and Belgium?



Denim

Denim, invented in Italy and initially made in France

December 18, 2017

Denim, a heavy duty cotton based fabric initially produced in the Italian port of Genoa and later improved in the city of Nîmes in Southern France


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Collegiate Notre-Dame des Pommiers Beaucaire


Beaucaire, medieval castle, town and fair

Beaucaire, a City of Art and History located along the Rhône River, once one of the wealthiest French cities renowned for its international fair

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Marais de la Seudre in Mornac


Mornac-sur-Seudre – France’s most beautiful villages

Mornac-sur-Seudre, former fishing and trading port in the vast estuary of the river Seudre, is today ranked among the most beautiful villages of France

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Timber framed houses and flowers in Eguisheim


Eguisheim, a world famous Alsace village

Eguisheim, a medieval city in the heart of the Alsace vineyard, one of the most beautiful villages in France and the French’s favourite village in 2013

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Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, built with the local black stone


Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette’s birthplace

Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, birthplace of Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, liberal stateman, humanist and hero of the American War of Independence

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