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French Tricolour

French Tricolour – History and meaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

French Tricolour

French Tricolour – History and meaning

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

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

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

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

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