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Traditions - General Info

Fleur de Lys - yellow iris

Fleur de Lys – French monarchy’s emblem

The Fleur de Lys, the official emblem of the kings of France from 1150 to 1830, is not a lily but a yellow iris represented in a stylized form

garden gnomes - nains de jardin

Garden gnomes – Nains de jardin – Fun facts

Garden gnomes – nains de jardin are among the most common so-called decorative items found in French gardens, loathed by most people, worshiped by a few

Feathered animals in French colloquialisms - diving duck

Feathered animals in French colloquialisms

Here is a series of the most common and entertaining French colloquialisms related to feathered animals, along with their English translations

French food markets

French food markets – colourful and lively

Our colorful and lively French food markets are highly popular with both locals and tourists, as they are major places of commercial and social exchanges

Weather related expressions - rainbow

Weather related expressions in Colloquial French

We have compiled a series of the most common and entertaining French colloquial expressions related to weather, along with their translations

Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois – Kingcake – Origin and Recipe

The Galette des Rois is a puff pastry tart stuffed with frangipane the French traditionally served for the Epiphany on the twelfth day of Christmas

White chocolate Yule Log

Yule Log – French Bûche de Noël easy recipe

An easy and quick recipe for a traditional French Christmas Bûche de Noël or Yule Log based on a chocolate filled Swiss-roll

Christmas cookies

Christmas cookies – quick and easy recipe

French Christmas cookies are baked from basic ingredients but get their unique flavour from a variety of spices including cinnamon, clove, aniseed, ginger

Milk and white chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles recipe for Christmas

An easy-peasy recipe for home-made delicious and traditional chocolate truffles French prepare for their Christmas and New Year celebrations

How to say Stupid in French

How to say Stupid in colloquial French language

We have compiled a series of the most common and entertaining colloquial French expressions with their translations to say stupid, silly, dumb or daft

Villes et Villages Fleuris

Villes et Villages Fleuris – Basic Facts

The label Villes et Villages Fleuris aims at improving people’s quality of living via the creation of green spaces respecting environment and biodiversity

Plus beaux villages de France - Limeuil in the Dordogne

Plus Beaux Villages de France – Basic facts

Most Beautiful villages in France, a label created in 1982 to protect and promote French villages historical, cultural and architectural heritage

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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