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‘Quel Amour’ is the theme for a major cultural festival opening in Marseille on Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb 2018.



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News about French Grammar!

‘The Times’ on Saturday had a fascinating article about a stand-off in the world of French linguistics which is pitting  gender-neutral campaigners against the strict traditionalists.

‘Ecriture inclusive’ has been launched to stop the masculine gender dominating written French.  It has been backed by the department for equal rights which calls the masculine ending ‘sexual tyranny’.  So, a middle dot would be included to make the word gender-neutral.  Talking about a group of friends for instance, the French call them ‘amis’ if one male is involved.  ‘Amies’ is only used when the group is all-female.  The new method would use the term ami.e.s.  (Sorry WordPress won’t let me do ‘middle-dots’ ….yet!)

Here are some other examples which I have pasted  in:

intellectuel  intellectuelle  intellectuel·le
 musicien  musicienne  musicien·ne
 représentés  représentées  représenté·e·s


Maybe it is catching on as President Macron’s En Marche party have just adopted the slogan ‘Vos député.e.s en marche’.  And apparently next year keyboards will be available with a middle-dot key.

Interested?  Read more  here: http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2017/10/07/egalite-femmes-hommes-l-ecriture-dite-inclusive-un-sujet-qui-divise_5197770_3224.html






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If you fancy a day with a difference in Avignon, the annual ‘Parcours de l’Art’ has just begun.

This trail takes visitors around 11 locations in the old town to see the work of 30 artists. It’s the 23rd time this festival has taken place and is growing in popularity. Until 22nd October.

Details and downloadable programme here: https://www.parcoursdelart.com/



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Thanks to Jane and Wendy for passing on this information about this popular event.

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Time for the annual summer break.

There’s so much happening in Provence right now with opera and art in Aix, theatre in Avignon, photography in Arles….music in the vineyards, cinema under the stars in the parks.  And then there’s the beach or lakes for a spot of swimming.

The picture above is ‘La Sieste a Saint-Tropez, Kisling avec Renée’ by Moise Kisling.  I know how Renée feels in this heat!

Have a lovely holiday and see you back here at the end of the summer.

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This coming weekend has a veritable feast for Bach lovers.  This elegant poster has all the details!

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Have you visited Ansouis?  It’s a lovely Luberon village with an 11th century chateau and Romanesque chapel.

And on Sunday, one of its vineyards, Chateau Saint-Esteve-de-Néri, owned by the Wilson family is opening its doors for a special event.  Your invitation is here: Saint Esteve ! (more…)

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