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Free Online Concert for the Francophone world with the singer Yor

Posted on 23/01/2013 | Published by Melissa

Event: Azurlingua-culture invites you: Tuesday night… did you have something planned?? Bonjour de France invites you to attend the free concert of Yor, a great French singer committed to the Francophony and the godfather of FLE Karaoke for learning French online. A replay is available for free on the Bonjour de France site so that, [...]

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The Program of the National Council of the Resistance

Posted on 13/12/2012 | Published by Melissa

During the Second World War, after the defeat and the armistice signed between Petain and Hitler, a number of political parties, trade unions, newspapers, and groups organized, spontaneously and without any coordination, the resistance to the Vichy government and Nazi troops. In mid-1943, General De Gaulle, following his Appeal of June 18th, intends to organize, [...]

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The Long Sobs, Violins of Autumn

Posted on 06/12/2012 | Published by Melissa

Accursed poet and adventurer in every sense of the word, admirer of Baudelaire, member of the National Guard during the Paris Commune. Married to Mathilde, he falls in love with Arthur Rimbaud, resulting in a turbulent passion that ends with shots from a revolver and leads to prison. Upon his release, he survives, becoming a [...]

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The Flowers of Evil

Posted on 05/12/2012 | Published by Melissa

In 1859, Charles Baudelaire wrote, “the artist, the true artist, the true poet, should not paint according to what he sees or what he feels. He should be truly faithful to his own nature.” But, for Baudelaire, man is hopelessly prisoner of original sin and the poet is among them, like the albatross when on [...]

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Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Posted on 23/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

  Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone de Beauvoir, Gallimard, 1958 This is the first volume of a comprehensive autobiography. Then come The Force of Age (1960), The Force of Circumstance (1963), and A Very Easy Death (1964). This first volume Simone de Beauvoir calls “Memoirs” because she wants to show its particular historical value. [...]

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The Commune of Paris

Posted on 21/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

Napoléon III, nicknamed Badinguet by the French, was democratically elected President of the Republic in 1848. He organized a coup d’état in 1851, proclaimed himself Emperor, and exercised dictatorial personal rule that was relaxed somewhat starting in 1859. He declared war on Prussia in July 1870. Unprepared, the war turned into a disaster, and, four months [...]

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A Dam Against the Pacific

Posted on 21/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

  A Dam Against the Pacific, Marguerite Duras, Ed. Gallimard, 1950 The title of this novel has gained strength today, ever since images of terrible waves devastating the coasts of the Pacific Ocean (surely a misnomer!) were broadcast on television. The beautiful title thus demonstrates the impotence of men against a hostile nature. But the [...]

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Under Pont Mirabeau Runs the Seine

Posted on 19/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

Polish born, Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary de Kostrowick was naturalized French under the name of Guillaume Apollinaire in 1916, ten days before being seriously wounded by shrapnel in the trenches of the war of 1914-18, which he was fighting in Nice. He died two years later during the Spanish flu epidemic. His tomb, at the [...]

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“I’m Certain of Nothing But Uncertainty.”

Posted on 16/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

  François de Montcorbier, also known as François Villon (1431-1463?), is one of the most famous European poets of the Middle Ages. In addition to his work, his turbulent life of hooliganism and debauchery contributes to his legend. Born of an unknown father, he was abandoned by his mother and raised by the canon Guillaume [...]

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The Fragonard Perfumery

Posted on 15/11/2012 | Published by Melissa

Today we’ll talk about the Fragonard perfumery, thanks to an excellent article brought to us by the publication “Bien-dire”. When you come to Azurlingua, we offer tours to the city of Grasse and its famous perfumeries, Fragonard and Galimard. Recently we began offering training for French teachers on the topic of perfume. In short, this [...]

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The colours of the French Riviera: Red and Pink!

Posted on 04/10/2012 | Published by Melissa

Today we invite Rose and Red to tell you about the French Riviera and we do it by borrowing some words from the magnificent book: “The Colours of the Riviera” published by Giletta that you can get here. RED AND PINK Scarlet, carmine, vermilion, crimson, or garnet, red is the colour of life and prestige. [...]

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Roquefort, what a cheese!

Posted on 02/10/2012 | Published by Melissa

We’re back after a few weeks break, and Azurculture returns to you with new features and especially new French-speaking contributors. But we shall say no more in order to keep the suspense… We wanted to begin this September with an article from our friends at the publishing house Bien Dire that offers magnificent newspapers which [...]

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