French Corner: Discover France!

Welcome to the "French Corner", our monthly rendez-vous dedicated to French regions!
Every month you will discover a new corner of France, a city and its universities, and learn a French recipe. Through our videos, meet some French who came to live in New England!

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November 2016: Rhône-Alpes

Discover the region of the month here: Rhône-Alpes

Discover the French women of the month here: Céline Schillinger

Discover the school of the month here: Culinary Institute Paul Bocuse

October 2016: Martinique

Discover the region of the month here: Martinique

Discover the French of the Month here: Sandra Testini

Discover the French Recipe of the Month here: Codfish Fritters - Accras

September 2016: Île de France

Discover the region of the month here: Île de France

Discover the two French of the month here: Boston Accueil

Learn more about the Greater Paris here: The Grand Paris is taking a step toward the future

Summer 2016: Pays de la Loire

Discover the region of the month here: Pays de la Loire

Discover the French of the month here: Anne-Christine Rice, Lecturer at Tufts University

Discover the recipe of the month here: Beurre blanc

Discover the school of the month here: Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

June 2016: Aquitaine

Discover the region of the month here: Aquitaine

Discover the recipe of the month here: Cannelés de Bordeaux

Discover the French of the month here: Catherine Chaulet, President of Global DMC Partners

May 2016: Provence

This month, we are taking you to the astonishing region of ‪Provence‬! As you approach Provence there’s a magical moment when you finally leave the ‪north‬ behind: ‪cypresses‬ and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of ‪cicadas‬ and breathe the scent of ‪wild‬ ‎thyme‬ and ‪lavender‬. Along the highway, ‪oleanders‬ bloom against a backdrop of austere, sun-filled landscapes, the very same that inspired the Post-Impressionists... Provence is arguably one of the most irresistible region in France. It ranges from the snow-capped ‪mountains‬ of the ‪southern‬ Alps to the ‎delta‬ ‪plains‬ of the Camargue, and boasts Europe’s greatest ‪canyon‬, the Gorges du Verdon. ‪Fortified‬ towns guard its ancient borders; countless ‪villages‬ perch defensively on hilltops, such as Roussillon or Les Baux-de-Provence; and great cities like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon are full of cultural ‪glories‬. The ‪sensual‬ inducements of Provence include ‪sunshine‬, ‪food‬ and ‪wine‬ (think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas), and the heady perfumes of ‪Mediterranean‬ vegetation. No wonder it has for so long attracted the rich and famous, the artistic and reclusive, and ever-growing throngs of ‪summer‬ visitors...

Discover the region of the month here: Provence

Discover the recipe of the month here: Bouillabaisse en Chaud-Froid

Discover the university of the month here: Aix-Marseille University

Discover the French of the month here: Roland Pellenq, Senior Research Scientist at MIT & CNRS

Discover food & travel writer Marjorie Williams’ new book here: Markets of Provence

April 2016: Auvergne!

This month, we are taking you to the beautiful region of Auvergne. From Moulins to Salers this region is famous in the entire world for its ‪cheeses‬ (Bleu d’Auvergne, Salers cheese, Cantal cheese), but also for its little ‪villages‬, that are thought of to be amongst the most beautiful of ‪France‬, like Montpeyroux. ‎Auvergne‬ is a region full of ‪history,‬ packed with ‪medieval‬ castles (like the Château de Murol perched on top of a ‪basalt‬ outcrop), majestic old churches and cathedrals (think about the Cathédrale Notre Dame du Puy, a UNESCO ‪World‬ ‎Heritage‬ ‎Site‬), but also with pleasant and relaxing ‪thermal‬ cities like those that have developed in the 19th and 20th centuries around Vichy! But when you think about Auvergne, what first comes to mind is ‪nature‬: the ‪breathtaking‬ ‎eroded‬ ‎volcanoes‬, the almost perfectly round ‪crater‬ ‎lakes‬, and the ‪pyramidal‬ hilltops. And, of course, Auvergne is absolutely fantastic for ‪food‬. Just think about Aligot, Truffade, Tripoux, or a good Salers steak, and tell us you don’t want to be there immediately!

Discover the region of the month here: Auvergne

Discover the recipe of the month here: Coq Au Vin de Chanturgue

Discover the universities of the month here: Blaise Pascal University & ESC Clermont

Discover the Frenchwoman of the month here: Odile Cazenave, Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Boston University

March 2016: Good France / Goût de France

French Corner is back for a special edition in March! As we prepare to celebrate French‬ ‪‎gastronomy‬ on March 21 with the special event Goût de France / Good France, we’ve decided to present to you in video throughout the month the 7 ‎restaurants‬ and chefs participating in New England! They are joining the 1500 chefs on 5 continents who will be serving a delicious French menu that evening. Discover them below!

February 2016: Burgundy!

In this cold winter month, escape from the wind chills and imagine yourself in Burgundy! Stroll down the steep vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, dreaming of opening a bottle of 1990 Romanée-Conti while smelling in the air the lavish fumet of a creamy époisses! Return to the Medieval Times, when the region still was one of France’s most powerful Duchy, while wandering around the heavenly city of Vézelay or visiting the Romanesque Abbey of Fontenay. From Dijon, in the north, former home to the Dukes of Burgundy, and the city’s Burgundian polychrome roofs, to Mâcon in the south, closest city to the ruins of the great Abbey of Cluny and to the Rock of Solutré, of which former French President François Mitterrand used to make ritual ascents, discover a region dedicated to wine, to gastronomy — to l’art de vivre — and upon which history has left an indelible mark!

Discover the region of the month here: Burgundy

Discover the recipe of the month here: Bœuf Bourguignon with Short-Ribs and Veal Stock

Discover the universities of the month here: University of Burgundy, ESC Dijon, Agricultural and Wine-related profession College of Beaune

Discover the Frenchmen of the month here: Arnaud Fabry and Hugo Zylberberg, co-Presidents of the Harvard French Club

January 2016: France!

Who hasn’t dream to visit it? From Britanny to Provence, from Burgundy to Champagne, from Normandy to Pyrénées, not to mention the Castles of the Loire, the wine regions, the medieval towns such as Carcassone, the hike trails of Corsica, the gorgeous Alps mountains, or Paris, City of lights. This month, travel throughout France in this video celebrating our culture, patrimony and of course... gastronomy!

Discover the region of the month here: France

Discover the recipe of the month here: The Galette des rois (King’s cake)

December 2015: Alsace

For Christmas, discover the fairy of Alsace! With the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg, Alsace is one of the most enigmatic region of France! It shared border with Germany, the Rhin and its history had greatly influence this rich region in monuments, museums and history. From the Vosges mountains to cities like Mulhouse and Colmar, come and discover this picturesque region and its tradition. Alsace is a part of France with a different culture, due to the shared history with Germany so it has its own traditions and culture!

Discover the region of the month here: Alsace

Discover the recipe of the month here: Pan-seared Foie Gras, with fresh figs and port wine vinaigrette

Discover the universities of the month here: University of Strasbourg, l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and l’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (LISAA)

Discover the French of the month here: Patrick Bian, President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New-England

November 2015: Normandy

To kick off our French Corner we will take a little trip to the gorgeous Normandy region!

Immerse yourself in Normandy’s culture: its renowned museums, monuments and concert halls offer a choice broad enough to suit all tastes! Annexed by Roman legions and Viking adventurers, disputed for centuries by English and French kings, beach-head for D-Day armies, Normandy is a melting pot of peoples and languages, a cross-roads where cultures and ideas, artefacts and produce, have met and mingled, giving it a rich heritage of traditions, monuments and history. (Normandy Tourism)

Discover the region of the month here: La Normandie

Discover the recipe of the month here: La tarte aux pommes normande

Discover the universities of the month here: EM Normandie/ ESITS Caen - Caen University

Discover the French of the month here: Isabelle Estebe, Global affairs director for Dassault systemes & president of the Trade advisors of France (CCE) for New England chapter

Dernière modification : 18/11/2016

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