French Corner: Discover France!
Welcome to the "French Corner", the Consulate’s monthly rendez-vous dedicated to the promotion of France’s culture and patrimony in video! Every month we will showcase a French region and introduce you to its highlights and secrets, we will appeal to your palate and culinary talents with our local recipe and finally we will spotlight France’s scientific and educational competitiveness with the presentation of local universities! Last but not least, get to meet our successful New-England expats’ with the French or francophone of the month!
Discover the two French of the month here: Boston Accueil
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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)
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
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