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The show 100% in English to find out how to fit in with Parisians by Olivier Giraud.

This one-hour comedy show pokes fun at Parisians. Surprisingly, the author is indeed French. That enables him to have a dig at his fellow citizens with a touch of tenderness and a good dose of self criticism. The comedian Olivier Giraud spent 5 years in America as restaurant manager in a 5-star hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. As soon as he came back to his native country, he decided to create an unique show 100% in English. The show draws as many French people as foreigners. What brings them together? Having a laugh at Parisians!

The show is an exploration into the Parisian way of being, highlighting the cultural differences between the French and the rest of the world !

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Parisians are unique in their behaviour, that’s why the comedian has brought all these stereotypes to light !
Do you love Paris but you think that Parisians are rude?
You’re right they are !
Are you too nice and wish to become arrogant?
Don’t wait; come along for some humorous training!
You’ll learn how to act like a real Parisian in a shop, restaurant, taxi, metro, night club and beyond! Even your intimacy with your partner will never be the same …

Within an hour you will feel as though you have spent a whole day amongst (real) Parisians. A fine performance from a comedian who is nevertheless alone on stage!

The humour of Olivier Giraud, easily accessible, has the merit of uniting French people and foreigners in the same hilarity.
The ‘How to Become Parisian’ show runs at the Théâtre des Nouveautés. It is the continuation of a great adventure that has been going on for five years between Olivier Giraud and his public, during which he has already played to 500,000 spectators.

Amusing and culturally enriching, this original show is a great little survival guide to appreciating Paris (and Parisians)!

Informations :

Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 boulevard Poissonnière, Paris 9th

  • From January 19th until 09 June 2018 & from September 29th 2018 until December 30th 2018 : 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 6pm Sunday.
  • From June 30th until September 15th : from Wednesday through Saturday 8pm

Not recommended for children under 16.

Prices :
“Carré Or”: €37
1st category: €31
2nd category: €24

What the press thinks :

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Best Theater performance in Paris !”Tripadvisor

“Worldwide audience in a packed theater”Playbill

“Learning to Be French Through Comedy !”The New York Times

“An International recognition !”Le Monde

“It’s a concentrate of the world who rushed to see the phenomenon Olivier Giraud”Le Point

“The show is a triumph”Le Figaro

“A guide to Parisian rudeness on a packed Theater”The Sydney Morning Herald

“A must see in Paris ! “ ELLE

“The audience is in tears of laughter !” Time Out

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"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud

Olivier Giraud offers a show in English on the attitudes and idiosyncrasies of Parisians: mannerisms and habits that have given th.

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As often as we try to tell ourselves that our obsession with French women is unwarranted, and that they’re just women like we are, doing the best they can to live well-rounded lives and look chic while doing so, we can’t help but feel this longing to be them. No matter how many tips we get on how to achieve their look, we know that the secret sauce is really their “no f—s given” attitude, which is not so easy to learn. So, as we work hard on caring less what people think (and thereby make them want to be us more), we thought it might be helpful to simultaneously undergo a sort of training camp for the more superficial aspects of being French. Here, our complete guide to becoming the stylish French woman of your dreams.

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"French women think in nuances, degrees of passion, shades of grey. They do not think in the absolutes of total love and utter rejection. (They don’t pick flowers and ponder love with, ‘He loves me, he loves me not.’ Rather they say, ‘He loves me a little. A lot. Passionately. Madly. Not at all. )’" Read more from our interview with the author of What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind here.

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While skimming through my photo catalog of 2011 I realized how many wonderful things I didn’t share with you all. Some date all the way back to the beginning of 2011 and some are a little more current. Walk with me… How to act frenchJane and I have this ongoing dispute where we both think we’re better at something/anything than the other…for example, we go out for a little duckpin bowling and make a little wager on who will be victorious. How to act frenchIn reality, the stakes are never pertinent. It’s more for bragging rights and ridicule. There’s this place in Fountain Square that’s called Action/Atomic duckpin bowling that a lot of us go to for beers and bowling tournaments with midget’s on the weekends. If you ever get a chance to go, walk around and check the place out… How to act french…you’ll start to realize how much history there is revolving around the place as well as the sport. How to act frenchI will say, design was done right back in the day. How to act frenchPlus, how can you not like ads like this? How to act frenchWho knew you could get a medal of valor for bowling a perfect game.

Fountain Square is on the verge of a major transformation and within the next 5 to 10 years I believe it’ll be in comparison to Mass Ave; Making Indianapolis one step closer to being a contender in the “Major City” game. Moving on… How to act french Miniature golfing is really an excuse to do something when you have no other options left. Plus, Jane beat me at duckpin bowling so I had to redeem myself in some way. Which I did. I would post more photos but let’s get serious…who really cares about fluorescent colored golf balls and windmills strategically placed to make hole 7 a difficulty rate of 9 out of 10. Next… How to act french I do a lot of promotion work for multiple promoters, djs, bands, etc. I had the pleasure of working with Indiana Jones & Crush Entertainment on something really really special at the Jazz Kitchen.

How to act frenchIf you haven’t heard of Elzhi, please find 5 minutes out of your day to take a listen and be prepared to play it out for the next month or so.

How to act frenchMy expectations were pretty high being that he was a part of Slum Village. Watching him perform with a live band made my expectations of any other hip hop artist even higher. The guy KILLED IT.

How to act frenchThere are certain events in people’s lives that open our eyes to new thoughts and perspectives…this was one of those moments. While in a trance taking it all in, I started to realize how much pull a culture can have unifying multiple races, creeds, and tastes no matter what the circumstances are. It was an amazing show and I have to thank Jones for letting me be a part of it. Let’s keep going…

How to act frenchWe all have birthdays. Some are relevant and some we pretend to ignore. I find this photo extremely ironic—on one hand you have the 30 balloon looking extremely strong and full of life floating as high as the string will allow it. On the other, you have all its younger comrades inactive, dull and depressed. As much as I feel like the 30 balloon, I’m still pretending…

How to act frenchAnd being that it is such an irrelevant number, we celebrated anyways…

How to act frenchAnd what better way than with great friend…

How to act frenchSome I don’t get to see as much as I want…

How to act frenchAnd some I’m thankful to have around daily.

How to act frenchGifts are always greatly appreciated but never do I feel comfortable accepting them. I wanted to share this one item with you all because of how much of a fanatic I am for this particular piece.

If you know me at all, you should be aware that my love for denim is somewhat sickening. It’s actually an addiction. Also, if you visit this blog once in a blue moon you should realize I love cycling. That being said, Jane really outdid herself on this one.

How to act frenchRapha is a high-end clothing & accessory line designed for cycling. They have designed a pair of jeans specifically made for city riding. I’ve been wanting these for quite some time but the price is a little steep. Comparison to the Levi Messengers or and of Cadence’s collection these are top of the line. No need for doubling around the crotch in fear of blow-out…they loomed it specifically to resist any abrasion or deterioration. By far THE BEST RIDING JEANS out on the market right now.

How to act frenchAlso added is the reflective logo up the right calf for roll up and safety precautions when riding in dim to dark conditions.

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As well as the famous Rapha Pink bindings around both seams. This is starting to become more common due to fray and the competition of selvedge, it’s just really rare to find companies doing the inseams with any type of binding. If I go on I could be a sales rep for the company but instead I’ll just post s link for more details if you’re really interested.

With so much content, I don’t want to unload it all at once so I’m going to do multiple posts over that past year…stay tuned. Till next time, enjoy the ride!

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President Joe Biden tries to ease tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron after AUKUS deal. REUTERAdam Schultz/The White House/Handout via REUTERSS

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The relationship between the United States and France remains frosty despite efforts by the Biden administration to mend diplomatic damage — with the French president telling the press he “will see” how the two nations can re-engage after the French took the US nuclear submarine deal with Australia and the United Kingdom as a “stab in the back.”

Late Tuesday, the same day US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with French officials, French President Emmanuel Macron was asked if he was confident that President Biden is recognizing France’s importance as an ally.

“We will see,” Macron told Politico as he arrived for an EU leaders’ meeting in Slovenia.

“I just believe in facts,” he added. “I do hope. I do think it’s feasible. I do think it’s more productive for both of us. I will see. And I think we scheduled to discuss together mid-October, we will catch up during the G20 and I think it will be the right occasion to see how we can re-engage very concretely.”

Last month, after Biden announced the US nuclear submarine partnership with Australia and the UK, dubbed AUKUS, France was insulted at not being included after the French and Australian governments had already worked out a similar deal. French officials slammed the announcement, calling it a “stab in the back.”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to find a way to ease tensions between France and the US. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS

“It is really a stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed and I’m angry today, with a lot of bitterness, about this breach,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio at the time.

“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what [former President Donald] Trump used to do,” he added, referring to Biden’s predecessor. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”

“The American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, whether in terms of our values or in terms of respect for multilateralism based on the rule of law, shows a lack of coherence that France can only note and regret,” the French embassy in DC said in a statement.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (from left), Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Biden announce the nuclear submarine partnership, which has been dubbed AUKUS. EPA/MICK TSIKAS

France pulled all its ambassadors from the US and Australia in retaliation, and canceled a gala in Washington, DC, set to take place at the French embassy.

Biden and the White House flew into damage control amid the fallout, boosting the US-France relationship and pointing to Australia for answers on why the Oceanic nation pulled out of its deal with France.

Additionally, the president spoke with Macron and in a joint statement admitted to botching the AUKUS agreement.

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French President Emmanuel Macron (center) sees the deal as a “stab in the back” by President Biden (left). LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard,” the statement read.

The Biden administration continues its efforts to rectify the situation this week, with Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan visiting Paris.

On Tuesday, Blinken met with Le Drian and the two reportedly discussed ways to re-establish and strengthen US-French relationships following last month’s debacle.

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In retaliation for the deal, French President Emmanuel Macron pulled all French ambassadors from the US, UK and Australia. BENOIT DOPPAGNE/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images

Despite the efforts, Macron is still holding out for Biden’s actions over his words.

“My point is, it’s not an issue about words or perceptions. It’s an issue about facts and what to do together,” the French president said.

How to act frenchBy Thomas Sullivan Last updated May 6, 2018

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As we’ve said a lot this year, transparency is a global phenomenon. The Loi Bertrand, or the French Sunshine Act, is similar in many ways to the US Physician Payments Sunshine Act, but even more expansive. These differences pose significant hurdles for companies attempting to build uniform programs to comply with these laws. Furthermore, the French Sunshine Act’s disclosure obligations are retroactive to transactions occurring in 2012. The first French reports were due August 2013, and the payment information is now up on a public website.

Click here for the health products company list. So far, the company information isn’t very reader-friendly.

Click here for a searchable database by healthcare provider name.

The French law requires that health products companies make available on a public website:

  • The existence of any Agreement with health care providers (HCPs) and certain entities of the health sector within 15 days after execution (a continuing obligation) and
  • Any Benefit in cash or in kind granted to the latter exceeding €10 (about $13.70 US dollars), which must be disclosed within 6 months—the first of August, or first of February of the following year at the latest.

The only exception to the broad scope of the disclosure obligation are commercial sales agreements of goods and services concluded between companies and HCPs.

Furthermore, whereas U.S. Sunshine requires disclosures of direct and indirect transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals, the French law covers benefits provided to those recipients as well as other health care professionals (including pharmacists and nurses), students, and organizations (such as societies and associations of health care professionals). The law applies to manufacturers of virtually all regulated health and cosmetic products, regardless of whether the products are reimbursed under the French social security regime.

The following information must be made publicly available concerning payment or “advantages” granted by companies to HCPs:

  • The qualifications and medical specialties of the parties, including the qualification and registration number for HCPs, school and registration number for students and any information related to the legal person
  • Signature date
  • Subject matter of the agreement: this must be referred to in general terms (clinical trial, congress speech, advice in scientific board, promotional event, etc).
  • For scientific events, the detailed agenda. For example, look at Boehringer Ingelheim programs they reported.

Companies that fail to fulfill the disclosure obligation are subject to penalties, including a fine of up to €45,000 and additional sanctions.

For a very helpful table comparing the requirements of the US Sunshine Act with the French Sunshine Act check out Potomac River Partners coverage of the French law: “Let The Sun Shine In France.”

We searched for media coverage so far and haven’t found many stories related to this data. We will fill you in with news that could foreshadow the US Sunshine data due later this year.

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Thomas Sullivan is Editor of Policy and Medicine, President of Rockpointe Corporation, founded in 1995 to provide continuing medical education to healthcare professionals around the world. Prior to founding Rockpointe, Thomas worked as a political consultant.

No matter how many you have gone through before, a job interview is always intimidating. It is even more so when you must conduct that interview in a language different than your mother tongue—like a job interview in French, for instance.

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Have no fear! These tips will help you get ready for your meeting and put all the chances on your side so that you can ace your entretien d’embauche in French!

1. Before your interview

Preparing a job interview is crucial no matter what language you are speaking, but it is even more critical if you are conducting the interview en français. Stay confident and avoid unbefitting “euuuh” and “mmmmh” by making sure you are ready to answer some of the questions that will be asked during the interview.

A. Research the company you will be interviewing with

The goal for any candidate to a job is that the company should hire him or her rather than someone else. Your first job is to make sure that the recruiter knows you are the best contender to the post because of your international background rather than despite it.

Research which aspects of your work history are the most likely to grab the attention of the recruiter and how they would benefit the company. Ensure that you know the French equivalent for your diplomas and professional experience.

Note that there is only one institution that can deliver a French certificate of equivalence to your foreign diploma: the ENIC-NARIC so if it is something that might come up, do your homework ahead of time so you can have the certificate in hand on the day of the interview.

If you are a European citizen, websites like Europass can help you present your work skills and competencies.

Each industry has its specific vocabulary. Even if your French is very fluent, it is not necessarily terms that come up into everyday conversation. Prepare yourself a cheat sheet with some keywords you need to know in French and study until they become second nature, whether they are industry-specific or business-related.

As for job interviews everywhere, the recruiter will want to make sure that you are familiar with the company. Memorize some key numbers and statistics that might come up during the interview. Any data related to your home country is a plus!

If you wonder how to dress like chic French women over 50, this post is for you! Age has nothing to do with style and great style is possible no matter how old you are. You can be chic like a French woman at any age, the key is to know how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you.

French chic style is not a difficult style to pull off. It’s something effortless, classic, nonchalant, cool but not arrogant. French style is about finding the right balance between looking dressed up and laid-back. It’s not being obsessed about wearing bold shades and extravagant items, bright colors, and expensive pieces. Keep reading if you’re looking for inspiration from the most stylish over-50 French women out there. These French women featured in this post give great inspiration on dressing age appropriately, always looking chic, and never missing style.

I’ve rounded up the most helpful tips to create a French capsule wardrobe whether you’re 50 or not. Keep scrolling to see the timeless pieces that every chic French woman over 50 own, and then shop the pieces for yourself if you find their outfits as inspiring as I do.

How To Dress Like A French Woman Over 50

French-style for women over 50 is about getting a collection of pieces that look chic and that are comfortable and flattering. A French wardrobe is a functional wardrobe, that provides all the pieces you need to put them on and together in different ways. French women have always something to wear to every, and any, event or activity in their lives. In order to create this French capsule wardrobe, here are below 5 key French fashion tips for women over 50.

Mademoiselle Agnès (51 years old), Inès de la Fressange (62) and Emmanuelle Alt (52)

The 5 French Style Rules French Women Swear By

  1. Start with the staples of the French wardrobe. Your style should be timeless, chic, and sophisticated. Some of the French staples you should have in your wardrobe are a white blazer, a cream blouse, a black cashmere sweater; pieces that won’t fade away.
  2. Always mix stuffy items with more casual pieces to rejuvenate your outfit. For example, you can wear your favorite fitted blazer with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Opt for a simple white or grey T-shirt to wear underneath your blazer. It’s the perfect timeless and stylish look for any woman over 50.
  3. Whatever you’re wearing, avoid wearing big statement necklaces, rings, and bracelets that can look unsophisticated and cheap. Instead, prefer to wear minimalists jewelry style —check out the best French jewelry brands—, or just wear a watch.
  4. Always define your waist. I think it’s one of the most important French style tips. Oversized items are hard to pull off and it’s usually more flattering to define your waist. You can do so with a black leather/gold waist belt.
  5. Make sure you’re wearing the right bra size. Indeed, a droopy bust or sagging breasts can make you look older than you are. Make sure your bra is not too loose in the stripes or the band. Another French style tip is to wear shapewear underneath everything as it will give you smooth lines no matter your body size. You can read my previous article on the best French lingerie brands to shop for.

10 Fashion Essentials Of French Women Over 50

1. Leather Jacket


Style inspiration, recipes, lifestyle tips, and more straight from a French woman.

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When French explorers and fur trappers came to the New World, they experienced a largely peaceful, friendly, and conflict-free relationship with the Native Americans living in the region. Historians attribute this peaceful relationship to the ongoing fur trade between the two groups, as well as to the fact that the French were respectful of land occupied by Native Americans

When the French first came to North America in the 1530s they were primarily interested in the North American fur trade. The Native Americans in the region, who were experienced fur traders, began accompanying the French on hunting trips, instructing them on where to find fur animals in the North American forests. The French quickly established a yearly routine that consisted of spending the spring and summer months in North America, returning to France with ships full of furs, and returning to North America the following spring with European goods for the Native Americans, such as horses, metal pans, and weapons.

The relationship between the two groups became closer when the French established their first permanent North American settlement at Quebec in 1608. The Native Americans living in the area and the French settlers continued to trade with each other, and intermarriage was common between the two groups

In the mid-1700s Native Americans in the region clashed with English settlers. The French settlers largely supported the Native Americans during these conflicts, and even fought alongside them. The Native Americans and the French settlers fought together in the French and Indian War in 1979, and were defeated by the British after a battle in which forces led by General James Wolfe bested the French and Indian forces, led by General Louis-Joseph.

France’s response to post-Brexit fishing restrictions around the island of Jersey has been described as “pretty close to an act of war” by fishing community leaders in St Helier. They say they have been told 100 boats are being lined up in France for a 6am blockade at the main Channel Island port on Thursday, threatening food and energy supplies.

“It was inevitable that the French would kick off,” said the head of the Jersey Fishermen’s Association, Don Thompson. “But the reaction we’re seeing from France is almost like something you would see from Iran or Russia. They’re not just saying they can cut off the electricity supply, French fishermen are saying that they’re coming tomorrow [Thursday] to blockade the harbour in time to stop the ferries from coming in so there’ll be no food supply and no fuel coming into the island either. So it comes pretty close to an act of war, this.”

The French maritime minister hinted on Tuesday that France could cut off electricity supplies to Jersey in retaliation for restrictions the self-governing island has imposed on French vessels.

At the centre of the dispute is post-Brexit arrangements for the shared waters in the 13-mile stretch between France and Jersey. New licences were issued on Friday, the last day of a four-month grace period after Brexit, which ended the Granville Bay treaty on shared fishing rights which dates back to 1839.

Thompson argues the treaty was flawed and “gave the French the authority to write their own access permits for waters, and consequently we’ve seen a decline in the primary shellfish stocks.” He said Brexit had given Jersey the authority to manage its own waters and for the first time it was exercising its legal right to apply conditions in line with sustainability goals.

But not everyone in the local fishing sector agrees. The island’s leading oyster and mussel fisherman, Chris Le Masurier, is scathing and says the problem is not Brexit but the local government’s “incompetent bunch of idiots”.

“I am so drained after this weekend because every French fisherman I know phoned me to complain,” he said. “I have been dealing with France for 30 years and I’ve learned there is a way to deal with our closest neighbour,” he told the local online news outlet Bailiwick Express. “It seems that the new licences were sent out Friday and then everyone ran out of the office. It was a complete insult to the French. It’s as if an apprentice who started on Friday has issued the licences. This has all been done in a pathetic way.”

At stake are just 70 French vessels fishing mainly shellfish including scallops, whelks and lobster. Jersey issued licences to the 41 French boats over 12 metres on Friday but French politicians claimed that without any notice they came with restrictions on the number of fishing days and the fishing equipment allowed.

Dozens of French boats gather at Jersey port in protest – video

One French national assembly member, Bertrand Sorre, said a fisher from Granville who fished for scallops and whelks “on average 40 days a year” in Jersey waters had been told he would have access for only 11 days. “The anger is roaring and the desire to do battle is palpable,” Sorre said.

Jean-Marc Julienne, the president of the House of Normandy and La Manche, Normandy’s representation in Jersey, said it was vital the dispute was resolved quickly.

“I am worried that the situation could get out of control,” he said, “and I don’t want it to get to that point because we know very well that after that it will be very hard to restart the negotiations.”

This article was amended on 6 May 2021 to clarify the date of the Granville Bay treaty