Doux et surprenant

Even if you’re not familiar with the films of Agnès Varda or Jacques Demy, Jacquot de Nantes, released in 1991, will pull at your heartstrings. Read More

À vous de décider

John Kerry and Bradley Cooper go toe to toe this week in the ongoing French-speaking smackdown. Read More

Spécial Toussaint

As I reread my marginalia in Simenon’s Maigret et l’homme du banc, his description of un temps de Toussaint — gray, windy weather curiously without rain —makes me regret not visiting a cemetery or two one recent November in Paris. Read More

Qui veut danser?

When I first heard à la queue leu leu, I filed it away under Charming Expressions Claire Uses That I Will Never Remember. Wrong. Read More

Bien élevé

“Est-ce qu’il est sage?” a French midwife asked me years ago as I held my newborn son, swaddled and blissfully asleep in a clinic in the South of France. Read More


The elaborate striped “thing” left of Valérie must be the pomme she looks so happy to eat. Read More

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