CNN Series Profiles French Business, Culture & Politics

As much as I detest the simplistic news coverage of CNN, their Eye on France is a good place to catch up on "French News Lite": 

"As both the French and the international community reflect on Nicolas Sarkozy's first year in power, CNN International's "Eye on.." strand decamps to some of France's most iconic landmarks to put the nation under the spotlight as it redefines its place on the world stage."

I'm curious what you all think about the articles (and if I'm not the only one who noticed that all 17 of the people asked what it means to be French are men).


Naughty Paris Sneak Preview!

I've just spent the last week working on the new Naughty Paris Guide website, and this morning at 6am I finally finished the preview video so you can see how pretty the inside looks. Go have a peek and let me know what you think!


Cannes Film Festival in Paris

CannesFilmFest.jpgCan't make it to Cannes for the famous film festival this week? Pas de problème, you can still catch some of the action right here in Paris. Immediately following the festival the films of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs will be shown from May 28-June 3 in Paris' Cinéma des Cinéastes (7 ave de Clichy, 17th M° Place de Clichy).

Also known as The Directors' Fortnight, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs is a special selection of about 1000 films from countries all over the world that are shown out of competition. It's the only part of the festival open to the general public, and has featured debut screenings of films from Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmush, Michael Haneke, Spike Lee, the Dardenne Brothers, Sofia Coppola…

Tickets are just €5.50 (less than a regular movie!). For more info visit the Forum des Images.


Wine, cooking, dancing and French conversation

I just added three new Paris Activities pages to the Resource Guide today (and it's about time, sheesh!):

- Food & Wine 
A selection of wine tasting courses and cooking classes in Paris.

- Conversation
Practice your French and meet the locals and international expats.

- Dancing
Learn a few new moves or show off the ones you already have! 

What was the happy occaison? I finally got a chance to meet Theresa Murphy of La Cucina di Terresa, and attend one of her classes. Here are some photos of our lovely evening.

The ingredients: all organic, fresh, local produce.












Our hostess Theresa, showing us how it's done. 

The ladies watching carefully (with our glasses of wine).

Shucking fresh peas...

...For our 'Risi e Bisi' à la Theresa (she specializes in risotto).

Hungry now? Find info about her classes in the Food & Wine section.


Updated Calendar

Lots of exciting events happening in May, check out the calendar for regular updates.


Political Speechwriter Pens Voyeur's Guide to Parisian Women

It's been called a sex guide, but Pierre-Louis Colin's book "Guide des jolies femmes de Paris" is actually a sightseeing guide...that is, if the sights are Parisian women. According to an article in France 24, Colin dismisses Anglo-Saxon political correctness and boldly states that the freedom to contemplate the beauty of women is a key part of French culture. "In this troubled century, while from America come the echoes of another moral order, the responsibility of the contemplator is immense: in his respectful courtesy depends a part of the survival of our civilisation of liberty, of gentleness, and of grace. May this guide contribute to the success of this high mission," Colin wrote.

I'm all for admiring the beauty of women and the general appreciation the French have for "just looking" in general, but I'm not sure looking up women's skirts as they go up a spiral staircase is really "respectful courtesy". It seems more like the desperate measure of an awkward adolescent who is too afraid to actually talk to women (and having studied political science in Paris the same time as Colin, I can say that our classmates were/are not exactly the socially suave Parisian men that you might imagine). 

But hey, I'm obviously thrilled to see another Parisian book about sex and pretty ladies. Maybe they'll be looking for a publisher to bring out the English translation. ;-) 

(And if you're curious what the French think...)