Named after the frosty trio of saints, St Mamert, St Pancrace, and St Servais, whose Saint days are respectively May 10th, 11th, and 12th, the expression ‘Saints de Glace’ describes a sudden return of freezing weather in late spring, which can catch us all unawares, just when we think fthat summer is on its way!
Claude Francois was an Egyptian-born French pop singer, songwriter and dancer, who wrote and composed “Comme d’habitude”, the original version of “My Way”.
In 1940, Louis Torcatis joined the French Resistance under the pseudonym Bouloc and became head of the secret army of Languedoc Roussillon.
Bats are important. They keep down the pests in our gardens and fields, play a huge part in pollination and distribute fruit seeds.
May is the time when results really begin to show. The pleasure of being in a well-stocked, colourful and fragrant garden is really apparent, and if the weather is warm enough even swimming may be possible for those of us who are hardy enough, although the water will still be about 20 deg.C.
The guillotine continued to be used long after the French Revolution and was the only official and legal form of execution in France until capital punishment was banned in 1981.
A dictionary is such a useful tool. In this digital age, we have quick translation just one click away but why not treat yourself to a paper dictionary if you don’t already have one, and…
An over-all feel good read with some gritty realism that makes the characters all the more relatable- well deserving of the Booker Prize 2019
It’s that time of year again, when we need to complete our French income tax returns, work out how much tax we owe, and submit them by the deadline.
Taking place on or around 23rd April each year, a date linked to literature and popular tradition, the festival of Sant Jordi celebrates the Patron saint of Catalonia, French equivalent of St George, a Christian Roman soldier, who was martyred around 303AD for refusing to renounce Christianity