Wednesday 10.15 - 12.15
What do Joan of Arc, Chanel, Napoleon, Brigitte Bardot, Edith Piaf, Sartre, Tintin, musketeers, baguette, can-can, Versailles and Tour de France have in common? They are, of course, cultural icons embodying a ‘je ne sais quoi’ of French identity. How and why did they come to represent France? What do they say about it? Is there a dark side to some of them? How do they compare to British ones: the Beatles, Sherlock Holmes, Big Ben or Marmite? Select your favourite icons out of a long list for discussion each month and encounter a visitor-friendly guide to French history, politics and society.
The lectures are given in French and aimed at intermediate and advanced French learners.
10 monthly sessions, September - June