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Comte

Comte is a cow's milk cheese made in the mountains of eastern France. It has the highest production of all French cheeses with the appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) status and annually some 64,000 tonnes of cheese is produced. This is quite an accomplishment given the...

Brie

Brie is probably one of the best known French cheeses, nicknamed “The King of Cheeses.”  It is a soft cheese made out of cow’s milk and named after Brie, the French region from which it originated.   Brie has a rind of white mould which is typically...

Cheese

“Any country with 300 cheeses cannot die,” Winston Churchill said during the German occupation of France.   It is safe to say that France will never die as nowadays it has more than 1000 cheeses, thanks to a large number of new products, inventions and copies. With...

Cremant

If you like Champagne but can't afford it all the time, when in France try their Cremant. It's a group of sparkling wines that will satisfy your desire for bubbly delight but won't plunder your wallet.   What is Cremant? Cremants are sparkling wines originally produced Champagne...

Women of style – Madame de Montespan

With her wit, charm, astonishing beauty and ambition Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart, better known as Madame de Montespan for years ruled the court of King Louis XIV of France as his maitresse-en-titre (chief mistress). She was expensive and glorious and beautiful, like the Palace of Versailles...

Cahiers du Cinema

Cahiers du Cinema (Notebooks on Cinema) is a French film magazine founded in 1951 by Andre Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. During the 1950s and 1960s, it was the hub of new, young filmmakers such as  Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut...

Cafe de Flore

When in Paris, find the time to visit one of the oldest coffeehouses in the city, the favorite meeting place of artists, writers, and philosophers – the Café de Flore. Located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the 6th arrondissement, the coffeehouse is still a popular spot among...

Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French novelist, playwright, philosopher, political activist, and the Nobel Prize laureate. He was one of the leading figures of the 20thcentury philosophy, a thinker whose philosophy of existentialism and in a way Marxism influenced a number of disciplines from sociology and...

Kir and Kir Royale

When in doubt, leave it to the French to master the art of enjoying a good drink on every occasion.  For long lunches with friends and family, when you want to relax and enjoy, a much-loved wine cocktail Kir -  or if the occasion is...

Calvados

Along with wines, cognac and champagne, France is also known for its delicious apple brandy – Calvados. The ingenious French used the cool and damp climate of Normandy to their advantage and created a drink from specially grown and selected apples whose history dates back...