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Bon Appétit [electronic resource]: Food and Drink

The French spend about two hours a day at the dining table - almost six years of their lives! This program shows viewers how to make a reservation at a restaurant as well as how to order a quick lunch and a complete dinner. The video also travels to Strasbourg for "La Journée du Goût" - a day when chefs visit schools to educate children's palates - and a visit to a family-run wine pub known as a winstub.
Online
1994
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Forme et Sante [electronic resource]: Health and Fitness

This program covers how to talk about ways of staying healthy, how to ask a pharmacist for advice when one is ill, and how to make a dental appointment. In addition, the video spotlights Bagnères-de-Luchon, a spa town in the Pyrenees known since Roman times for its beneficial waters, and Médecins Sans Frontières, the humanitarian aid organization recognized in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders.
Online
1994
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Au Travail [electronic resource]: Working Life

This program shows viewers how to talk in detail about one's work and how to set up a business meeting. The video also profiles a fruit producer who runs a farm near Reims that has been in existence since 1540 and a volunteer with Les Restos du Cœur, a charitable organization that distributes food packages and hot meals to people in financial distress.
Online
1994
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Plaire et Seduire [electronic resource]: Couples, Dating, and Buying Clothes

The history of Parisian culture is one long love story. In this program, everyday people describe their significant other's physical characteristics and personality, set up a date, and express their opinions while clothes-shopping. In addition, controversial fashion designer Chantal Thomass, who made a name for herself creating super-sexy lingerie, is profiled, along with the master perfumer, or "nose," of Jean Patou Paris's fragrance division.
Online
1994
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Par Tous les Temps [electronic resource]: Sports and Weather

In the world of small talk, sports and weather rule. This program covers how to discuss them both through interviews with a meteorologist who travels with the Tour de France and mountain rescue police personnel who risk their lives to save climbers who have gotten into trouble. The video also features everyday people who tell what sports they enjoy and why they like to engage in them.
Online
1994
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Voyages [electronic resource]: Travel and Vacations

In this program, everyday people talk about things common to taking a trip: destinations, directions, and - sacre bleu! - getting the car repaired. In addition, the video profiles an octogenarian taking her maiden voyage in a hot air balloon and a group of students traveling the Canal du Midi via houseboat as they study the architecture and history of the region.
Online
1994
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Langues et Travail [electronic resource]: Foreign Languages and Work

Like the Eiffel Tower, the French consider their mother tongue a historical monument - and the languages beyond France's borders indispensable tools. This program spotlights the Dicos d'Or "Golden Dictionaries" national dictation contest while profiling an Alsatian electrician who goes to work each day in Germany. The video also features everyday people who talk about languages besides French that they know and demonstrate some gestures that commonly accompany the spoken word.
Online
1994
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Vacances [electronic resource]: Vacations

In this program, everyday people talk about things they like to do on vacation, such as windsurfing, wine-tasting, and - naturellement! - buying souvenirs! The video then moves off the beaten path to the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve in the Préalpes Françaises, where visitors can learn firsthand about the region's animals and plants, and to the "Eldorado of the Pyrenees" to pan for gold on the Salat River with a professional prospector.
Online
1994
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Culture [electronic resource]: Art and Culture

From the edgy architecture of the Grande Arche de la Défense to the priceless paintings that line the walls of the Musée d'Orsay, France spends a significant part of its national budget on culture. This program shows viewers how to voice an opinion - positive or negative - on French architecture, ask for information at a museum, and speak analytically about works by the great masters. Also, a performance of Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire at a comedy festival is spotlighted, while an apprentice stonemason assisting with the restoration of a 15th-century building is profiled.
Online
1994
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Les Couleurs de France [electronic resource]: Immigrants in France

Many people from all over the world call France their home. In this program, immigrants talk about where they are originally from, how long they have lived in France, what they like and dislike about life there, and what they miss most from their birth countries. In addition, the video spotlights North Africa through a segment on the importance of couscous in Parisian North African cuisine and a segment on how an Algerian family living in Strasbourg copes with the dynamics of having roots in two very different cultures.
Online
1994