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Culture and traditions

Culture & traditions

France is the country where the centuries took turn quickly, it saw the palaces of kings and the poverty, the economic growth and the impetuous fall. It was completely destroyed and rebuilt. It dictates the fashion and presented great people to the whole word.

All this proves that France can boast all that is unique in the history, architecture and art. The french blog of the Centre International d’Antibes France offers you to make the trip and discover the culture and traditions of a great nation.

French dialects

Does French have dialects?

Ledvina - 10/04/2019
Culture & traditions

What’s the difference between a dialect and a patois? What are the different regional languages spoken in France and how many are there? What accents do you find in France?

Education system

The French education system

Ledvina - 26/03/2019
Culture & traditions

How does the French education system work? Until what age is schooling mandatory in France? How does higher education work in France?

Don't miss it

The greatest French films of all time

Ledvina - 14/02/2019
Culture & traditions

French movies, which have received awards and acclaim all over the world, are renowned for excellent acting and exquisite directing. But which films can be considered to represent the best of their genre?

French Symbols

Symbols of France

Alexandra - 09/01/2019
Culture & traditions

What are the most important symbols of France? Which things, people and ideas best represent France in terms of the country’s politics, society and culture?

French actors

Famous French actors and actresses

Alexandra - 05/12/2018
Culture & traditions

Who are France’s most popular actors? While we can all no doubt come up with a quick list of some of the actors and actresses who have made French film renowned throughout the world

French stereotypes

Demystifying French stereotypes and cliches

Ledvina - 07/11/2018
Culture & traditions

Mad about baguettes and cheese, work-shy, whiny and arrogant, while also being elegant connoisseurs of fine food... Yes, you’ve guessed it, we’re discussing the most common French stereotypes.

Holiday

Holidaying like the French

meriek - 17/08/2018
Culture & traditions

France is the perfect destination for those who want to take French lessons or simply discover the country. But what kinds of holiday do French people enjoy?

Bise tradiction

La bise: a very French custom!

meriek - 04/06/2018
Culture & traditions

In France, we have lots of customs and traditions which can confuse foreigners. Exchanging kisses – la bise – is one of them, but what’s this all about and when should you do it?

Breakfast Paris

The art of French living

Alexandra - 18/05/2018
Culture & traditions

What does that well-known phrase “the art of French living” actually mean? French style is synonymous with a certain savoir-être and savoir-vivre for which the country is internationally renowned.

Easter rabbit

A few unusual Easter customs

Alexandra - 29/03/2018
Culture & traditions

Whenever Easter comes up, we inevitably think of chocolate eggs (or bells in France), bunnies and the famous egg hunt. Other countries, such as Australia, Sweden and Poland, have other fairly surprising traditions, some similar to those in France and others which are quite different.

13 Christmas desserts

The Thirteen Desserts of Christmas

Ledvina - 21/12/2017
Culture & traditions

In Provence, the ‘thirteen desserts’ are intimately associated with the Christmas festivities. But what are they, exactly?

The week of taste

Semaine du Goût

Gloria - 05/10/2017
Culture & traditions

When you study French in France, you can also take advantage of your visit to the country of fine food to sample some authentic produce. The 28th edition of the famous Semaine du Goût (Taste Week) is held during October.

The return to school

Heading back to school in France

Gloria - 08/09/2017
Culture & traditions

September is not just about the wine harvest. In France, this time of year is also associated with an enduring ritual: the return to school. On 4 September, after a well-earned two-month break, primary and secondary school pupils – more than 13 million of them in total – cheerfully returned to class with a spring in their step.

Youth day

International Youth Day

Gloria - 11/08/2017
Culture & traditions

The twelfth of August will mark a particularly important day for the future of humanity: International Youth Day

Herbs of Provence

The herbs of Provence

Gloria - 03/08/2017
Culture & traditions

The herbs of Provence are well known as a symbol of the gastronomic heritage of the South of France.

The Nice dialect

Nissart: a regional variety of the Occitan language

Gloria - 20/07/2017
Culture & traditions

Every country has its own regional languages. At a time of globalisation it is important, if we want to hold on to our identity, that we do not forget our roots.

July 14th

The fourteenth of July

Gloria - 13/07/2017
Culture & traditions

The French national holiday is celebrated on the fourteenth of July each year. It’s worth knowing that it was established in 1880 and it is without a doubt a public holiday. For the French, the day symbolises the end of absolute monarchy and privilege, but also national reconciliation.

July

July is here at last

Gloria - 06/07/2017
Culture & traditions

My name is Mark Antony’s tribute to Julius Caesar and means ‘the month of Julius’. I symbolise the beginning of the big school holiday, long journeys south, suntan oil, parasols, the beach and lounging around. I am associated with a national holiday and the Tour de France cycle race.

the music festival

World Music Day: make music!

Gloria - 21/06/2017
Culture & traditions

World Music Day – La Fête de la Musique – traditionally marks the first day of summer. In France, word play on the festival’s name is the order of the day: Faites de la musique ! (Make music!)

Father's Day

Father’s Day around the world

Gloria - 15/06/2017
Culture & traditions

How did Father’s Day begin in France? When is it celebrated in other countries? What gift should you give? Find all the answers in our new article!

The neighborhood party

Neighbours’ Day: a popular celebration

Gloria - 18/05/2017
Culture & traditions

Every year, a rather special festival is celebrated in France: Neighbours’ Day (la Fête des voisins).

Festival

Cannes Festival

Gloria - 11/05/2017
Culture & traditions

Cannes is renowned throughout the world for its luxury hotels, famous Croisette promenade and painted walls depicting movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

The day of the earth

Earth Day

Gloria - 26/04/2017
Culture & traditions

International Mother Earth Day initially began as an environmental demonstration, first held in 1970 in the United States. Today, around 180 countries participate, representing more than 500 million people.

Easter

Easter symbols and traditions

Gloria - 18/04/2017
Culture & traditions

Eggs, rabbits, chickens and bells all made from chocolate: it’s time to talk about the symbols and traditions which mark Easter in France.

Francophones

International Day of La Francophonie

zoe - 20/03/2017
Culture & traditions

20 March is International Day of La Francophonie. But do you know what "la francophonie" refers to exactly?

Woman's Day

March: an important month for women

zoe - 08/03/2017
Culture & traditions

March is an important time for women of all ages.

Characters Gotlib

Gotlib and his iconic characters

Eric - 28/02/2017
Culture & traditions

Presenting some of Gotlib’s characters.

Comics

Some French comics to discover

romain - 28/01/2017
Culture & traditions

When it comes to comics, France, like Belgium, has lots of celebrated writers.

Christmas holidays

Christmas and New Year vocabulary

Ledvina - 16/12/2016
Culture & traditions

It’s here! Christmas is coming! Now is the perfect time to review a bit of vocabulary and check you haven’t forgotten anything.

French traditions

French traditions during the holiday season

anna - 03/12/2016
Culture & traditions

We offer you a chance to (re)discover some of these French traditions from the holiday season.

Evolution

How French has evolved over the last 30 years

eric - 25/10/2016
Culture & traditions

See how much French has developed over the last 30 years

Famous expressions

Which French expressions are best known in other countries?

zoe - 12/10/2016
Culture & traditions

“C’est la vie”, “Comme ci, comme ça”, “Déjà-vu” – just a few of the typically French expressions well known throughout the world

Macaron

Top 10 blogs about living in France

anna - 05/09/2016
Culture & traditions

Here is our top 10 of expats blogs about living in France.

Multiethnic environment

The Centre International d’Antibes is a true “melting pot”

eric - 28/07/2016
Culture & traditions

The Centre International d’Antibes welcomes dozens of different nationalities every year.

French and sport

The long history of French, football and sport

zoe - 28/06/2016
Culture & traditions

If you want to learn French, there’s no better way than talking sport and supporting the favourite local team.

French Europeans

Do you speak Football? Everyday french expressions

alexia - 22/06/2016
Culture & traditions

Learning a new language sometimes imply going off the beaten tracks to discover everyday expressions. At Centre International d'Antibes, we always incorporate a dash of fun into our teachings to make them more pleasant but also more relevant to daily conversations.

Local products

French Food and Language Lessons

zoe - 01/04/2016
Culture & traditions

France is worldly famous for its gastronomy and natural refinement when it comes to food. This culture of bien manger is not reserved to the elites...