Tag: French

TV5MONDE USA has launched the first video-on-demand (VOD) cable platform devoted entirely to French-language films in twelve major markets on Comcast systems around the U.S. It will be available to Comcast customers who are subscribers of the TV5MONDE USA linear channel. An average of 15 movies will be offered each month. The service will offer some of the biggest titles...

After Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed $100,000 funding for the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) during last year’s budget vetoes, French-speaking state lawmakers sought new ways to promote Louisiana’s francophone heritage. In the recently ended legislative session, that bipartisan group of lawmakers filed and won passage of bills that celebrate the state’s Cajun culture and French...

  About 50,000 campaigners for French regional language rights have called on UNESCO to grant them "cultural asylum" and accused the French state of systematic linguistic discrimination amid growing concern for the future of indigenous languages such as Breton and Occitan. Protesters gathered in Quimper, Toulouse, the Pays Basque, in Alsace, in Catalonia, as well as outside the UN cultural organization’s...

The minister responsible for Bill 14 says “mutual anxiety” about language in the francophone and anglophone communities is making her job a tough one. During an emotional day featuring sometimes inflammatory presentations and with one French-language activist, Mario Beaulieu, revealing he has received death threats, Diane De Courcy said the debate over her bill has taken on an acrimonious tone. “I...

The Quebec government must adopt a hardline approach if it intends to make French the common language of all Quebeckers, a report to the Parti Québécois government by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF), concludes. Entitled “Reinvigorating the Linguistic Policy of Quebec,” the opinion was made public by Robert Vezina, president of the Conseil, on the eve of...

The French Heritage Language Program is proud to host its first conference to date, co-organized in partnership with The Cultural Services of The French Embassy, The National Heritage Language Resource Center, Le Lycée Français de New York and The Center for Applied Linguistics. Gathering renowned research specialists in the fields of bilingual education and Heritage...

French is spoken by more people than ever — 220 million worldwide, 20 million more than in 2007, according to a new report launched by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) at its summit in Montreux, Switzerland, this month. With 96.2 million Africans speaking French at the moment, the OIF believes that rising rates of literacy and birth rates mean...

Rivière-du-Loup The 100% French-speaking community of Rivière-du-Loup is located on the south shore of the St-Lawrence River, some 200 km east of Québec City, in the heart of the beautiful Lower St-Lawrence region.  Rivière-du-Loup has been a popular vacation area for more than a century with its spectacular natural environment and a perfect balance between the ocean and the countryside. In...

Breathtaking mountains and deep valleys form Alpine France which borders Switzerland and Italy. The paradiscal city of Gap is one of the most significant cities in the Southern Alps. Rich in color, bathed in mountain tradition, Gap is ideal if you want to truly experience French society. The University of Studies and Leisures of the Alps of South (UELAS), in...

Mondes Nouveaux, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization specializing in language homestays in France. Their teachers are dedicated specialists, and host families give students a warm welcome into their homes. Each student is individually and fully covered by a comprehensive insurance upon request. Mondes Nouveaux is an excellent choice for your French language immersion needs. The Ecole Suisse Internationale...