In this interview, Major Hensinger talks about a retirement home for members of the French Foreign Legion.
We recorded this back in 2002 for Fluent French Audio.
A warning about this interview – you will find it very challenging. On the other hand, if you work through it carefully, you’ll learn new ‘shortened’ versions for many words. For instance, there is a ‘mais avec‘ that sounds like ‘maec‘. Challenging, but that’s what you are here for, correct?
What I like about this interview is that the delivery reminds me of the French military people I know in my wife’s family: polite, but matter-of-fact. When my wife describes this style of speech, she uses an expression she picked up while living in the US: “no BS.”
A favorite of subscribers!
Back in 2002, when we first published this interview, many subscribers wrote to tell us that they loved hearing Hélène Vié, who still runs the ‘Maison de la Violette‘ in Toulouse.
Cécile says that, before the birth of her twins, she was “living on a super-highway:” straight down the road, everything humming right along, no surprises, no bumps; a supportive husband, a satisfying career…
A first shock was the premature birth of her twins, Louis and Pauline. A second shock was the diagnosis of autism for Pauline. She needed to talk with other parents and joined “Autisme 75.” Our journalist spoke with her about her journey.
Hop on a tandem bicycle the next time you need to get around Paris! We spoke with Marie-Noëlle, one of the drivers, and
Stéphane Bouriez, the founder of Tandem-Services. (Note: we made this interview back in 2002 or so. Tandem-Services has since stopped operating. Was it simply ahead of its time?)