La bataille de l’Atlantique – the Keroman U-boat base in Lorient

During 1942 and 1943, the Allies were shipping cargo and troops to England to supply the English war effort and to prepare for the invasion of the continent; and German U-boats operating from French ports such as Brest and Lorient were targeting those ships. Historians estimate that the U-boats sunk so many ships that they delayed the Normandy invasion by a full year. Winston Churchill named this battle for control of the shipping lanes the ‘Battle of the Atlantic.’

In this interview, Roger Huguen, a historian living on the northern coast of Brittany, in Saint Brieuc, tells Dominique Chapron that Lorient, on the southern coast of Brittany, played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic : it served as the headquarters of Admiral Dönitz, head of the U-boat fleet. The huge submarine base is still standing, but the rest of the city was razed by Allied bombardments.

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Apicultrice: interview with a French beekeeper in the Vercors Mountains

Magali has always had a passion for bees, and now she makes her own honey from wild flora in the Vercors mountain range. You’ll love her pretty voice and precise pronunciation.

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La Caviste: Isabelle Gosselin talks about buying wine in France.

The French word une cave does not mean ‘a cave.’ Instead, it means, ‘a cellar.’ And une cave à vin is a wine cellar. And since a wine merchant manages a wine cellar, the French word for a wine merchant is un/une caviste.

In this interview, Isabelle Gosselin tells you how to buy wine from someone like her: a wine merchant. You’ll find these tips helpful the next time you are in France and need to buy a wine that fits both your budget and the dish you are going to eat!

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