Taxi-tandem in Paris

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?)

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Mimi, a member of the French Resistance movement during World War II

Soon after the German invasion of France, a teacher who was newly appointed to Domène (a small town near Grenoble) visited City Hall to introduce himself to the Mayor.

There, in City Hall, he met the mayor’s charming secretary, Anne-Marie (Mimi for short). The new teacher in town had good reason to strike up a friendship with Mimi, because he was looking for a contact who could produce false identity papers for a newly-formed resistance network.
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Medical Simulation Training – Dr. Granry

Antoine Humeau interviews Professeur Jean-Claude GRANRY, chief of anesthesia and emergency medicine of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d’Angers. Dr. Granry tells us about the state of the art of simulation training for medical personnel in France. Dr. Granry’s French title : Chef de pôle du Pôle anesthésie-réanimation-médecine d’urgence-santé-société. Professeur des Universités – Praticien hospitalier.”

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L’Aéropostale and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as told by Yves Marc

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If you’ve never read Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s books, here is why you might want to: they are short and readable, but they make you think deeply about life. In the days after you finish a Saint-Exupéry book, you find your mind coming back to it; you continue to work through the ideas and events of the story in order to understand them better and to make sure you remember the lessons that Saint-Exupéry was trying to convey. Some of these books are also very exciting: I am thinking of “Vol de Nuit,” for example. Here is a list of Saint-Exupéry’s books.

If you are a fan of Saint Exupéry, you will enjoy hearing about L’Aéropostale, where Saint Exupéry got so much of his inspiration. L’Aéropostale was a postal airline which started just after the first world war and, by 1930, stretched from Paris to the southern tip of Argentina. For a time, Saint-Exupéry ran one of the airports in the desert along this line. (Do you remember that “Le Petit Prince” starts out with an unplanned landing in the desert?)

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