French interviews

All about the Apéritif in France

If ever you are invited to a French person’s home for a meal, you will have an apéritif before eating. Learn the do’s and don’ts of this important French custom. You’ll hear Martin Venzal interview three friends: Alexis, Marie, and Laurent.

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.

Art history: African Art’s influence on 20th century painting and sculpture

Interview of Dany Philippe-Devaux of the “Musée de Grenoble.”

Art history: Japonisme: an interview about the French Impressionists’ fascination with Japanese art

Did you know that the impressionists and post-impressionists borrowed liberally from the Japanese? An interview with Geneviève Lacambre, Conservateur général au Musée d’Orsay, chargée du Musée Gustave Moreau (en 2001). – Conservateur honoraire du patrimoine (en 2005)

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

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?)

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

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!

Les Chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostelle

Madame Antoinette Mayol recounts the origins of the pilgrim routes to the tomb of the apostle James, in western Spain.

La Chèvre de Monsieur Seguin, as read by Fernandel

If you know a young artist who refuses a steady job because they want to live free, you can encourage them to follow their dream or tell them the story of Mister Seguin’s goat, who wanted to live free but got eaten by the wolf.

Catherine Roux: Conductrice de Métro à Marseilles
Mme. Roux is a go-getter who loves her job. Her positive attitude lights up this interview.

Medical Simulation Training in Angers, France – 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.”

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…

Tanguy washes the car.

Tanguy was a good boy. He wanted to help his parents out by washing the car for them. Here is what happened. Recorded by Susanna Poveda.

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.