French interviews with English translations

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VIDEO : Success with Potted Basil

Original-speed video, slowed-down video, PDF with footnotes, MP3s so you can download to your phone. If you like gardening, you may enjoy this. Instead of paying a French journalist to do an interview, we found a youtuber with suitable material and asked her for permission to transcribe and translate her video. (Thank you to those of you who were requesting interviews about gardening in French. Hopefully this will answer your need? In order to know if we should do more videos like this, it would help me to have your comments. Drop me a line when you have a moment:

L’Atelier de Paul Cézanne, à Aix.
From 1902 to his death in 1906, Cézanne worked every morning in this studio that he designed. Here, he produced paintings that hang in museums all over the world. Interview with M. François Fraisset, museum curator.


La bataille de L’Atlantique et la base Kermoran de Lorient

The Nazis waged their U-boat assault on Allied shipping traffic from French ports, notably Brest and Lorient, cities which paid a heavy price. Carpet-bombing razed Lorient without ever knocking out the U-boat base. This why, when you visit Lorient today, you see nothing built before the war. In this interview, historian Roger Huguen recounts Lorient’s role in the ‘Battle of the Atlantic.’

Un Plumassier à Paris

Eric Charles-Donatien is the artistic director at Lemarié, the top purveyor of feathers to the high-fashion industry.  Interview by Nathalie Tourret.

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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.”




Les bêtises d’enfance : interviews with Jean-Michel and Monique
Mistakes, tricks, goof-ups, practical jokes; they enrich our lives and give us stories to tell around the dinner table. Stories from Jean-Michel and Monique.


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.

La Citroën 2CV : an interview with Alain Finet, 2CV collector
The last Citroën 2CV rolled off of the assembly lines in 1991, but fan clubs across the world keep the spirit alive. Alain Finet conveys his passion for the 2CV.

Catherine Roux: Conductrice de Métro à Marseilles

Mme. Roux is a go-getter who loves her job. Her positive attitude lights up this interview.

La Danseuse: Frédérike Unger
Frédérike spoke with us about her career as a dancer. We hear about the disappointment of not being chosen for the Paris Opera at 11 years of age and about her success with a different troupe at the age of 17, when her parents agreed with her decision to drop out of high school and travel as a professional dancer. Finally, we understand that there is more than one path to a career in dance.




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.”





Louer un gîte rural en France : booking a vacation rental in France.
Chantal and Michel, from Rouen, rented a cottage in Provence. They gave Véronique Lopez a tour and told her what to expect if she rents a cottage. A fun interview! Listen online or download the recordings.

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…

Le Palais des Papes in Avignon

And you thought that the Pope lived in Rome? In this interview, Madame Renée Lefranc recounts how the papacy moved from Rome to Avignon in the 13th century. An interesting story recounted with plenty of humor.   To listen online, click here.                 To download, click here.

Le Pourboire en France – Tipping in France

Should you leave a tip in France? Antoine Humeau interviewed the owners and staff of a number of eating establishments in Angers to find out what people are ordering and whether they are leaving tips.

Un Plumassier à Paris

Eric Charles-Donatien is the artistic director at Lemarié, the top purveyor of feathers to the high-fashion industry. Interview by Nathalie Tourret.

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.