16 Famous French Painters (And a Few Others You May Not Know)

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From medieval innovators to avant-garde modern artists, France has a long history of talented painters. Some have risen to worldwide fame and even single-name recognition. Here are 16 French painters whose work has had a major influence on artists and the general public alike…and a few others you may also know. A brief history of …

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Should You Ban the Word Mademoiselle from Your Vocabulary and Use Madame Instead?

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In France, Mademoiselle is a complicated word! Most of us learn three basic titles in French: Monsieur (abbreviated M.), Madame (abbreviated Mme.), and Mademoiselle (abbreviated Mlle.).  The latter is used, we’re taught, for very young and/or unmarried women.  Pretty straightforward, right? Well, due to the conflicting dynamics of social changes and a certain aspect of …

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All About French Castles, Including How to Visit One in Real Life – or from Your Living Room

Versailles castle

There are some things that typically come to mind when people think of France. One of them may be some kind of castle or palace. It might be a particularly famous one, like Versailles, or maybe it’s just a composite, an idea of light-colored stone and high, elegant towers, possibly with a medieval princess or …

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Nostalgia, Jokes, and Secret Snacks: The Surprising Way French Cookies Are Viewed in France

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Quick – name a French cookie!  If you couldn’t, don’t be disappointed. The French are known for their pastries, but they’re not a cookie culture. No, “cookie culture” isn’t an actual term used to categorize civilizations. I made it up. But hopefully you get what I mean. There are some cultures, like the Anglo-Saxon one …

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