Yuan Xiaoyi

For twenty years, Yuan Xiaoyi has translated French works into her mother tongue, Chinese. Her work on Leïla Slimani’s novel, Lullaby (“Chanson dance”) (2016 Prix Goncourt), won the 2018 Fu Lei Award for best literary translation.

Updated on 10/05/2019

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Grenouilles : the game that will make you love languages !

Do you know what the Russian expression « to play in the box » means? Do you know how the English and Spanish translate our the famous french idiom « when hens will have teeth »? And what if a Belgian tells you he is « blue of you »?

 

To all fans of graphic expressions, in French and foreign...

Updated on 17/03/2021

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Marielle Macé

A specialist in French literature, Marielle Macé uses its concepts to understand today's world and proposes an elegant interpretation of our ways of life.

Published on 03/04/2019

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A multifaceted Francophonie at Collège de France

On 21st March 2019, Haitian writer Yanick Lahens launched the new "Francophone Worlds" professorship at the Collège de France with an inaugural lesson featuring the evocative title: “Urgence(s) d'écrire, rêve(s) d'habiter” (“The need to write, the dream of living”). A look back at this powerful...

Updated on 27/03/2019

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Sylvie Marcé

The National Forum for French-Language Publishing will be held in September 2021 and is a key feature of the French Language and Multilingualism Plan presented by the President of the Republic on 20th March 2018. Here we get to grips with the main issues with its commissioner, Sylvie Marcé.

Updated on 07/09/2021

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Jörn Cambreleng

A translator of drama and literature himself, since 2009 Jörn Cambreleng has headed the Association pour la promotion de la traduction littéraire (ATLAS) and the Collège international des traducteurs littéraires in Arles (CITL).

Updated on 29/05/2020

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Multilingual Escape Game

On the occasion of the 2019 European Day of Languages, the Institut Français has created a multilingual Escape Game. Play on!

Updated on 26/09/2019

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French Teachers Day

French teachers take pride of place. On 28 November 2019, French Teachers’ Day will bring together the different players in teaching French as a foreign language in a programme of meetings and workshops to take place all around the world. Conceived by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron...

Updated on 03/12/2019

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Aya of Yop City (Aya de Yopougon), Queen of the Young Cinephiles

A bookstore bestseller translated into 15 languages, Aya of Yop City has lost none of its freshness in its big-screen adaptation. The glowing film by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie has also won the hearts of young Francophone cinephiles.

Updated on 04/03/2019

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Leïla Slimani

Winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt for her novel Lullaby (“Chanson douce”), Leïla Slimani was appointed a personal representative of the French Head of State as Francophone Affairs Minister in November 2017. Since then the Franco-Moroccan writer has travelled widely to promote the richness of the...

Updated on 16/03/2021

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Interactive platform for the General Assembly on French-language Books

Preparations for the General Assembly on French-language Books Around the World are underway, with the event scheduled to be held in Tunis in September 2021. A website has been set up to support the General Assembly, which is a collaborative project by nature: all those involved in the Francophone...

Updated on 03/09/2021

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A Public Speaking Competition in India

Between 1st and 7th August 2019, a prestigious public speaking competition will be held in Chennai, capital of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its theme will be the fight against inequality.

Published on 22/07/2019

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Dhriti Gupta

An engineer by profession and a student at the Alliance Française in Chandigarh, Dhriti Gupta is passionate about theatre. The 25-year-old Indian woman won the eloquence competition in Chennai in August 2019 on the theme of inequality. On 17 March, she took part in the "À mots ouverts" eloquence...

Updated on 27/03/2020

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Amen Sodjedo

An accountancy student, nicknamed “the curious child”, Amen Sodjedo is a member of the eloquence and oratory club of the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Lomé. In 2019, this 23-year-old Togolese student won the 4th French Language Jousting National Championships and then took...

Updated on 27/03/2020

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