Newsletter n°409 / Happy Bastille Day!

Hello franceinlondoner

"If they don't have bread, let them eat cake!"
Attributed to Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793)

Frenglish idioms

Using these French idioms is a piece of cake !

The French are well known to be the world's best cooks. Duck confit, choucroute, crêpes, macarons, they are “bons-vivants”. They love food so much that even when they do not talk about it, they mention it in their idioms. So, let’s cook together! We will give you the recipe for French idioms. Take note, or you could end making an omelette! Be careful, they are not really similar in English…

Books selection

Illustrated comics to read this summer: Solange's choice

Every month, Solange from Librairie La Page gives us her reading recommendations. Discover her summer selection of illustrated comic books:
- Vive la marée, by David Prudhomme and Pascal Rabaté
- Un océan d'amour, by Wilfrid Lupano and Grégory Panaccione
- Comment rater ses vacances, by Tignous and Gros

Do you hear the crickets sing?

Travel to Provence with Les Deux Salons

Located close to the National Portrait Gallery, Les Deux Salons invites its guests on a journey to discover four of France’s regions. The voyage starts today with a Provençal menu!


Donate to Handicap International on Bastille Day!

What if, this year, we decided to celebrate Bastille Day with a gesture of fraternity? This solidarity could help disabled children like Kanhara, Immaculée and Malak, who have been facing very difficult conflict situations, poverty and exclusion.
Handicap International is launching a campaign called "Every Step Counts", which could help disabled people all around the world have a first step someday. Moreover, every donation received by Monday 18 july will be doubled by the British government. 

Income tax

How to pay less income tax in England?

Income tax applies to all the income you receive, whether it is your salary, the profits you make as a self-employed person, income from real estate or any other kind of income. Discover a few tips to pay less tax.

A double-decker in the Somme

The London Transport Museum commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

On 1 July 1916, the bloodiest battle of the First Word War started: the Battle of the Somme. More than 1 million casualties, including 442,000 dead or missing, and half of them were British. British soldiers crossed the Channel to help the French fight the Germans in the Somme. This battle took place a hundred years ago and was commemorated in France by the London Transport Museum.


Mend the Living, the story of a heart transplant

On a warm and beautiful evening in London, people were waiting in front of the Institut Français, in South Kensington. They looked excited with a book in their hands. They were going to meet one of their favourite novelists. Maylis de Kerangal came to sign their copies and present Mend the Living, which has just been published in the UK. I met Maylis a few minutes before her Q&A.





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