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Notre Dame burns

“Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations… I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny.”

“This history is ours. It is burning. I say to you very solemnly tonight, this cathedral, we will rebuild it.”

French President Emmanuel Macron

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As I watch the flames rip through the roof of the spire of the Cathedral of Notre Dame last evening, I shook my head at history going up in smoke. It was ugly and grotesque.

Paris does not mourn alone. The world stands with her at the dawn of this heartbreak, but this is not the time to be distracted for God is never limited to a building.

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Francophones, this day (and month) belongs to you! 🇫🇷

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March is celebrated as Francophonie Month and today is UN French Language Day and International Francophonie Day.

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UN French Language Day celebrates the culture, history, and achievements of this beautiful language and to also promote multilingualism. International Francophonie Day celebrates Francophone culture. This day was created in 1988 to celebrate the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970.

French used to be the language of diplomacy, so today, I’ll just share a few facts about La langue française.

* French is one of the five most spoken Romance languages.

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* French is the official language or one of the official language in more than 43 countries. It is spoken by 125 million people globally on every continent.

* The French language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The other five includes Arabic, Chinese, Russian, English, and Spanish.

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* Although many dialects and different variations exist, Parisian French is the ‘model’ for the French language.

* French is one of the official languages of Switerzland, Belgium, and Canada.

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* We can trace the roots of the French language during 6 periods: 

1. Gallo-Romance (5th-8th centuries)

2. Old French (9th-13th centuries)

3. Middle French (14th-15th centuries)

4. Early Modern French (16th century)

5. Classical Modern French (17th-18th centuries)

6. Contemporary Modern French (since the 19th century)

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On a not so related French note, France has won 15 Nobel Prizes for literature, more than any other country. After all, they gave the world some fantastic writers such as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas and I think their literature is top notch. 👍

Now, I’m just going to Chez Bogato on 17 rue Liancourt to sample some authentic French pastries. 😉

Happy French Language et Francophonie Day, Francophones (and Francophiles! Yes, we’re joining in, too!) 

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“I thought dying had been harder.”

King Louis XIV was a fascinating man and King! His reign (1638-1718) lasted for 72 years, longer than that of any other European sovereign. Known as the Sun King, this man was my favorite French King and these were his last words:

“Why do you weep? Do you think I should live forever? I thought dying had been harder.”

King Louis XIV

Posted in History/Milestones

Tom Cruise Day!

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Today is Tom Cruise Day in Japan! 

According to the Japan Memorial Day Association, Cruise was awarded his own national day because of his love for Japan and close association with the country. Tom has visited Japan more than any other major movie star and spent hours on end with the fans.

Tom Cruise Day has been celebrated in Japan since 2006.

I have no idea what they do on that day, though, so I’ll share a few pictures of TC in Japan…

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I also have no idea if he speaks Japanese in real life, but he learned the language for The Last Samurai and the effort was definitely appreciated by moviegoers.

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And what is this post without a funny clip of TC on some Japanese show? Although I learned Japanese at one point in my life (I even watched YuGiOh! in Japanese for the language’s sake!), I don’t understand anything. 😛 And I honestly don’t get Japanese humor. *shrugging* Shirimasen. 

Happy Tom Cruise Day, Japan!