This November 13th, 2004 at 10:30 am the village of Plottes (near Tournus in the Saône-et-Loire) will hold a dedication and memorial celebration to the crew and passengers of a US B-26 bomber that crashed near Plottes on November 13, 1944. Click here for more information about the US B-26.
When I first lived in France in the middle 90's there were few if any signs that Halloween even existed. I recall seeing the 'Day of the Dead' once on Arte (A French/Germany cultural channel) but nothing more than that. Then once during a trip back in the late 90's I saw a coffee shop with the employees all dressed up in Halloween clothes, but nothing that would stand out.
English in Schools
A law purposed in France would make it mandatory that all students learn English starting in the 4th grade. In theory this is a good idea, the earlier someone starts learning a language the better. The problem in France is finding enough English teachers, especially those that are native speakers. Right now there is a shortage of English teachers in France.
The Da Vinci Code
I recently read Dan Brown's thrilling bestseller The Da Vinci Code. I loved its depictions of some of Paris best-known monuments, notably the Louvre and Jardins des Tuileries. The DA Vinci Code also featured some lesser-known monuments: Saint-Sulpice Church. The church has a 'pagan' Obelisk and the Arago Rose Line, the original prime meridian line that runs through Paris and the Obelisk in Saint-Sulpice church. For photos of locations featured in The DA Vinci Code click here.