France and French people around the world celebrated Bastille Day on Sunday, and the biggest celebration took place on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. French President Francois Hollande rode in a jeep down the famous avenue, while the French military marched alongside him. The country's air force added color to the event by flying with blue, white, and red over the Arc de Triomphe. French citizens filled the streets to wave their tricolor flags during the celebratory event, and fireworks filled the sky at night. Click through to see more great pictures from France's big day.
With their romantic accents, cultivated style, and sultry stares, Frenchmen have an extra je ne sais quoi. In honor of Bastille Day, we've rounded up some of our favorite famous Frenchies so we can debate, just like the French love to do. Check them out and vote: le hottie or le nottie?
Today commemorates the storming of the Bastille, so celebrate La Fete Nationale with some wonderful French cuisine. What better way to pay tribute than to cook up a storm in your kitchen? Here are 17 Franco-influenced recipes full of bold flavors that are sure to prepare you for Bastille Day.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
The French holiday Bastille Day is this weekend, so wave your blue, white, and red! If you're feeling the love for the country of berets and baguettes this week, we've got some French romance movie recommendations for you. From the serious to the lighthearted — with witty and passionate thrown in — here are some romantic French movies you can stream on Netflix and Amazon.
Liberté, egalité, fraternité: Happy (almost) Bastille Day! Sunday (July 14th) marks the anniversary of France's national holiday, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which began the French Revolution. While Parisians celebrate with fireworks and parades, I'll be starting my day off on the right foot with a pain au chocolat and a café au lait (and ending it with a glass of Burgundy or Beaujolais, no doubt). I thought it'd be fun to entice you with a number of pastry fun facts. Do you know much about these buttery baked goods, or are you just good at enjoying them? Find out when you take this quiz!
While we have lots of things to thank France for — crepes, lingerie, sexy Frenchmen — the French kiss is not one of them. And in fact, there was never even an official French word for "French kiss" until now! The one-word verb "galocher" (translation: to kiss with tongues) was added to the Petit Robert 2014 French dictionary, released today.
The French had previously used expressions that translated to "kiss with tongue" or "kissing at length in the mouth." Galocher has been a slang term derived from "la galoche," an ice-skating boot (Slippery? Gliding on ice? Figure eights? I get it), but is just now being officially recognized.
While "French kissing" began appearing in conversation during the 19th century, it took off in the early 20th century when it first appeared in the World War I book Private Lindner's Letters: Censored and Uncensored of 1918. "I have decided to become a linguist," he wrote. "Being able to read French fluently and speak it wretchedly, and to speak German connectively but not to read it at all, I am taking up Luxembourg, which is a wonderful blend of the two, a sort of liaison between tongues. (Not to be confused with French kissing.)"
In fact, if we're going to credit anyone, then it probably should be the British and American soldiers of World War I. Upon returning home from continental Europe, they showed their wives and girlfriends what they learned from the amorous country and called it a French kiss.
With their laid-back polish and effortless panache, it's no wonder why the world is mystified by the fashion habits of French women past and present. Though we're definitely inspired by classic Parisiennes like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, there are a crop of contemporary style setters who provide us with the utmost in sophisticated French dressing. Since today marks the first day of Paris Fashion Week, we're highlighting 11 of our favorite French fashion icons. Click through to see examples of their enviable style, plus find out why we love them so much.
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This past weekend, France celebrated Bastille Day with a bang, and it was an especially momentous holiday for France's new "unofficial" first lady, Valérie Trierweiler. The 47-year-old partner of recently elected president François Hollande is a working journalist and mother of three. Valérie's also France's first unmarried first lady, thus the unofficial title, and she's openly expressed her desire to be independent.
Over the weekend, Valérie was busy taking part in Bastille Day festivities, like the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris and the shipping festival event, Tonnerres de Brest, with her partner and the wives of other French political leaders. See Valérie enjoy her first Bastille Day as first lady and ogle the breathtaking fireworks beside the Eiffel Tower now!
Whether you're a die-hard Francophile or just getting in the July 14 Bastille Day spirit, these apps will bring you the best of all things French. From language tips to restaurant guides to stunning aerial photos, we've found some of the coolest apps to help you celebrate the holiday. Get your French fix and add some c'est la vie spirit to your smartphone with these seven iPhone apps.