Monday, February 3, 2020

Secularism: Why French Secularism is So Hard to Grasp

Secularism/Laïcité

article from institutmontaigne.org
The 1905 French law separating the Church and the State is now over a hundred years old. The laïcité (or secularism) principle it defines, despite the term not being mentioned in the text, is unique in the world and is an integral part of France’s contemporary political DNA.
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Laïcité is the product of the long evolution of the relationship between the Church and the State.
Anastasia Colosimo


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

EDUCATION: La laïcité à l’école

EDUCATION A study by the National Center for the Study of School Systems (Cnesco) shows that the vast majority of students know and respect the main principles of secularism

Friday, January 24, 2020

FILM: L’armée du crime

L’armée du crime

Imdb 6.7 Durée: 2h 18min 2009 sur Prime Video (15)
⌦Leaving Prime on 07 February 2020
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This is the untold story of one of the most notorious and feared group of the French resistance during WWII. The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin.
Genres: Drama, History, War
Director Robert Guédiguian
Starring Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stévenin

it pointedly disputes the idea of a unanimous French Resistance. Behind the scenes the Paris police, eager to impress the Nazis, supervise grisly tortures of suspected partisans. Pujol (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), an inspector in the neighborhood where the Resistance is centered, is emblematic of the double-dealing treachery of French officials in the Vichy government. Trucks containing Jewish deportees rumble through the streets and give pedestrians only a moment’s pause.


Read the complete review on The New York Times

“Army of Crime,” whose title alludes to Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 masterpiece, “Army of Shadows” (set in the same period) […] also refers to the infamous “Affiche Rouge” (red poster) circulated by the Nazis on which the headline, “L’Armée du Crime” (“Army of Crime”), was plastered under the anti-fascist partisans’ photographs.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Films français avec des acteurs issus de l’immigration

To help you have a good time listening to French while viewing A-Level related topics, I’ve listed here some movies you can watch on a popular streaming service: I named UK Amazon Prime video (films are Included with your Prime Membership if you are used to get packages delivered this way; So nothing to pay in addition).

Samba

Imdb 6.7 Durée: 1h 58min 2014 sur Prime Video (15)
Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.
Acteur: Omar Sy
d’origine mauritanienne et sénégalaise

Les hommes du feu

update 19/01: not in Prime anymore
Imdb 6.1 Durée: 1h 33min 2017 sur Prime Video (15)
Philippe, runs a fire brigade barracks in the South of France. During a summer-long heatwave, blazing fires spark up all over the countryside, some more suspicious than others.
Acteur: Roshdy Zem
d’origine franco-marocaine

Close enemies

Imdb 6.3 Durée: 1h 51min 2019 sur Prime Video (15)
A tense, nail-biting crime caper about brotherhood and betrayal. Raised in a suburb ridden by drug trafficking, Driss (Reda Kateb: Zero Dark Thirty) and Manuel (Matthias Schoenaerts: Red Sparrow) were like brothers. As adults, Manuel chose to embrace a thug life, while Driss became a cop. When Manuel’s biggest deal goes horribly wrong, they realise their need for each other. Essential viewing!
Acteur: Reda Kateb
d’origine franco-algérienne