Conferences and workshops

 LE CIMETIÈRE DE PASSY


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, January 21st, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In 1802, all Parisian cimetières communaux (small parish cemeteries) were closed by order of Napoleon I and replaced by four new ones just outside the city. Everyone knows the Northern Cemetery (Montmartre), the Eastern one (Père-Lachaise), the Southern one (Montparnasse), but few tourists—or even Parisians—know about the Passy Cemetery, the Western. And yet, because it is located in an expensive residential district, near the Champs-Élysées, this peaceful cemetery located behind the Trocadéro, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, became the aristocratic necropolis of the capital.

 L’EXODE DU LOUVRE (1938-1945)


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

This conference will be offered only once at The French Class:

Tuesday, January 28th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Foreshadowing the fall of France at the onset of WWII German invasions, Jacques Jaujard, director of the French Musées Nationaux, decided to evacuate the Louvre art collection in province. On 25 August 1939, he closed the Louvre for “repair work” and for three days and nights, hundreds of staff and art students carefully placed treasures in wooden cases. Most of the formidable art collection was hauled on 203 trucks and sent to Château de Chambord via carefully planned routes to avoid electric cables. The last art piece to leave the museum was the Winged Victory of Samothrace, moved on September 3, 1939, the day the French declared war. Come and see how more than 4,000 national treasures were strategically moved from abbey to castle and saved from destruction without a single one having been lost or even damaged. Look at the invaluable role of Rose Valland at the Jeu de Paume Museum, then used as a storage and sorting depot for more than 20,000 works of art plundered by the Nazis.

 NEW 4-WEEK COURSE: THE FIRST BITE.
INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH


4 weeks: $159
Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30
February 3 - 24, 2020
Course book:
“Devour French. The First Bite.” $19, tax included.

The practical and conversational French course you’ve been looking for to prepare your next trip to France. Vocabulary, phrases and pronunciation. Lively course with a lot of interaction and oral practice.

Please call us at (415) 362-3666 for more information and to register.

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