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Sept 2012 newsletter



In this newsletter, we share with you the great work French charity MSF does from one of our
member's personal experience; have places for rent and sale in France; tell you about the latest
recently released award winning French movie; and, provide a recipe for salade lyonnaise plus
facts about autumn in France.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: To keep up to date in between our newsletters with French activity, follow us on facebook.
Posts in the last month included a draw for a pass to the film featured below (congrats Michele!)
plus the odd, interesting news article like the latest one about condoms from Condom in France.

Great work done by French aid organisation

One of our members, Debra-Lee is a nurse who works for Medicins sans Frontieres (doctors without borders), the world wide organisation responsible for the provision of medical humanitarian aid. She has kindly written an article for us about her very inspiring experiences helping those in need around the world in  Kenya, the Congo, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia and Haiti. Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s largest independent organisation of its kind - every day over 27,000 staff work in the organisation’s facilities around the world providing assistance to people caught up in conflicts and emergencies. While doing good work, there are added benefits, well deserved for someone like Debra-Lee, like being able to combine her two passions: France and helping others. Read about Debra-Lee's adventures and work with MSF as well as her experiences in France:

French desire and French Australia both support MSF. For more information about MSF and/or to find out how to donate so Debra-Lee and her colleagues can continue to their life-saving work, go to:

Properties in France for rent with historic links

In a recent facebook post, we told followers about a
medieval chateau for sale for 20 million euro but there are plenty of historic places you can stay during trips to France for a much more realistic price:

- the buttress of a 15th century church: 

- a restored rope mill in Burgundy:

- a 600 yo stone village house within the walls of an ancient village near the Carcassonne chateau: 

- a vineyard farmhouse used as a winepress:

- restored barns in the Dordogne:

- a room of a chateau where Napoleon once stayed:

- a moulin maison overlooking a river and castle:


Properties for sale in France (new and low priced)

In the heart of the bastide town of Monpazier in the Dordogne, this beautiful 17/18th century stone house has three spacious bedrooms, a large living / dining room with underfloor heating, french doors and exposed timber/stone and open-plan fitted kitchen opening out onto back courtyard area.

The house is located in a very touristic area, less than 45 mins from Bergerac. The bastide of Monpazier is a National Heritage Site and claims to be the best preserved bastide in the Dordogne. Its Place des Cornières, the location of the market is surrounded by marvellous 17th century houses and the streets of town are on a perfect grid. Price 276,500 euro.

If you are looking at the lower end of the market, the Limousin property is still for sale for 42,500 euros.

Monsieur Lazhar: new French Canadian movie

This new film released last week was nominated for Best Foreign film at this year's academy awards.   MONSIEUR LAZHAR tells a profoundly moving story about a group of schoolchildren coming to terms with the adult world well before their time, and the inspirational educator who transforms their lives. It is set in Montreal, after the beloved teacher of a Year 6 class abruptly passes away. Having learned of the incident, Bachir Lazhar, a 55 year-old Algerian immigrant, makes his way to the school and offers his services as a substitute teacher. While Lazhar helps the class get over their grief, nobody is aware of his painful past. We saw this movie on opening night - it is beautifully crafted and easy to see why it has received so many awards. You can view the trailer at: 

Recipe for salade lyonnaise (salad from Lyon)

Classic French bistrot fare, a salad with French bread (baguette), bacon/lardons and a poached egg (ouef) which is a speciality of, and takes its name from, the city of Lyon (going there for first time during our next trip, very excited!) - it would be a perfect meal to make for spring (printemps) here: 

Facts about autumn (automne) in France

While it is spring (printemps) here, it is autumn in France where festivities celebrate this season:
(see too popular facebook photo of autumn in Paris).

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