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Art de Vivre literally means the art of living. In this page, you can read articles about French lifestyle, clichés, and the thoughts of a French woman plunged in the Australian culture.

 

FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

 

In the news over the past few months, or more recently in Australia, you have certainly noticed the importance that politics generates for French people, and with good reason…

2016 and 2017 have been full of rebounds in politics especially with the Presidential elections but also due to the multiple terrorist attacks that have impacted the hearts of French people even on the other side of the planet.

So a few of my Australian friends started to ask questions about French politics. Before getting to the heart of the matter, I want to make a point about the fact that I haven’t studied politics, I’m just interested even sometimes passionate about the topic, curious and most of all realising with age how important it is for me to feel invested in politics, in my professional life or in my personal life, to fight for what I believe to be fair and for my convictions. Also, I’m not a journalist, just a woman who loves words and shares her doubts, her certainties, her fears. For a long time I wanted to be a journalist but decided finally to turn to communication and advertising. In a nutshell, all this to tell you that I’m not the right one to give you a judicious and in-depth political analysis however I’m glad to share and highlight the main points of these elections for you.

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IS THE FRENCH WOMAN FEMINIST?

 

The 8th of March was International Woman’s Day and this year I must tell you that I was in two minds about the idea of this day. Not that I am not for valuing women and being reminded that women are still victims of inequalities in our “modern” societies but rather because I am sad to notice that we need a day each year to remember that as women we are a part of this world. Shouldn’t we extend this day to the other 364 days of the year?

ELEGANCE OF THE HEART

 

“Without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.” Yves Saint-Laurent

A recent event in my life made me think about a topic dear to my heart that I like to call the “elegance of the heart” and more precisely between women. Quickly, I sadly noticed that some women have the bad habit of judging each other, gossiping, telling lies, always wanting to be in competition with other women. Let me tell you something, IT IS JUST SO INELEGANT, a perfect way to “unlady” yourself.

PARIS MON AMOUR

 

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Ah Paris, seeing Paris again always makes me feel good, city that I’ve been desperately in love with for years. However it’s in Marseille where I grew up, second largest city in France in the South, capital of soccer, in eternal “foot-ballistic” competition with Paris, a strong rivalry that I have to admit sometimes becomes ridiculous. Parisians always envy our sun that they come to borrow in summer, grumbling about our occasional casualness and a bit about the “show-off” attitude.

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A DATE? DO YOU KNOW THAT FRENCH DON'T DATE?

 

How are relationships in Melbourne made between men and women?

When I came to Australia I was single, ready to explore the Australian world of singles and let me be very honest with you to enjoy this period of my life. So I used this time of my life as a period of research and investigation to understand the complexity of a relationship. However, my life is much more simple now. I found my perfect Man and as a French woman, I totally needed to have a man with a European background to simplify my life. Let me tell you that my single life in Australia on my arrival was far from being simple yet it was definitely funny sometimes. Now, I listen the stories of my French single friends and I was quite relieved to hear that I was not the only one to be intrigued by a relationship between a man and a woman in Australia.

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Bon appétit with Gabriel Gaté

I had the pleasure of meeting Gabriel Gaté a few times and it's with pleasure that I share his recipes with you. 

BOUILLABAISSE FISH STEW

CHICKEN WITH CHAMPAGNE & MUSHROOM SAUCE

PROVENCAL VEGETABLE CAKE

SAVOIE SPONGE CAKE

 

 

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This is the adventure of a Frenchwoman who has decided to expand her life after 10 years in the French event management industry. After a lot of travels, I decided to settle in Melbourne, the fashion city of excellence in Australia.

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