France’s libraries discovering a new lease of life beyond just books

Workshops, events, exhibitions, training courses and encouraging public participation in their management have become part of libraries’ roles. In some you may talk without whispering, use a phone, eat and even play computer games. Reading has become a source of sociability and the books on offer are supposed to encourage “social cohesion”. This trend towards […]

A quick guide to speaking Franglais

Of course, this is not to say it is a linguistic one-way street – English has in fact historically adopted many words from the French language. Today, however, French speakers seem to use the nifty formula of adding ‘ing’ to an English word for coining terms for many new concepts and products. “Le brushing” for […]