Amazon Smile: How you can help!

Amazon, the online shopping powerhouse, is known for its online shopping, as well as it’s relatively fast delivery service, Amazon Prime.

Yet, even with the well known delivery time, the company took their current reputation up with their latest idea: Amazon Smile… just in time for Black Friday and other holidays!

Amazon Smile is an edition of Amazon, though there’s a catch– Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of an individuals purchase to a public charity of your choice! Amazon Smile can be used with an existing Amazon account, lists such as  Wish lists, wedding or baby registries, and other settings will remain the same and aren’t affected.
When making a purchase, if opting to donate, a person may pick between a list of registered charities who accept Amazon Smile.

One charity that is accepting donations is… the Franco-American Centre!

Any further information wanted on Amazon Smile can be found at:


Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is a holiday that involves heavy advertising, along with an intense race to grab the latest bottle from around the world.

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Halloween in France and Belgium

October 31st: the time of year where children dress up in costumes, going out with friends, or parents, around the neighborhood knocking on doors and receiving a trick…. Or a treat! Halloween is a unique holiday, where kids, and adults, get to enjoy something sweet while spending time together in amusing or silly costumes alike. Read the rest of this entry »

Mardi Gras, a history

L’histoire du Mardi Gras

By: Alexandre Curran – intern and guest blogger

(English version below)
L’histoire du Mardi Gras est antérieure à l’église catholique par des centaines d’années. Il y a deux fêtes romaines anciennes que les historiens ont actuellement tracé l’origine du Mardi Gras à, Saturnalia et Lupercalia (History Channel, 2010). La fête des Saturnales a été célébrée du 17 décembre au 23 décembre du calendrier julien (environ du 30 décembre au 5 janvier du calendrier grégorien). Pendant ce temps, un prêtre fera un sacrifice au dieu Saturne au Temple de Saturne. Après le sacrifice, un banquet public a eu lieu au Forum romain, suivi d’une célébration de cadeaux en privé, de fête et d’un carnaval-renversement sur les normes sociétales romaines, où le jeu est maintenant permis et les maîtres devraient fournir Services de table pour leurs esclaves.

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Merci et au Revoir

We at the FAC are very lucky to have amazing interns who work with us.  We strive to create a rich, creative and fun work environment for them and all of our volunteers.  Below is a post from one of our most recent interns, Rebecca Leboeuf, currently a sophomore at SNHU.  Thank you Rebecca!


Merci et au Revoir

By Rebecca LeBoeuf rebeccaleboeuf

My internship experience at the Franco-American Centre (FAC) meant more to me than 150 hours worth of work that translated to three credits towards my degree. It was an entirely new experience for me and an opportunity for me to utilize what I have learned in the classroom in the real world.

I have just completed my sophomore year at Southern New Hampshire University where I am pursuing a communication degree with a double minor in graphic design and professional writing. The Communication Internship at the FAC was my first internship, and one that I will always remember.

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French Adventures: The class that’s always on a field trip!

submitted by FAC Special Events Coordinator Jo-Ann Belanger

Jo-Ann Bélanger has an MSEd and is a 23 year career French teacher. She is a dedicated FAC joannbelangervolunteer who currently heads our French Adventures classes and organizes trips and other special events for members and guests.



French Adventures is literally an adventure in learning. Each month participants of all ages join together at different locations around the state to learn a few words in French and tour an area learning something new. The goal of this class is to whet the appetites of folks who want to learn a few words in French but not commit to an actual class. Then, all have the option of taking a full class with one our amazing instructors in our language program. There is no enrollment fee and each class is “pay as you go”. Discounted rates apply for FAC members and families.


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Une Légende Franco-Américaine

Submitted by Joshua Barrière.ACA

Joshua is a native of New Hampshire, Pinardville, currently studying at Laval University in Quebec.

J’aimerais d’abord remercier le Centre franco-américain de m’avoir permis d’écrire un petit billet pour leur blogue. Ensuite, je vais me présenter. J’ai grandi à Pinardville dans le New-Hampshire et j’ai été diplômé de Goffstown Area High School en 2012. L’année suivante, je suis rentré à l’Université Laval où j’ai terminé mon baccalauréat en français, langue seconde avec une concentration en études littéraires. Maintenant, je fais ma maîtrise en études littéraires à la même université. Mon mémoire de maîtrise porte sur les correspondances d’Yvonne Le Maître, journaliste pour plusieurs journaux franco-américains dont L’Étoile et Le Travailleur. D’ailleurs s’il y en a parmi vous qui ont des renseignements sur Yvonne Le Maître que vous jugez importants à me donner, vous pouvez m’appeler au (418) 265-9543.

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Welcome to the new FAC Blog!



*Vous trouverez la version française de ce blog après la version anglaise.


Welcome to the newest addition to the Franco-American Centre’s offerings – Our Blog.  It will feature varied articles on topics related to French and Franco-American culture submitted by several columnists – both local and abroad.

I am pleased to be launching our new blog as we start March – International French Month.

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Seasonal fun at the FAC!

The Franco-American Centre is busy getting some fun and exciting activities for the next few weeks.  Take a look at what is coming up!

Joe Deleault and the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio

French Adventures at the Aviation Museum

Cinema class

Speakers Series

Fashion Show

Beaujolais Nouveau Gala and Wine Pairing

French Adventures celebrates the Holidays

Soiree de Noel

FAC August Fun!

The FAC has a lot going on this month.  Take a look!

August FAC Fun

March 13th Celebration activities in Concord for Francophonie Month

Friday March 13th, is a special day during The Franco-American Centre’s month-long Francophonie celebration.

At 2:00 p.m. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will issue a special proclamation recognizing the ongoing importance of French in NH. This event will take place in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House in Concord and is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the Governor’s Proclamation, there will be a reception hosted by the Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation.

At 5:00 p.m., events move to the Red River Theater (11 S. Main St.) The Gilbert Foundation will award prizes and screen the winning videos for the Inaugural “Concours Vidéo de langue française.” This contest called upon high school students to produce a creative, original video responding to the prompt “Why should 21st Century Students Study French?” («Est-ce que les étudiants du 21me siècle ont besoin d’apprendre le français? »)

Following the Concours awards and video screenings, in collaboration with the NH Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, Le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques and the Délégation du Québec à Boston, join us for a special presentation of Un rêve américain (An American Dream). The film documents Damien Robitaille’s journey of discovery, as he traces French-Canadian heritage in the United States.

After the movie, there will be a question and answer session with the writer and producer Claude Godbout.

Check out the trailer (there will be English subtitles for our viewing):



The Franco-American Centre on Flickr

DSC_1451_CINEMAThe Franco-American Centre has an account on Flickr, the photo-sharing website. Check out our images from recent events!

French Language Video Contest on YouTube

The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and the Franco-American Centre present the Concours Vidéo de langue française 2015. Winning entries in this French language video contest will be awarded prizes and a showing at the Red River Theatre in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 13, 2015. See our announcement on YouTube and our rules below for how to participate.

Required Forms (print, fill out, and submit according to contest rules)

Contest Rules
Content Requirements and Evaluation

1)    Entries must demonstrate a response to the following prompt: “Why should 21st Century students study French?”

2)    The length of the video must be within 60 to 120 seconds (1-2 minutes)

3)    All videos must be in French.

4)    There are 2 contest categories: High School and Adult.  Please note submission category.

5)    Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:

a. Content (including at least 3 documentable facts re: French language or culture)
b. Language use (i.e. vocabulary, pronunciation, diction)
c. Video quality (i.e. technical quality – clear video and audio)
d. Creativity (i.e. interesting/engaging approach to the prompt)


6)    Prizes will be presented for each category as follows:

a.    One (1) First Place: $ 300.00
b.    One (1) Second Place: $ 200.00
c.    One (1) Third: $ 100.00

7)    Awards will be presented and winning entries will be shown at the Red River Theater in Concord, NH on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the showing of the film “Un Rêve Américain”.

Submission Requirements

8)    The URL for all video entries must be posted as a comment to the official contest YouTube video.

9)    There is no entry fee to participate.

10)    The entrants video description must include the following:

a.    Entrant’s name
b.    School name (for high school submissions)
c.    City, state
d.    Title of video

11)    All portions of the online entry/release form must be completed prior to posting the video to YouTube for your video to be eligible. Forms can be sent to the Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire in two ways:

a.    Emailed to
b.    Sent via US Mail to: Franco-American Centre, 100 Saint Anselm Drive #1798, Davison Hall, Manchester, NH 03102-1310

12)    Entries may be posted to YouTube starting on February 9, 2015 at 10 A.M eastern time.  The deadline for submissions is 11:59 P.M. eastern time on March 6, 2015. Winner(s) will be announced no later than Thursday, March 6, 2015.

13)    No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

14)    No professional assistance is allowed.  Entrant’s families and friends may assist with production, but are limited to verbal guidance only.  Family and friends are allowed to be actors or cameramen, but not content contributors.

15)    Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States.  Content must not  1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire

16)    The judges’ decision is final.

17)    The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins.  Neither The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation nor The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire will pay filmmakers additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.

18)    Entrants grant The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.

19)    Entrants also grant The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.

20)    The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire maintain the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.

21)    By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold The Euclide Gilbert French Language Foundation and The Franco-American Centre of New Hampshire employees and volunteers harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.

22)    Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.


Règlements du concours
Critères de contenu et d’évaluation

1)    Les soumissions doivent répondre à la question suivante : «Est-ce que les étudiants du 21me siècle ont besoin d’apprendre le français? »

2)    La vidéo doit durée entre 60 et 120 secondes (entre 1 et 2 minutes).

3)    La vidéo doit être en français.

4)    Les 2 catégories sont : étudiants d’école secondaire et adultes.

5)    Les critères dévaluation seront :

a)    La vidéo doit contenir au moins 3 faits saillants sur la langue française, la culture, etc.
b)    Les compétences linguistiques.  C.-à-d., le vocabulaire, la prononciation et l’élocution.
c)    La qualité de l’audio-visuelle.  C.-à-d., la qualité de l’image et du son.
d)    La créativité : est-ce que la vidéo est intéressante, que l’approche à la question est engageante?

Attribution des prix

6)    Pour chaque catégorie, les prix consistent en :

a)    Premier prix de 300$
b)    Deuxième prix de 200$
c)    Troisième prix de 100$

7)    Les lauréats et les vidéos seront dévoilés avant la représentation du film « Un rêve américain » au Red River Theater à Concord au New Hampshire le vendredi 13 mars, 2015 à 17 heures.


A PDF copy of the rules can be downloaded here: YT_Contest Rules_rev15_0202_TB_with translation (please note that the deadline has changed to March 6th, 2015)

The YouTube announcement of this contest:

extended to 11:59pm on March 6th 2015

Mardi Gras Célébration on February 17th

The Franco-American Centre’s Mardi Gras Célébration will occur on  Tuesday, February 17th from 6–9pm at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester.  Live music from Joe Deleault and the Reel Tuckermans will begin at 7pm.

Buy a Mardi Gras Bracelet in support of the Centre to be entered for prizes, raffles and more! Please enjoy half-off appetizers and drinks from 6–7pm.

Laissez les bons temps Rouler!

For more information:
FAC Office: 603.641.7114

Cinéma Français, Printemps 2015

Cinéma Français, Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015)

The Franco-American Centre is pleased to announce its Cinéma Français course being offered during Spring Semester 2015. The theme this semester is “Extraordinary Personal Strength.”

Each film is preceded by a brief presentation of key concepts and followed by group discussion of how the film relates to the theme.  All films are in French with English subtitles.  Presentations and discussions are in English.

Key Details:
DATES: Wednesdays, February 18, March 18, April 15
TIMES: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Dana Center Lecture Hall, Saint Anselm College

REGISTRATION: May be done at door of first class (cash or check, please)
CLASS TUITION (which includes all three films and class discussions) is $15/non-members and $10/FAC members.  Saint Anselm College and FAC French students may enroll at no cost.

For more details, call the FAC office at 603-641-7114.

February 18
Louis Cyr: L’homme le plus fort du monde (“Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World”)
This moving biopic is the story of Louis Cyr, who at one time was the strongest man in the world.  The movie brings Cyr from his early life as a shy French Canadian working in a textile mill to the fame and glory of being renowned as the strongest man in the world.  Guest lecturer Robert Perreault will add unique insights to Cyr’s journey.

March 18
Le métis de Dieu (“The Jewish Cardinal”)
The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group.  Guest lecturer Msgr Charles Desruisseaux will provide cultural background.

April 15
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (“A Very Long Engagement”)
Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is told that her fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) has been killed in World War I. She refuses to believe this, however, and begins trying to find out what actually happened on the battlefield the night he was supposedly killed, enlisting the help of a private investigator. During her search, she stumbles across evidence of the inhumane and morally bankrupt system used by the French to deal with deserters, and hears from other men who were sentenced to extreme punishment.