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French History Workshops

Intermediate B1 & higher level

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Discover key moments in French history that had a profound impact in France and around the globe.

A look at the most important events and people that made France what it is today. Discover interesting or surprising facts you probably did not know. Workshops will be in English but all names of events, locations, and personalities will be in French original.

Les faits surprenants de l'Histoire de France (Première partie)
Fri, Oct 26, from 5:30-7pm

Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

The Franks & their 1st king Clovis (481) - Paris is Capital of the Kingdom (509) Charles Martel stopped the Muslims (732) - Charlemagne, Emperor of the Occident (800) The birth of Normandy (911) - Hughes Capet creates the Capetian Dynasty (995) William the Conqueror goes to England (1066) - Louis VII leads the 2nd crusade (1147) - Notre Dame Philippe le Bel executes all Templars (Friday 13th, 1307) - Saint Louis & the Sainte Chappelle (1230) The 100 year war & Joan of Arc (1429) - Louis XI, king of unified France (1480) - Henry IV (1600) Louis XIV, the Sun King & Versailles - Louis XV, Mme de Pompadour & Comtesse Du Barry

Les faits surprenants de l'Histoire de France (Deuxième partie)
Fri, Nov 2, from 5:30-7pm

Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Lafayette and the American Revolution The French revolution: Danton, Robespierre, Marat and the “Sans culottes” Napoléon Bonaparte Napoléon III, the “Commune revolution”, Baron Haussmann, & the Impressionist painters La Grande Guerre (1914 - 1918) 1940: Vichy & the “Collaboration” - Charles de Gaulle - May 68

La Révolution Française - The French Revolution
Fri, Nov 30, from 5:30-7pm
Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

Fri, Dec 7, from 5:30pm-7pm
Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

Napoléon Bonaparte, or Napoleone Di Buenaparte in Corsican language, is one of the most famous people in history. But do you really know the man? Besides his military and strategy skills, as well as his love for luxurious items, there are other sides of the “petit corporal” that you could have missed. Did you know that he was not really short? Standing at 5’7, or 1.70 meters, he was average in height for the 18th century in Europe. Until the age of 17, “Napo” did not feel French at all, considering himself only a Corsican citizen. In this workshop, we will discover the true history of the infamous figure in French history.

Course Code: WKHIST
Led by Thierry Bidault
Price: $50 per workshop

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