Category Archives: Sports

Il fait plus qu’il ne le faut

For years, I’ve enjoyed a page-a-day calendar from New York’s Metropolitan Museum. Recently, there was a remarkable photograph of two fencers – or was it one fencer in time lapse? I used to fence and I know how difficult it … Continue reading

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Une victoire par K-O

French boxer Marcellin “Marcel” Cerdan was born on July 22, 1916 in Algeria when it was a French colony. His professional career began in Morocco with a victory that started a streak of 47 consecutive wins that lasted for over four … Continue reading

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En boucle

This was a huge weekend for French sports. Le Tour de France is in full swing, and under-dog Marion Bartoli won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Born in the village of Haute-Loire, her idol as a teen was Pete … Continue reading

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La Grande Boucle

The Tour de France, that mythic bike race that crisscrosses France, turns 100 this year. Drug scandals aside, this is an athletic tour de force. The French Senate, which is located within the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, is marking … Continue reading

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Une patinoire

There’s a new holiday event in Paris this year. For the first time ever, the Grand Palais has installed a huge skating rink under the central glass dome from now until January 6, 2013. It’s actually the biggest temporary skating … Continue reading

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Vivre en forme

French racing cyclist Jeannie Longo was born on October 31, 1958. At the age of 54, she’s still competing and is one of the cycling greats of all time. Longo has competed in seven Olympics games, from 1984 to 2008. In … Continue reading

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L’essentiel ce n’est pas d’avoir vaincu mais de s’être bien battu

The International Olympic Committee was formed on June 23, 1894. The driving force behind the not for profit NGO was Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin.  The Baron wanted to restore international harmony and cooperation through resurrecting the ancient games. The … Continue reading

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