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July 15, 2017 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on July 15, 2017.

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

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Molière at Toulouse


A n annonce, about an interesting event in France, and some thoughts about "culture in the provinces", in France & elsewhere --







And now a Note:

The provinces are rich in cultural events, in France. On any given Tuesday, in places far from Paris such as Toulouse, a tourist can find something going-on having to do with French history, art, music, philosophy, literature, the arts generally -- an exhibition, discussion, debate, screening... something...

Legends are many in France about this. One holds that all French roads and rail-lines lead to Paris -- and they once did, Gravier's famous book-title from 1947, "Paris et le désert français", illustrates that concern... Others maintain that the regions are bastions of all that remains of truly-French culture, "Paris" having become an estranged place long ago of alien values and globalized interests... Nationalisms and regionalisms periodically sweep the countryside too, earnestly trying to prove how alien each area is to the rest of the nation: Bretagne always-restless, Calais forever-english, Alsace and Lorraine and others wondering how germanic or swiss or spanish or italian various places "really" are... From the castle at Beynac at the center of the country you can stare down, across the river, upon lands which once were foreign, from a frontier bitterly-defended, and both Savoy and "Vichy" had their frontiers too.

But so much that is "France" today still is found outside Paris, the place the tourist visits and too often the only place he really knows. And now with The Digital and Globalization the case is renewed for "Global Cities", all inter-connected better than each is with its own hinterlands -- elites flitting constantly from Tokyo to Shanghai to Frankfurt, London, New York, Bombay, Berlin, who know such megacities well but never have visited a small town or farm or countryside or mountains nearby any of them. A busy hitech or biotech worker may think all she need know about understanding the French is Paris, and much is lost in that.

So visit the provinces -- Toulouse is different, Lyon strangely-so, attitudes in Marseille or Montpellier or Quimper or in smaller towns and villages can be key features of attitudes you run up against in a giant board-room in La Défense, and your negotiating-advantage lies in appreciating this... also, they're fascinating...

A trip down to Toulouse to see how "Molière" looks from that direction, then, or spotting the differences a Lyon curator may emphasize in a local "printing" exhibit about Etienne Dolet, or climbing up to Cathar castles, viewing the Vendée and remembering their revolutionary resistance, walking through tiny & grey & very-plain "Calviniste" churches in the Monts Lyonnais... There is more to France than just "Paris".







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