Category: sports

August 6th, 2009 by ptinfrance

barbie foosball table from france
From the latimes:

I’d seen pictures of this oddly unsettling Barbie Foosball (a.k.a. table soccer) table floating around the Internet for months, but figured theChloé Ruchon designed “Barbie-Foot” — the game is called “babyfoot” in France — was just a one-off piece of art created for the doll’s 50th birthday.

Then, just this morning, I received an e-mail informing me that: 1) said table is part of the current window installation at Colette in Paris, and 2) a supply of just nine of these limited-edition Barbie torture devices, manufactured by Bonzini, a French company that’s been making such contraptions since 1936, and are available through the store (though, as of this posting, I couldn’t find an online link to purchase the table).

The real kicker isn’t anywhere on the table, though — it’s the price tag. The perfect accessory for your Barbie Dream House will set you back a cool 10,000 euros. At current exchange rates that works out to just over $654 per player.

Take that, G.I. Joe.

— Adam Tschorn

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March 29th, 2009 by ptinfrance

french pole vaulter romain mesnil runs naked in paris
Not that you need another reason to love Paris, but I thought this would be an important addition to the list. Track athlete, Romain Mesnil, for some reason, decided to run naked in the streets of Paris with his … pole. Honestly, we don’t mind. If he needs some publicity, he should have it. Watch the video.

Posted in funny, nature, news, paris, people, sports, weird

December 30th, 2008 by ptinfrance

frozen lake ice skating

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything related to reasons why one should come to France, so I thought I’d mention L’ Etang de Frasne (The Frasne Pond) located in the region of Franche Comté. It’s actually a large pond or little lake, if you will – and a very good reason to visit it right now is so you can go ice skating on it.

Right now in France, it’s cold. Wicked cold, in fact. Temperatures this low would inspire many of you to stay indoors, wrap yourself with a warm blankie, grab a hot chocolate and sit in front of a crackling fire, which is nice and cozy and all – but, you might want to take advantage of the wonderful winter weather and go out aller patiner (to go ice skating). L’Etang de Frasne / The Frasne pond is completely frozen right now and waiting for you and your ice skates. There are a couple of frozen ponds near each other but with the longest one, L’etang de Frasne measures two kilometers (1.2 miles!) long. That gives you a bit of space, much more than if you went to a teeny ice rink. Afterward, you can have your hot chocolate and cuddle with a loved one next to a warm fire…

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[photo from le blog d’olif]

Posted in daily life, Franche-Comte, news, sports, tips, travel and places, travel tip

October 20th, 2008 by ptinfrance

horseback riding in the camargue marshland

Although there are many ways to explore the Camargue, France’s sprawling area of protected marshland, my personal recommendation would be to see it on horseback. That is, if you’re up for that kind of thing.

horseback riding in the camargue egrets

Because the Camargue is designated as a botanical and zoological nature reserve, it seems fitting to try to see it all the while respecting nature and the wildlife all around. I love riding and I’d been wanting to go horseback riding for ages, so this was the perfect opportunity, and for me, the perfect way to see the Camargue. If riding on a big animal’s back is not your cup of tea, you have many options: jeep safaris, organized tours, and my second choice for seeing the area, bicycling. With many areas of the Camargue being off-limits to motorized traffic plus the advantage of such a flat terrain, you’re good on bike. Hills will NOT be a problem. Hiking’s also a good choice but you must be in enormously great shape to cover a lot of ground, and to run away from charging wild bulls. Just kidding.

horseback riding in the camargue wild bulls
photo from Les Arnelles

Looking for places to rent a horse to ride will not be a problem; they are everywhere. Just check out the place and owners a bit and examine the health of the horses. We visited three places before choosing Les Arnelles. The people working there were great, the horses were well taken care of, and since we had specific areas we wanted to see, they let us customize our ride.

horseback riding in the camargue beach

If you plan on taking photos on horseback, I’d recommend bringing a small camera that you can use easily with one hand. I made the mistake of bringing my large camera, which is a little too clunky and heavy to use with one hand (carrying reins in the other hand), which is why I took very few pictures. Also, along the way, I lost my lens cover while we’d been galloping for a stretch. Doh!

NOTE: Don’t forget the mosquito repellent! Also try to bring some binoculars.

Les Arnelles
Route d’Arles
13460 Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer France
Tel: +33 (0)603 892 379 | +33 (0)686 601 515 | +33 (0)490 978 286
Website: Les Arnelles

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Posted in Bouche-du-Rhone, environment, nature, photos, Provence, sports, tips, travel tip

October 15th, 2008 by ptinfrance

From bbc:

Football matches in France will be called off immediately if spectators jeer during the French national anthem, says the country’s sports minister.

France’s national anthem was booed in Tuesday’s friendly win over Tunisia.

“Any match at which our national anthem is whistled at will be immediately stopped,” said Roselyne Bachelot.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said the booing was “insulting” and that in the event of a repeat it would be necessary “to call off matches”.

“It’s insulting for France, it’s insulting for the players of the French team, it should not be tolerated,” he added.

“I think we should stop the matches when the anthems, whichever they are, are booed.”

Two goals from Thierry Henry gave France coach Raymond Domenech a much needed boost in cementing a 3-1 win in Paris.

But the booing and whistling by some in the crowd – many of them Tunisian – as the French anthem was played infuriated France’s political establishment.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded an investigation into the matter.

President Sarkozy’s aides said he had summoned French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes following the “scandalous incidents which occurred at the Stade de France”.

Bachelot added: “Government members will immediately leave the arena where our national anthem has been whistled.

“When whistling of our national anthem happens, all friendly games with the country concerned will be suspended for a period yet to be determined by the federation president.”

Sports Minister Bernard Laporte has suggested that France no longer play friendlies against Maghreb region countries.

There have been similar problems in recent years in matches against Algeria and Morocco.

Friendlies against North African sides traditionally attract widespread support from sizeable immigrant communities in and around the French capital.

Some booed when the names of the French players were read out over the PA system before kickoff, reaching a crescendo for Hatem Ben Arfa, born in France to Tunisian parents.

Arfa opted to play for the country of his birth despite overtures from the Tunisian Federation.

“I’m not really angry with them,” said Ben Arfa. “It’s a bit of a shame but it’s not a major problem. They need to exist, you have to understand them.”

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August 20th, 2008 by ptinfrance

michael phelps and alain bernard

Previous dialogues: Sarkozy and Qaddafi, Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, Tom Hanks and Jean Reno, Daniel Balavoine and Francois Mitterrand, Florent Pagny, Zidane and Xavier Darcos

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July 13th, 2008 by ptinfrance

dialogue between florent pagny, zidane and xavier darcos
Known for his raspy voice and chart topping pop songs, Florent Pagny (left) sung his tax woes in the song, “Ma Liberté de Penser” (My freedom to think), and even though this happened long ago, France is rather merciless and never lets neither him nor anyone else forget about any of their past predicaments particularly if they involve stepping over legal lines.

Note: Xavier Darcos is France’s Education Minister (though it would’ve been more ironic if he’d been the Finance Minister…)


Posted in celebs, conversations, dialogue, education, music, people, sports

July 6th, 2008 by ptinfrance

le tour de france route 2008
The Tour de France began yesterday! I haven’t been paying attention. Oops. Here’s the route (above) and to see street views from Google, go here. For more information, check out the official website.

Related: Tour de France Today in the Dreaded Le Creusot, Tour de France Route on Google Earth, Le Tour de France or AuTour de la France?, Tour de France 2006 – The Route


Posted in cars/bikes/etc, events, news, sports

June 4th, 2008 by ptinfrance

line dancing in france paid for by taxpayers
Alrightee then. French tax payers will pick up the tab for people wanting to learn how to line dance in France. GA!

From timesonline:

“The French administration has moved to create an official country dancing diploma as part of a drive to regulate the fad. Authorised instructors who have been on publicly funded training courses will be put in charge of line dancing lessons and balls.

The rules, which come into force next year, come after the rapid spread of country and western in France, where an estimated 100,000 people line dance several times a week. Jean Chauveau, the chairman of the country section of the French Dance Federation, said: “It’s growing at a crazy rate. There are thousands of clubs and more are springing up all the time.”

He said the French shunned the square dancing that is popular among country and western fans in the United States because it involved physical contact. “They don’t want to take anyone by the hand or anything like that,” he said. But they were passionate about line dancing, where participants follow the steps without touching anyone else. “I think this corresponds to the individualism of our times,” Mr Chauveau said….

Mr Chauveau said the trend illustrated France’s “complicated and ambiguous” relationship with the United States. “We love American magic and the American dream,” he said. “But we hate Americans when we confront the hard reality of their behaviour throughout the world. We go for the cowboy hats but not George Bush.”

In a peculiarly Gallic approach to the phenomenon, French civil servants say line dancing should be submitted to the same rules as sports such as football and rugby. This means imposing training courses for line dancing teachers and a state-approved diploma for anyone who wants to give lessons or run clubs.

Amateur instructors will have to take 200 hours of training under the new rules. Professionals will get 600 hours, including such subjects as line dancing techniques, “the mechanics of the human body” and the English (or at least Texan) language. They will also learn how to teach line dancing to the elderly.

The cost of the courses, about €2,000 (£1,570) for the professionals and €500 for the amateurs, will be largely met by taxpayers. Mr Chauveau said the regulations highlighted the French state’s obsessive desire to organise all public activity. “France is the only country in Europe apart from Greece where sport is controlled through the state,” he said. “Line dancing is now ….”
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April 7th, 2008 by ptinfrance

As most people expected, Reporters without Borders did manage to get some attention during today’s Olympic torch relay in Paris protesting against China’s inhumane treatment of the people of Tibet. There was so much disruption everywhere that the last leg of the Paris torch relay was canceled.

eiffel tower reporters without borders olympic protest

notre dame paris reporters without borders olympic protest

notre dame paris reporters without borders olympic protest

Related: Photos from Paris Bloggers, Olympic Torch

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April 7th, 2008 by ptinfrance

Oui! We knew SOMETHING would happen.

From iht:

“What was supposed to be a majestic procession for the Olympic torch through the French capital was disrupted Monday as thousands of people from around Europe, many with Tibetan flags, massed to protest the passage of the flame, forcing police officers to bring the torch onto a bus to try to protect it and causing the torch to be extinguished at least once.

A police spokeswoman, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with policy, said the torch went out “for technical reasons” unrelated to the protests, without offering further clarification. CNN reported that the torch was extinguished at least twice amid the melee, and The Associated Press said officials were forced to extinguish the flame three times amid security concerns.

Despite tremendous security, at least two activists got within almost an arm’s length of the flame before they were grabbed by police officers, The AP reported. Officers tackled numerous protesters to the ground and carried some away.

It was yet another unscripted moment in the passage of the Olympic flame, and the second time in two days that the torch relay had been disrupted in a European capital.

Some 3,000 police officers in Paris — on foot, horseback, roller blades, motorbikes and even boats in the river Seine — tried to prevent a repeat of the scenes in London on Sunday, when the torch’s progression through the streets turned into a tumult of scuffles. One man broke through a tight security cordon in the London protests and made a failed grab for the torch, and 35 people were arrested…”

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Posted in cultural differences, events, news, paris, politics, sports

April 5th, 2008 by ptinfrance

From the daily mail:

“French President Nicholas Sarkozy will boycott the opening of the Beijing Olympics unless China opens dialogue with the Dalai Lama and frees political prisoners, a French minister told Le Monde today.
Secretary of State for Human Rights Rama Yade said these conditions were “indispensable” for Sarkozy to attend the opening of the Games.

His warning comes as Government security forces fired on crowds of civilians, killing at least eight people in the Tibetan area of western China.

Xinhua news agency said rioters attacked government offices in Garze, Sichuan province, on Thursday, leaving one official hurt and others seriously injured.

Sarkozy is set to announce his decision on the boycott after consulting with his European counterparts and will be speaking as current president of the European Union.

“Nevertheless, three conditions are indispensable for him to go: an end to violence against the population and the release of political prisoners, light to be shed on the events in Tibet and the opening of dialogue with the Dalai Lama,” Tibet’s spiritual leader, Ms Yade said.

France calls on China to undertake “a really constructive dialogue with the Dalai Lama”.

“These discussions should be about the recognition of Tibetan autonomy and the spiritual, religious and cultural identity of Tibetans,” she added.

The French minister said 132 Tibetan monks had been arrested last year for political reasons.

“At the moment, China practises a politics of…

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April 4th, 2008 by ptinfrance

for a better world france olympic badge
From AP:

“French athletes said Friday they want to be able to wear a badge marked ‘For a better world’ at the Beijing Olympics to show support for human rights in the wake of China’s crackdown in Tibet.

The athletes plan to lobby the International Olympic Committee for permission to wear the badge, a symbol of their attachment to principles they said China is not respecting.

About 20 former and current French athletes, some already qualified to compete in Beijing this August, attended the unveiling of the badge. It shows the Olympic rings, below the words “France” and “For a better world.”

The badge is the result of several weeks of reflection among athletes in France about how they should respond to the events in Tibet and the broader question of human rights in China…

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March 30th, 2008 by ptinfrance

olympic torch in greece
On the way to the Olympic Ceremony, the torch will makes its way all over the world. For what it’s worth, it’ll be in Paris on April 7. Mark your calendars.

I don’t believe it’s going to be an eventless moment in history because 1) this is France; and 2) the most awesome Reporters sans frontières / Reporters without Borders will surely make an appearance. If you were able to see the initial ceremony in Greece a week or so ago, you’ll remember that some fearless reporters without borders crashed the party to demonstrate against China, which is the largest world prison for freedom of expression and human rights, among other things.
reporters without borders 2008
Stay tuned. And in the meantime, get a T-shirt to show your support of Reporters Without Borders – and please sign the petition.

Links: Torch Cities

Posted in history, news, paris, politics, sports

August 28th, 2007 by ptinfrance

naked french rugby team calendar 2008

The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching, beginning September 5 in Paris. What better way to commemorate your favorite francophone rugbyman or in this case rugbymen than with a 2008 calendar of your French Rugby players all naked!?? Does it merit the name, “Dieux du Stade Calendrier 2008” (Gods of the Stadium, 2008 Calendar)? I think so.

Who’s on this calendar jam-packed with French rugby players showing off their best assets?

– Christophe Dominici
– David Skrela
– Rémy Martin
– Dimitri Szarzewski
– Clément Poitrenaud
– Vincent Clerc
– Nicolas Jeanjean
– Ignacio Corleto
– Sergio Parisse
– Mirco et Mauro Bergamasco
– Geoffroy Messina
– Julien Arias
– Marcello Bosch
– Loïc Jacquet

This year the calendar photos were shot by Steven Klein, well-known for his provocative images – for example, could the photo of Brad Pitt in a very short Greek skirt (for his film, Troy) be indelibly engraved in your memory? Klein has also shot Madonna for years as well as other stars and athletes.

Order one now (26.60 euros (about $36), free delivery in France)

[via Dieux du stade (in French)]

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August 9th, 2007 by ptinfrance

rollerman france

What do you get when you put 33 skate wheels strategically on a French guy’s body? Jean-Yves Blondeau aka Rollerman!

Watch Rollerman

Posted in people, sports

July 27th, 2007 by ptinfrance

gay rugby in paris
Tagline: Enjoy Rugby in the Capital of Love

I don’t think this ad wanted to intentionally alienate straight rugby fans but oh well. It’s a bold ad campaign that’s supposed to be funny, anyway. [in preparation for several World Cup matches around Paris – ads by] By the way, Rugby kicks off in September.

Posted in advertising & marketing, cultural differences, sports

June 1st, 2007 by ptinfrance

museum nightFrom Yahoo News:

“The Red Sea, Belize and the Cayman Islands are all scuba-diving hotspots, but what about Paris? As of Friday, would-be divers can take the plunge in the landlocked French capital, with a practice dip in a pool beneath the city’s most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower.

A dozen professional scuba instructors are offering one-on-one lessons in the heated, above-ground pool at the foot of the tower as part of an initiative to promote the sport among Parisians and visitors.

The lessons last about 30 minutes and include a how-to demonstration, safety lecture, as well as the swim. Wet-suits, scuba gear and a biodegradable towel are provided. The best part: it’s free.”

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February 4th, 2007 by ptinfrance

superbowl 41
Another Superbowl (the 41st to be exact) is upon us and I won’t be going to any snackalicious Superbowl parties. Wah! The (sort of) good news is that you can actually watch it live on French television on France 2. The fun begins at 10 minutes to midnight. Kickoff actually begins at 12:25am here but I think the French television programmers thought listing it after midnight looked too late. Maybe? Anyway, I’ll be awake but probably not watch it, and I don’t know anyone that gives a rat’s arse about it here. Tant pis. Yes, too bad, I say, because there could’ve been lots and lots and lots of yummies à la French food mixed with loud cheering, beer drinking and some American football action. Imagine the snacks I could have made! Would they have been massacred snacks? Me thinks YES.

Massacred French Recipe: Sept Couches Accompanées de Crackers (“crackers” in French is…crackers.)

This is just one made up Massacred French recipe (for my imaginary Superbowl party in France. How pathetic is that?) but the possibilities of butchering French and other recipes, are endless and fun. One example: Are you familiar with the 7-layer Mexican dip that is oftentimes present at these parties? I love those dips with big scoop dip size Fritos or corn tortillas. My version is probably more of a massacred Tex-Mex recipe with a French twist – because many ingredients for the actual recipe are not available in France. How ’bout a 7-layer dip that goes a little something like this:

1st layer: crème fraîche
2nd layer: snails! (ok, to be FANCY, let’s call them “escargots” sauteed in garlic butter. Don’t forget lots of fresh parsley)
3rd layer: Pureed Potatoes (first potatoes are put through a potato ricer, salt and peppered, fresh thyme added, and made creamy with…crème! of course.)
4th layer: Carmelized leeks and onions;
5th layer: Roquefort cheese
6th layter: Walnuts
7th layer: Chopped fresh figs.

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnd voila! Sept Couches Accompanées de Crackers. How massacred is that? There’s more where THAT came from. Stay tuned.

Have fun Superbowl snacking, everyone. May the team you’re rooting for win! I’m rooting for winning snacks.

[related: Superbowl in France]

Fun Superbowl Facts & Trivia
1. 8 million lbs. of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
2. 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole.
3. 6% of Americans call in sick the Monday after Super Bowl.
4. The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
5. More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick’s Day).
6. 35% of people who attend the game right it off as a corporate expense.
7. Super Bowl fans spend more than $50 million on food during the 4 days prior to the super bowl.
8. The Dolphin Stadium in Miami has vomitoriums.

[Read more fun Superbowl facts at Yumsugar]

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January 11th, 2007 by ptinfrance

Salon du Mariage – January 12, 13, 14
Rub shoulders with celebs Eva Longoria (marrying Tony Parker) and Jeri Ryan who are planning their summer weddings in France. Actually I have no idea if they’ll be at this salon; I think they might have already planned everything. Who knows. Anyway, Maybe you’re planning your day to tie the knot in France? This salon helps you plan your perfect Parisian style big day even if you do decide to wear that black wedding gown.

Wedding Salon
Carrousel du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris France
admission: 10 €
Tel: 33 (0)
Website: Le Salon du mariage au carrousel du Louvre

Puces de la Cité (Antiques Market) – January 14
You’ll definitely find the famed porcelain of Limoges, the capital of Limousin here but on the 2nd Sunday of every month, you’ll also find their huge antiques market. It is one that rivals some of the very famous antiques markets in France, and is worth a peek if you’re into antiques.

Puces de la Cité (Antiques Market) at the la Cathédrale Saint-Étienne
Place de la Cathédrale (the the town center)
Limoges France
Tel: 33 (0) (Limoges Tourist Office)
Hours: 8am to 6pm

The 12th Annual Megève Polo Masters – January 18 – 21
Called “ski joëring,” this is the equestrian sport on a snowy playing field. Some of the world’s best polo players show up in Megève for this exceptional event. There is a total of six teams. Since we’re having such a mild winter, I’m not sure if there’s snow in Megève (in the French Alps) right now. If all goes well, try to attend this unusual sport in a few weeks. Check their website regularly or contact the tourist office.

The 12th Annual Megève Polo Masters
La Plaine d’Arly
Megève France
Website: Megeve Tourist Office
70, rue Monseigneur Conseil BP 24
74120 Megève France (Tourist Office)
Tel: 33 (0)

Le Salon Du Meuble / Furniture Fair – January 20 – 25
Tired of the same ole furniture from Ikea or the ugly expensive furniture everywhere? Do you have a Clic Clac? Pressed board white shelves? Plastic anything? Yuck. Get rid of it!!! Go find something nice at this furniture fair. Please remember to consider the materials that your furniture is made of. Some materials can be toxic to you in your home and then for the environment. Choose wisely. The show usually attracts about 40,000 visitors and the exhibitors come from all over the world, representing 50 countries. (60% French, 40% International)

Le Salon Du Meuble / Furniture Fair
Porte de Versailles
Paris France
Admission: 10 € (for the day) (to visit extra days see the website)
Tel.: 33 (0)
Website: Le Salon du Meuble
More information: Download the brochure (pdf)

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August 3rd, 2006 by ptinfrance

Despite the popularity of the head butt song and the lingering head butt madness, Zidane will nevertheless remain a hero in most fans’ eyes – as he should. (To others, I’m afraid, he’ll simply be indelibly marked as the French head butt footballer.)

For the many that followed Zidane’s career, the red card finale during the World Cup was probably not a shocking event, as they were well familiar with his previous reactions to provocation. Fortunately, they know that is not the whole of Zidane; he’s capable of being a soft spoken reasonable and intelligent man, they know he’s from a banlieue in Marseille, a common background millions of French people can relate to; they know he has overcome many obstacles in France particularly as a French born to immigrant parents, but mostly, they know him as the brilliant athlete that he is.

This most recent film about Zidane, Zidane, Un Portrait Du 21ème Siècle (Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait) by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon (and Darius Khondji as Director of Photography, the Iranian-born Frenchman who shot Delicatessen and Se7en) is a portrait of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Zidane. Inspired by the film depicting the Brazilian legend, Garrincha, the filmmakers re-invented the study and struggles of a talented but oppressed underclass black player from Brazil, and went to work on a similar yet unique documentary of Zidane.

Using 17 cameras, both HD and super35mm, the footage is shot over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villareal. The documentary is said to be an ode to the loneliness of an athlete, an immersion into the psyche of a sports legend that also illustrates the physical grace and resilience of the human body.

Zidane, Un Portrait Du 21ème Siècle, a 90-minute documentary, premiered in Cannes just a couple of months ago, and will be making its British premier on August 19 & 22 for the Edinburgh International Film Festival (and hits the public screens a week later in England).

The documentary is already screening in France at the following theaters (08/02/2006 to 08/08/2006):

Studio Galande – 42 Rue Galande – 75005 – Paris – Tél: – 08/02/2006 to 08/08/2006

Mk2 Hautefeuille – 7 Rue Hautefeuille – 75006 – Paris – Tél: – 08/02/2006 to 08/08/2006

L’Entrepot – 7 Et 9 Rue Francis De Pressense – 75014 – Paris – Tél:

Majestic – 12 Place Chevert – 55100 – Verdun – Tél:

A very short trailer is here.

[via comme au cinema and antville]

Posted in people, sports, tv and movies

July 29th, 2006 by ptinfrance

frenchcanthrowersIf aluminum cans could replace basketballs, these guys would be the next Tony Parkers in France.

Watch this fun video of some French guys throwing cans. (at YouTube)

It’s so much more entertaining than it sounds.

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July 10th, 2006 by ptinfrance

Zinedine Zidane!

Now, if that isn’t insane, ironic and hilarious, I dunno what is.

Zidane élu meilleur joueur du Mondial
Le Français Zinédine Zidane a été désigné meilleur joueur du Mondial 2006 par la Fédération internationale de football (FIFA).


Not saying he doesn’t deserve it. He does!! But it’s still insane! (given yesterday’s redcard). Is FIFA feeling guilty? This is so awesome!

[related: FIFA 2006 World Cup Controversies]

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July 10th, 2006 by ptinfrance

zidaneRemember how I said that I heart Football? I still do actually, despite Italy’s World Cup win over France. Why? Good TV. Dirty Sports. No real rules.

It’s weird to hear people moan about Zidane’s headbutt and how disgraceful that was. Call me crass, but THAT was good TV! (I love that guy no matter what. Puh-leeeze: Team Italia IS evil. This was his very LAST chance of doing something he’s probably always wanted to do during his entire career. Now he can retire completely unfrustrated. No regrets.) And c’mon, how frustrated were the French players against the royal king of cheaters, aka the Italian Team? Not to mention too, how blatantly PAID OFF was that dirty referee?

Try to think back all the way to….LAST NIGHT. How many weird and false ref calls were to the advantage of the Italians? And, how many ignored fouls and off side calls were to the advantage of …the Italians?


I WOULD consider Italy a good team except for the fact that they CHEAT! Their fake falls, trips, wahhhhh-I-hurt-my-head/ankle/leg/mouth/arm/knee/butt/anything cries (when no one actually touched them) is crazyridiculousshite. And their hard (unfake) dirty fouls on opponents (elbowing, jersey-grabbing, tripping, real hurting – I swear Thierry Henry played with a concussion) is pure dishonorable sportsmanship. It makes me angry and it makes me laugh. It is deplorable – but it is entertaining.

Lastly: I’d read about how FIFA will not allow replay technology into the World Cup (to definitively determine whether a goal is scored or not, or whether a call was just or not.) They want to stick with the “reliability” of the referees’ eyes. Uh. WHY?! Duh, I’ll spell it out: BRIBE ABILITY. How difficult would it be to work a payoff deal using indisputable reviewing technology? Answer: Very.

Of course, the referee on the field did not even see the famous Zidane headbutt, but was told about it later – upon which time the ref, Senore-Bribe-me-and-I’ll-see-anthing, who didn’t even witness the deed, decided to redcard Zizou.

Weren’t your eyes GLUED to the TV?

How much sense does this make? If it makes no sense, THAT’S what I’m talking about!

[related: 2006 FIFA World Cup Controversies]

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July 9th, 2006 by ptinfrance

Keeping with the spirit of World Cup, I’m posting a photo of a chocolate football and chocolate cleats. They both look life size and I would’ve gone into the shop but it was a day they were closed! This would be a great centerpiece for a World Cup Finals party. (Click on the photo to enlarge it)
chocolate soccer ball
Remember to catch tonight’s game, the World Cup finals with France vs. Italy. Allez Les Bleus!

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July 8th, 2006 by ptinfrance

allez les bleus
Support France by posting a message on the traffic panels around Paris. Please. Don’t distract drivers too much. Short and simple messages work best. Avoid shameless plugs (oops).

To post your message to the traffic panels, go to the Paris website below. (submit your post before 4pm Sunday) Allez!

Post Your Message Here

[via 3couleurs]

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July 5th, 2006 by ptinfrance

I was growing very fond of the goalkeeper on the Portuguese team (RICARDO RULES!) – Did you see him leave his goal to help out his team in the last minutes of the game? You gotta love that guy.

But! France moves on to the finals of the World Cup and I’m happy about that! (Though I didn’t find their performance all that great. gasp! Sorry.)

Next up (Sunday): France vs. Italy!!!

Félicitations Les Bleus!

les bleus stamps

Also, these special edition stamps were just released yesterday, which was a fairly ballsy move on the part of La Poste. I guess they were more than confident of today’s result. For more information on the new postage stamps, visit the Stamp Boutique.

[related: More Football Stamps in France]

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July 2nd, 2006 by ptinfrance

z for zidane store
While we’re on the subject of football and Les bleus, here’s a store I saw recently that sells children’s clothing. The brand is called “Z” and so are their stores. It looked like they’d capitalized on the success of the French team during the 1998 World Cup. So, they logically went from just “Z” to “Z Like Zidane.” (I could be wrong here; I’m just guessing.) That’s all well and good. No probs with that.

zinedinezidane What I do have an issue with is his life-size photo on the store window.

Is that the scariest, mugshot-serialkiller, most maniacal, uncool, run-for-your-life pose of Zidane, ever?

He is usually projected as a good guy, a cool and very kind, happy-go-lucky and friendly athlete. That’s a good role model for little kids.

Maybe I’m wrong; I’m not a kid anymore, and so perhaps scary is the new cool.

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July 1st, 2006 by ptinfrance

thierryhenry Another huge congrats to les bleus for their win against Brazil. It was a fun game to watch and I scared poor Lulu because I was making so much noise. I’m sad to see Brazil eliminated, but it was very cool to see cutie pie Thierry Henry make the winning score for France. Next up, France v. Portugal. To me, this means France will move on to the finals to play either Germany or Italy.

Sadly and serendipitously, the World Cup has eclipsed the opening day of La Tour de France and all of the scandal behind that thing. More on that later…

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June 24th, 2006 by ptinfrance

No one expected it but Les Bleus won against Togo by the necessary 2 points! They now can proceed on to the next round of the World Cup.

I was at a meeting with our environmental group so I missed practically all of the game. I did, however, notice that some people quietly tip-toed out to *cough* *ahem* “go somewhere important” right before the start time of the match.

It reminded me of that commercial on TV, where two people are on a date at a restaurant and the guy excuses himself because he gets a call on his cel phone. He says, “Sorry, work.” Then leaves the room to watch the football game.

I don’t blame them; it was probably a pretty good match 😀

Related: I Think I Heart Football

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