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Commémorons la prise de la Bastille!

En 1880, la IIIe République choisi le 14 juillet comme fête nationale de la France, sous le symbole de la prise de la Bastille.

« La prise de la Bastille est provoquée par la concentration des troupes royales autour de Paris et de Versailles et, surtout, par le renvoi de Necker (11 juillet). La nouvelle, connue à Paris le 12, provoque la fermeture de la Bourse, tandis que des orateurs improvisés – tel Camille Desmoulins au Palais-Royal – annoncent une « Saint-Barthélemy des patriotes ». 

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My Library: Shauna

This week, we are wrapping up our second semester of French classes at Jefferson Market. After Saturday's class, we caught up with Shauna, one of the students.

What made you want to take a French class?

I've always loved languages and it's been a goal of mine to try to learn at least one or two languages fluently, in addition to English. Also: mon petit ami est français.

We are always glad to assist with romance! How did you end up taking the class here at the library?

I found out that the 

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The Ticketless Traveler: Paris in the Springtime

Paris in the Spring just sounds fantastic doesn’t it? It could be argued that adding "Springtime" to anything can make it sound lovely, just ask The Producers... though Paris alone is a good selling point. We can begin planning our trip of a lifetime by researching affordable travel deals in the most recent issues of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, full electronic access is available onsite at any 

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Subversive Imagination: The Short Circuits of José Saramago, 1922-2010

Authoritarian, paralyzing, circular, occasionally elliptical, stock phrases, also jocularly referred to as nuggets of wisdom, are malignant plague, one of the very worst ever to ravage the earth. We say to the confused, Know thyself, as if knowing yourself was not the fifth and most difficult of human arithmetical operations, we say to the apathetic, Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as if the brute realities of the world did not amuse themselves each day by turning that phrase on its head, we say to the indecisive, Begin at the beginning, as if that beginning were the 

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