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Ready for a refresher on the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo? This is the episode that will have you see the Cathedral in a whole new light!This is the transcript page for the Join Us in France episode about the Hunchback of Notre Dame. How much do you remember about the story of the Hunchback? Ready for a refresher before you go visit Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris? This is it!Did you know that the Cannes Film Festival had humble and even scary beginnings? In today's episode we look back at how history gave this festival it's unique French flavor and discuss early winners because we love movies! Love him or hate him (French people in his day loved him), Voltaire made a huge impact on French history and culture. But what did he stand for exactly?This week on Join Us in France Annie digs into the history of secularism and free speech in France as it relates to the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher Grocery store terror attacks . Knowing a little history will explain a lot about a place, and in this instance, the events unfolding in France in January 2015 make no sense whatsoever without understanding the historical context. Why did so many French people take to the streets? Why are the French police now arresting people who just want to be heard too? Is it simple backlash? Is it rampant racism? Or is it compliance to French law and why is the law the way it is?July and August in France: French people love their "grandes vacances". The whole country slows down because French people go on vacation. Which parts of France will be deserted and which parts will get mobbed? You can avoid unpleasant surprises by learning how French people operate on vacation in this episode. Being in a foreign country where you don't speak the language well can be a challenge for anyone, but in France it doesn't have to be. French people are accommodating to visitors who are not fluent in French, on one condition: learn a few words!