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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?A history of Paris seen through the lens of dance and dance halls in FranceIn the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, Annie asks why is secularism so important in France. What you need to know about July and August in France. 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!Are French people rude or just unfriendly? And is there any truth to the ugly American stories? Listen to this episode to brush up on ways to make French people smile at you with a twinkle of delight in their eyes instead of a scowl!Do you think it's important to find out a little bit about a country before you visit? Annie and Elyse certainly do and that's why you should listen to this podcast!