For lovers of France and the French Language in Huddersfield and the surrounding area

Vivement la fin du confinement - on est presque là

Hello French Circle Members and other Francophiles


Our meeting in May was, as is the case every year, the only meeting we hold entirely in English

It was our AGM and first of all it was time for all the usual official business of review of the past year, officers’ reports, finance and so on.

The existing committee agreed to stay in place to continue the work of the Circle, the finances are in reasonable enough shape and members have supported the Circle through the difficulties of the last year through their attendance at Zoom presentations.  Thanks were expressed to all the speakers of the past year, both members and invited speakers, including two French nationals.


As a break in the two sections of this meeting (we normally have a ‘pause vin et fromage’ at this stage), we watched a short film clip about the flower growers, arrangers and arrangements at the Chateau de Chenonceau. What skilled people we saw as they made huge floral creations designed to impress but not out-do the architecture of the castle, which the head florist referred to always as ‘le monument’.


After the film, we continued to the second part of our meeting which is to discuss ideas for the coming year. It has been so difficult to make plans lately, but we very much hope that come September we shall be able to meet again in person, at Huddersfield Town Hall - second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.


A number of suggestions as to possible speakers were put forward and Christine Hughes, the Circle’s Programme Secretary, will now set about putting the programme for the 2021/2022 year in place.


In the meantime, as we normally watch a film during June, we will do this again on Wednesday 9th, still by Zoom. We plan to show a 25 minute long film about Baron Haussmann and how he completely redesigned Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. His designs were both revolutionary and controversial at the time, but with the backing of Napoleon III, he was ’set fair’ to get the job completed.


Before the film, we plan a few minutes of introduction about the controversies surrounding this.

Perhaps some of you have already read Zola’s La Curée which is about this period or his book ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’  As preparation you might also like to watch a little cartoon film on  You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjjIxUUEH-c


We hope to see lots of you at the Zoom call on 9th June - if you are not already on our mailing list, contact us at : mail@huddersfieldfrenchcircle.org and then we can send you a link.


Remember, Sunday 18th July is our summer lunch to celebrate La Fête Nationale in France.

Have you added your name to the list if you would like to join us?



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Mary Green 2nd June