Tue 14 Jul

The French Motto in Words, Images, and Sounds!

Bastille Day

Once again, La Médiathèque (via the Click & Collect service) and Culturethèque have a wide variety of resources on the topic, tackling all genres and formats, and suited to whatever readership!

Kids First!

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité… But what does this motto actually mean? Discover its implications through everyday situations and simple explications, as imagined by many great French authors, from Pierre Gay to Diane Roman – get your kids acquainted with the founding principles of the French Republic!

On Culturethèque:

At La Médiathèque:

Resources for adults too

As the principle of Fraternité is deeply ingrained in French culture, we have included not only novels and comics, but also films and music. Approaching the variety of its implications, our novel selection encompasses both classical and contemporary novels about friendship, as Le Grand Meaulnes or Au revoir là-haut, about rebelled souls united in resistance, as L’Écume des jours or Une joie féroce, or about indissoluble family links, as Les Bourgeois or Son frère.

Here is our list of novels available at La Médiathèque for click & collect. Among them, writings by Lyonel Trouillot, Sorj Chalandon, Delphine de Vigan, Maylis de Kerangal or Alice Ferney.

You will find some hand-picked ebooks on Culturethèque below:

Our comics tell stories of collective resistance and revolutions with Tardi, Florent Grouazel and Younn Locard; of friendship and solidarity with Etienne Davodeau, Wilfried Lupano and Paul Cauuet; they reflect upon the human condition with Edmond Baudoin and his depictions of migrants and their allies – available at La Médiathèque.

Our film selection examines how open arms and fraternal hands can help humans get out of difficulties, overcome obstacle and change their horizons. Discover touching stories of Fraternité through films by Solveig Anspach (Lulu femme nue, Haut les coeurs), the Dardenne brothers or Robert Guédiguian, Cédric Klapish or Tony Gatlif – available on DVD at la Médiathèque for click & collect here.

Ahead of the Bastille Day celebrations, and as social distancing rules still apply, let’s celebrate Fraternité and togetherness in music. Enjoy French chanson classics such as “Fraternité” by Charles Aznavour or “Les deux frères” by Hugues Aufray, as well as rap hits like “Petit Frère” by IAM or “Deux frères” by PNL. Sisterhood values also are also trending in our selection, so tune in for more songs about unity and coming together! Available on Culturethèque.