Topics of Interest:



General French and Francophone
L’art du 19e siècle: Features 19th century art with links to different periods (neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism) and artists
Eugène Delacroix: Extensive website featuring many of his works, along with a biography and information on the selected paintings

Art Press: Bilingual magazine about the contemporary art scene

Web gallery of art: Good online gallery


Cinema in France: Examining film history, suggested movies, etc.
Film terms
: English and French film terms and explanations
French cinema vocabulary
: Base vocabulary for French cinema
The language of cinema: Great bilingual site for film vocabulary
: Interviews, trailers, and reviews
Vocabulaire Français-Anglais
: An online dictionary for film and photography terms

Cultural Institutions

Cité de la Musique
: The Cité de la Musique in Paris offers everyone access to culture through its concerts, museum and exhibitions, and a huge media library as well as educational and publishing activities aimed at both adults and young people
: Official site of the Louvre
Museums in Paris: A listing of museums in Paris

Economy Historical exchange rates
Alternatives economiques
: Alternative perspectives on economics

Educational Institutions

Ecole normale supérieure: University with which Colby is affiliated for a language assistant program
Ministère de l’éducation nationale
: Government education website
Université Paris Dauphine
: Library website

Francophone World

Places Everything you need to know about Senegal – population, geography, history, tourism, with lots of pictures as well
Histoire de la Martinique: A website with plenty of historical information, along with links for tourism, photo galleries, etc.
Viêt-nam: mon pays natal, ma passion, mon rêve: Pictures of old Vietnam as well as the country as it currently is

Image map of Africa: Detailed map of Africa; links to each country

Literature and culture of francophone Africa and the diaspora: A guide to resources on the web for research

Curriculum for Franco-American women of Maine
: Interesting website with plenty of facts, definitions, resources, and links
Pages of Franco-American women’s institute initiatives
: Lots of links pertaining to Franco-American women


France des saveurs
: Huge database of small businesses and farms in France, searchable by product or region. Information on regions, their products, and their gastronomy
La boîte à recettes
: Thousands of recipes (not limited to France)
Saveurs du monde
: Recipes, tips, and information on ingredients

Bordeaux: Everything you want to know about Bordeaux wine
Les vins de touraine: Loire Valley wines
Terroir-France: A guide to French wines, by region

General Information

Douce France
: Links to everything one could possible want to know about France e.g. administration, boutiques, clothing, education, health, hotels, housing, restaurants, vineyards, work, etc.
La portail de la culture
: French cultural website. Access information by theme
The world of French culture in the USA
: From French Embassy’s website. Created to promote French artistic activities in the U.S. to American Francophones

Search Engines
Google France
Voila: Francophone search engine
Yahoo! France


Le temps des révolutions
: Comprehensive, illustrated history of France, organized by centuries
L’Histoire par l’image, 1789 – 1939
: Chronology of French history through art

Middle Ages
French history and civilization
: Notes and illustrations on medieval French history

19th Century
200 ans de Code Civil: The Civil Code, from the National Assembly’s page
Afrique au XIX siècle: Detailing the situation of every African country during this time period
Chronologie du XIX siècle: Extremely detailed listing of France’s development, including colonization
L’expansion coloniale francaise au XIX et XX siècles: Text-heavy but helpful resource for a thorough summary of French colonization around the world

La conquête de l’Algérie : A long and detailed description of French colonization in Algeria
La guerre d’indépendance d’Algérie: A description of the birth of a new muslim identity in Algeria with a timeline of the war of independence.

Les origines de la Guerre Franco-Prusienne de 1870: A detailed breakdown of events, looking at the before, during, after, and consequences of the war
La Guerre Franco-Prussienne de 1870: A detailed breakdown of events, looking at the before, during, after, and consequences of the war
The Slave Route – UNESCO: Short but helpful biography

20th Century
The French Resistance: Thorough profiling of the French Resistance, including barriers faced, key players, geography, etc.

Language Resources and References

Le conjugueur: Conjugates verbs in all tenses
Verb2verbe: Simple, easy to use conjugator for all tenses

Dictionaries and Encyclopedia
The ARTFL project: From the University of Chicago, has databases, dictionaries from the 17th to the 20th centuries, access to “Le Trésor”, etc.
Lexilogos: Online dictionaries, including Le Trésor, Le Littré; synonyms, antonyms, etc. Primarily a dictionary, but also includes compound forms and verb conjugations

Francais 1B-2B: Short grammar review exercises
French grammar central: 580 links with material for advanced grammar courses, with thorough information on the structure of the French language. Conjugations, research, and activities
La grammaire interactive: Helpful mini-lessons on spelling, grammar, with tests as well
Language guide: A well-structured repository of grammar guides that include interactive exercises
Tex’s French grammar: Clear sections on nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc. Helpful for beginners

Typing accents: Colby’s LRC page for typing all foreign language accents on your keyboard


Les sonnets de Louise Labé: Large collection of her sonnets along with several other works, with some analysis and notations

17th Century
Phèdre: Detailed description, act by act, along with analysis

18th Century
Romanticism: An introduction to Romanticism

19th Century
19th-century French women poets: By Professor Paliyenko, including Louise Ackerman, Marie Krysinska, Louisa Siefert, and Anais Ségalas
Charles Baudelaire: A very clean, sophisticated website with detailed biographic information, along with his published critiques and a list and description of the characters in his “univers baudelairien”
Madame Bovary: Summary of the book along with some analysis

20th Century
L’existentialisme – Jean-Paul Sartre: A helpful description of Sartre’s defining philosophy, “l’existence prècede l’essence”

Gabrielle Roy: Government of Canada website with articles, documents, biography, and links

Les bijoux: Versification
Europeana: Prototype developed by the National Library of France under the project of a Digital European Library
Gallica: French national library, all digitized. Free access to 90,000 documents
Lexique des termes littéraires: Every term you’ll need to know for your literature classes, alphabetized and defined
Outils pour l’analyse littéraire: Helpful websites for students looking for assistance and guidance with French essays and analysis in their papers


Current Events
France diplomatie: French government site about France

Magazines and Newspapers
Francophone newspapers
: 140 French language newspaper links from North America (Quebec), Africa, Asia, and Europe
Le Monde: Popular, highly read newspaper of France. Equivalent to our New York Times
Les Magazine about cultural events
Libé Online news, particularly covering current politics
Telerama: French pop culture

Arrêt sur images: A site analyzing media in France

Les guignols sur canal plus: “The original Daily Show!” (Professor Davies)


Concerts and Live Acts
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Website detailing the annual summer jazz festival in Montréal

Radio France: French radio website with podcasts, information about radio shows and concerts, and an online store


France politique: Offers information on french political parties, past elections, and the current political scene in France, as well as extensive biographies of major French politicians
: An online journal with articles about the current political situation in France
Rue 89: Information about current events


: Information about accommodations, tours, transportation, French culture, shopping, and business
The Paris pages: Explanations of Paris, its culture, tourist info, interactive maps, and endless links to other sites of cultural interest
Petit futé
: Ideas for where to travel in France
Voyager en France
: Travel site with information on visiting France
: See France in a unique way with a focus on organic farming
: Vacation planners for France

Chateau Versailles: Official website for the Chateau de Versailles
Provence and beyond: French Riviera – local visiting information, travel services, and information about famous people from Provence