February 2015

Towards a positive agenda for climate change
24 February 2015
As part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP21 or CMP11- taking place in Paris in December 2015, we invite you to a special roundtable meeting, jointly organised by the French Embassy and the Alliance Française.
Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, the French Ambassador to Ireland and Former Ambassador in charge of the Environment, will be joined by two representatives from Trocaire -the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland- to discuss the topic of climate change, Mr Eamonn Meehan, the Executive Director, and Dr Lorna Gold, the Head of Policy and Advocacy.
The discussion will be led by Paul Melia, journalist at the Irish Independent, and followed by an audience Q&A.
The COP21 in Paris will seek to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. The overarching goal of the Convention is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the increase of the global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level.

Tuesday 24 February – 6.30pm
@ Alliance française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Admission free - Booking essential: RSVP
France Alumni, a network of former foreign students in France, is the new French social network for foreign alumni who have studied in France. France Alumni has been created at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development by Campus France to be an efficient digital multilingual platform to unite, inform and guide foreign students who studied in French higher education. 

The digital platform allows the ever-growing number of foreign alumni to stay in touch with France, its schools, universities, companies and cultural offer.
With, you will be able to exchange, access training, scholarship, internship or job offers, stay informed of the French cultural and tourist news. This new website is also a good opportunity for the international development of companies and universities to make new economic and academic partnerships with alumni.

For further information
Join the France Alumni Network at
Cinema & Digital
Until 16 February 2015
Until 16 February 2015, film lovers from around the globe have access to the world’s first online festival of French Cinema, created by UniFrance films.

Ten French feature films and ten French shorts are presented in competition during the 5th

Film lovers & Web users from around the world will join Michel Gondry,Joachim LafosseNadav Lapid and Abderrahmane Sissako to select their favorite French films on .

The website and the films showcased during the festival are accessible in 13 languages!

Irish audiences can watch all of the films on www.Volta.ieIreland's only independent Video On Demand pla

Win a Package!
For a chance to WIN A PACKAGE to watch Feature Films at MyFrenchFilmFestival, email your full contact details and the code VOLTA to
Winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
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Book Launch: "Jeune poésie d'Irlande: Poètes du Munster 1960 - 2015"
13 February 2015
Bilingual poetry reading in French and English from the Éditions Illador anthology Jenue poésie d'Irlande: Poètes du Munster 1960 - 2015.

This anthology is edited by Clíona Ní Ríordáin, who lives in Paris and teaches at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is also editor of Four Irish Poets / Quatre Poetes Irlandais(Dedalus, 2011); and of Femmes d'Irlande en poésie 1973-2013 (Editions Caractères, Paris). This event will feature several of the Munster poets who are anthologised in this volume.
Bilingual event in French & English
Friday 13 February 2015, 2.30pm
@ Cork City Library, 57-61 Grand Parade, Cork
WWI Exhibition
Recovered Voices, the stories of the Irish at War, 1914 – 1915
February 2015 - July 2016
From the lush green fields of France in the summer of 1914 to the sun dried beaches of Turkey in 1915 this new exhibition unveils the complexity of Ireland in World War One.  Detailing the stories of 21 Irish men and women, the exhibition uses original objects and interactives to illustrate the human impact of the war on their lives.

To fully understand the battles of the First World War, one needs to experience the landscapes first hand. In the former battlefields of France, there are museums, monuments and cemeteries that tell the story of the Irish soldiers at war and are well worth a visit.

Presented by the National Museum of Ireland with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the French Embassy in Ireland and France’s WWI Centenary Partnership Programme.

@ National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
Admission Free
Win Tickets!
For a chance to WIN TICKETS to Caroline Moreau's concert on Saturday 14 Febraury, email your full contact details and the code SpecialValentine to
Winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
"Guy Debord, Diagram of Revolution" in Cork
Until 31 March 2015
The exhibition “Guy Debord, Diagrams of Revolution” runs from February 4 to March 31 and involves a series of related events on the life and work of the major French thinker, writer and artist Guy Debord. Based on the acclaimed exhibition organised by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2013, it will represent the first time that these materials will travel outside France.
Organised by the French Department and the Library of UCC, the exhibition is supported by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the French Embassy in Ireland.
University College Cork Library
For more details:
Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Franco-Irish research is progressing

Soils can eliminate N2O greenhouse gas thanks to a new group of micro-organisms, Dr Philippot (INRA Dijon) and Dr Griffiths (Teagasc) have identified.

After a Ulysses scheme and the creation of a PhD, their findings are published in the renowned scientific journal Nature Climate Change.
Further details:
Discover France
Dunkerque Carnival 2015
February, March & April 2015

One of the greatest French carnivals!
Fancy dress and high spirits are the order of the day. Bands pass from house to house playing music as they go.
The fancy dress costumes and huge umbrellas are spectacular, and the singers and revellers keep going until the early hours.

Information at the Dunkerque Tourist Office on +0033 (0)3 28 66 79 21
Continuing professional development for French teachers
16 - 21 February 2015
Lifelong learning and training are key elements in the development of teaching practices especially with the innovation of new technologies. It has now naturally become essential for teachers to enhance their teaching methods and approaches and be up-to-date in the new teaching methods. The Embassy of France has therefore undertaken a new and comprehensive training plan for French teachers.
First training session will take place in Dublin, Cork and Limerick from 16 to 21 February 2015.

Registration can be done using the links below:

Admission Free
For further information, please contact Christopher at:
Become an English Language Assistant in France!
Deadline: 20 February 2015
This scheme is aimed at students who are aged between 20 and 35, who have completed at least two years of higher education from any discipline by the time they take up their post and who have a working knowledge of the French language. All eligible students will be entitled to a monthly stipend.

The assistantship is a unique opportunity and a valuable life experience. As well as improving your language skills, gaining in-depth knowledge of French life and culture, a year abroad can also boost your future employability.

If you are interested in taking part in this program, please visit
Deadline for Applications: 20 February 2015
Let’s celebrate Good France!
19 March 2015
On Thursday, 19 March 2015, in 150 countries around the world, restaurants and embassies will celebrate France’s gastronomy.

In each participating restaurant, the event will pay tribute to a vibrant, open and innovative cuisine, while remaining true to its values of sharing, pleasure, respect for good food and for the planet.

Participating Restaurants in Ireland

In Dublin

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Thornton’s Restaurant
La Cave Wine Bar & Restaurant
La Réserve Brasserie
Chez Max

In Galway

In Killarney
Bacchus Room @ Riverside Hotel Killarney

In Kildare
Annamar’s Restaurant

Further details: gout-france-good-france

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