News from your French Language & Cultural Center in Sacramento


Mammifère carnivore de grande taille, au pelage épais, aux membres armés de griffes, au museau allongé ; le mâle adulte. Femelle (une ourse), petit de l'ours (un ourson).

Large, carnivorous mammal with thick coat, limbs armed with claws, elongated muzzle; the adult male. Female (a bear), cub of the bear (a cub).
Cette expression du XVIIIe siècle qualifie une personne qui ne se mêle pas à la société, et qui fait preuve d'un comportement quelque peu rustre. La formulation "mal léché" signifie "mal élevé, sans éducation". Autrefois, on pensait que les oursons n'étaient pas complètement formés et que leur mère devait les lécher pour qu'ils soient complètement achevés. Ainsi, un "ours mal léché" est une personne dont la "formation" aux règles de vie en société n'a pas été entièrement accomplie.
This eighteenth-century expression describes a person who does not mix with society, and who shows a somewhat boorish behavior. The wording "badly licked" means "badly brought up, uneducated". In the past, it was believed that cubs were not fully formed and their mother had to lick them in order for them to be fully completed. Thus, a "badly licked bear" is a person whose "training" in the rules of life in society has not been fully completed.
Il ne faut pas utiliser ou considérer comme acquise une chose avant de l'avoir en sa possession.Cette expression provient d'un proverbe ancien : "il ne fault marchander la peau de l'ours devant que la beste soit morte". Elle signifie qu'il ne faut pas considérer comme acquis un avantage ou une chose avant d'être sûr de pouvoir en disposer.
One should not use or take for granted a thing before having it in its possession. This expression comes from an old proverb: "it is not necessary to haggle the skin of the bear before the beast is dead". It means that one should not take for granted an advantage or a thing before being sure of being able to dispose of it.
Manières de table : scènes de repas
dans le cinéma français

A course designed for foodies, cinephiles and all those interested in watching and discussing French films in their original language.

5 Wednesdays Apr 7-June 2

With its rules of etiquette, its pacing, its customs and traditions, the meal is as much a social ritual as a culinary practice. Through a selection of short clips drawn from contemporary French films, this conversation series will explore the nuances of French dining culture and what the way we eat says about us.

Open to students with C1+ level of French or higher.
Instructor: Camilo
Improve your listening comprehension, pronunciation, and ability to capture nuances in French

Discover the rhythm and musicality of French with les Fables de La Fontaine.

5 Mondays, April 26-May 24
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Deceptively simple, captivatingly complex, the fables of Jean de la Fontaine constitute a profound meditation on the nature of power and powerlessness. They also provide excellent case studies for studying and practicing the prosody of French—that is, the qualities of rhythm and intonation that make French sound the way it sounds. 

Open to students with Level A2+
Instructor: Megan
The Louvre put its entire art collection online
The Collections database consists of entries for more than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.

Explore the Albums The Art of Portraiture, National Museums recovery, Aquisitions made in 2020
and much more.
Louvre site des collections


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April 5 – June 13, 2021
(No classes May 31)
Soirée Cinéma
Friday, April 9
Please join us from 7-8pm on Friday, April for the Alliance Française de Sacramento’s next online Soirée Cinéma discussion! Our April film is The Climb (L’Ascension)

How to participate:
  • Pre-watch the film – available on Netflix
  • RSVP to before noon on Friday, April 9. The Zoom link will be sent to you by 5pm.
  • Please click on the Zoom link a few minutes before 7pm to make sure you don’t have any technical problems.
  • We will start with a short presentation about the film and then open it up for a lively guided discussion in English.

Film description:
The Climb (L’Ascension)
Director: Ludovic Bernard
France 2017
Starring: Ahmed Sylla, Alice Belaïdi, Kevin Razy, Nicolas Wanczycki, Waly Dia, Umesh Tamang
Genre: Comedy, Romance,
Running Time: 105 min

How far would you go for the one you love? For Samy Diakhate (Ahmed Sylla) it’s the top of Mount Everest. After professing his love for Nadia (Alice Belaidi) he gets rejected because she is after a commitment and someone serious, unlike the unemployed Samy. He soon says he loves her so much he’d climb Everest for a kiss and a deal is made (even if she didn’t believe him at the time) and Samy begins his journey to the summit of Everest despite not having any mountain climbing experience prior. His story is also the talk of the town and gains a large amount of media following.
Online Event
French Influence in West Africa:
A Brief History of Côte d'Ivoire

Sunday, April 25, 2021 @ 1:00pm

Lecture by Ghassane Habib. In English, followed by a Q&A
$10 for any AF Member; $20 Non-Member
Presented by the Alliance Française de Fresno
Teens: Come and join us for a fun conversation in French!

This informal French online conversation group is for teens aged 15-18, at high school level and looking to practice with other French speaking teens. This is the place to practice in a relaxing and fun atmosphere!

Vous vous préparez pour le baccalauréat International (BI) ou l’Advanced Placement (AP)? Ces conversations vous seront utiles!

It's FREE! Please register by 4 pm April 13.
The participation link will be sent once registration closes. À bientôt! 

Our next conversation
Wednesday April 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Le Club des Bouquineurs
Next Meeting: Friday, April 16, 6-8pm

The new Alliance book club, Le Club des Bouquineurs, meets every two months for two hours to discuss a book that the group has read.

Participants must be current AF Sacramento members or students
with a minimum of B1+ level in French.
Le prochain livre: L'Amas ardent (Yamen Manai, 2017) 217 pp.
Date: vendredi le 16 avril, 6-8 pm

RSVP your name + level to
Login information to access the Club des Bouquineurs group will be emailed to you.
Les Conversations du Jeudi
Thursdays 11am-12pm Via Zoom

Practice your speaking and listening skills, make new friends, and have fun!

AF Sacramento membership REQUIRED to join!

To participate:
RSVP your name to

Login information to access your virtual Conversations du Jeudi group
will be emailed to you.
Le coin des découvertes
Des étudiants belges, pour la septième fois champions du ...

Ils sont surnommés les All Blacks de la diplomatie, en référence à l'équipe néo-zélandaise de rugby qui rafle les victoires. Les étudiants et étudiantes belges de la MUN Society Belgium ont remporté pour la septième fois le Championnat du monde...

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7 femmes qui ont révélé des talents

Commanditaire et collectionneuse acharnée, la reine Isabelle I re de Castille (1451-1504) joue un rôle important dans le développement de la Renaissance espagnole au XV e siècle.

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CLARA's Corner
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Bon weekend à tous! Stay safe!

Bien cordialement,
L'équipe de l'Alliance Française de Sacramento
DVD LIBRARY at AF Sacramento
Did you borrow a DVD from us prior to the shutdown? Please mail them back to us at your earliest convenience. No fines during this grace period. If you're in the neighborhood, you can drop them by too (email for entry information).
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