5th edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival

Film Festival 2016The Franco-American film festival is back for its 5th edition, from next June 7th to 14th. On the programme, there are no less than 80 films, master classes and previews, which are expecting the audience.  

This year, the city of Chicago is celebrated with a guest of honour, the American Andrew Davis, director of the famous “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in 1993. A section “American Spirit” will be interested in the representation of politics in American cinema. Master classes are already programmed, for example with the French director Nicole Garcia and the American film director Abel Ferrara. Finally, a competition of French and international short films is organised, with on top of everything an Audience Award for Best French Short Film and a second for Best American Short Film. The meeting is thus given to film-lovers at all the Champs-Elysées’s cinemas, the UGC George V, the Balzac, the Lincoln, the Publicis Cinémas and finally, at the Gaumont Ambassade and Marignan.



Champs-Elysées Film Festival, from June 7th to 14th 2016.
Rates: 6 euros the screening / 10 euros for the master classes and previews.
Pass under 26: 35 euros / Premium Pass: 50 euros.

Le Balzac
1, rue Balzac
75008 PARIS
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 61 10 60
Metro: George V (line 1).

Crédit photo : Champs Elysées Film Festival – Edition 2016 © Morgand



Play Me, I’m Yours at the colours of Euro 2016

Play me

From next June 18th, Paris is getting ready to host the new edition of Play Me, I’m Yours. Initiated in 2008 by the English artist Luke Jerram, this event provides passers-by with pianos they can appropriate for free just for one or several pieces in big international cities like Paris. 

This 5th edition will start at the Grande Halle de la Villette, in the 19th arrondissement, with 24 pianos which will be customised by plastic artists coming from the 24 countries participating in the Euro 2016 football championship. They will be staying on the spot until June 21st 2016, date of the Fête de la Musique and will be used for free concerts. Then, they will be going all over the capital and the Ile-de-France, in parks and gardens. At the end of the festival, these pianos will be given away to schools, hospitals or associations.



Play Me, I’m Yours, from June 18th to July 13th, 2016


Grande Halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).


Crédit photo : Play Me I’m Yours - 2016 Edition - Paris © Photograph by Gael



Discovering the Château de Versailles’s history

Table déjeuner Château de VersaillesOn the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the restoration of the Grand Trianon, the Château de Versailles is coming back to this significant transformation. 

It’s on the initiative of André Malraux that General de Gaulle decided to renovate the edifice, in order to turn it into presidential residence. Works were carried out from January 1963 to June 1966, with the aim of welcoming the foreign heads of State on an official visit in France and accommodating them in both a historical and magnificent setting. Some famous guests were going to stay, like the Queen of England Elizabeth II in 1972 or the Russian President, Boris Eltsine in 1992. Throughout the exhibition, photographs, videos and archive documents such as architect’s sketches, private office memos or speeches, are displayed. All these documents are evidence of the major role the Château de Versailles played, and still plays, in French diplomatic relations.




Exhibition: “A President in the King’s Residence – De Gaulle in the Trianon”, from June 18th to November 9th 2016.
Open every day, except on Monday, from noon to 6:30pm in high season (April 1st to October 31st 2016).
Full rate: 10 euros / Reduced rate: 6 euros / Free under 26, residents of the European Union.

Château de Versailles
Grand Trianon, Trianon-sous-Bois Wing
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles
Tel.: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00
Access: Versailles-Château-Rive Gauche (RER C).

Crédit photo : A President in the King’s Residence – Château de Versailles © Château de Versailles (dist RMN-Grand Palais)



Best places

La Cantine de l’Embuscade: Arnaud Sainsot’s neo bistro!

La Cantine de l'Embuscade

Oberkampf’s quarter never stops surprising us. A new address high in vitamins has just set up there: La Cantine de l’Embuscade

Decorated in a fresh style, with geometrical wallpaper, light wood and a swimming-pool blue colour tiled bar, this neo bistro offers a cuisine just as creative. It is Arnaud Sainsot who prepares dishes. This cooker has been doing his basic training for 10 years at the Pré Catelan, Chef Frédéric Anton’s restaurant but also at Alain Passard’s, L’Arpège. Every day, the menu changes at the whim of his desires but particularly according to seasons and availabilities. Therefore, we can enjoy a gilthead bream, asparagus, artichoke, fennel and citruses or veal with dashi broth, cucumbers, pickles and Béarnaise sauce. As for dessert, we let ourselves be seduced by bread pudding with grapefruit and hibiscus. A surprising place that will satisfy the finest gourmets’ demandings.

Closed on Saturday midday, Sunday and Monday.
Lunch formulas for 17 and 21 euros.


La Cantine de l’Embuscade
10, rue du Grand Prieuré
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 71 24 58 44
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 et 9).

Crédit photo : La Cantine de l’Embuscade - Paris - © Caroline TXBQ

Rae’s: the beautiful gourmet surprise in the Sentier!

Le Rae's

It’s at the heart of the Sentier, in the centre of Paris, that the Australian Chef Vincent Rae, decided to establish his Rae’s restaurant, in a former clothes shop.  

In the kitchen, he handed Chef Sylvain Ruffenach the reins, who practised at the Martinez in Cannes, the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, or at Jo Rostang’s Bonne Auberge in Antibes. He is assisted by the Japanese Masaki Yamamoto. This young cooker revisits quality products by instilling them a touch of modernity, like for the Limousin mature rib steak served with a surprising chimichurri sauce On the menu, the Salmon Gravadlax and Kumamoto oysters from Saint-Honoré Ltd are surprising, like the crema catalana with Campari granita and citruses. We like the kitchen that opens onto the room thanks to a bay window, and nature wines.

Open every day from noon to 3pm and from 7pm to midnight.
Lunch menus for 28 and 34 euros.


39, rue des Jeûneurs
75002 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 03 42 07
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 et 9) or Bourse (line 3).

Crédit photo : Rae’s Restaurant – Paris - ©  RAES

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