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The Sacred and the Profane

Your taste of life in Paris and France
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,  

My sister sent me a video of a French commercial that shocked me.


Not that I am a puritan, you understand. For crying out loud, I’ve been living in France a long time where the subject of sex is very open and very much a part of daily life, so that wasn’t what was so shocking about it. What shocked me is that she, of all people, sent it out. At least it was only to a small group of people she knew would appreciate it. Still, it was one of the most amusing animated films I’ve seen, the subject being the use of condoms to protect oneself from sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS.

The French do have a way of creating advertising around the subject of sex (that we all know sells products and services better than anything) that is amazingly tasteful, even from an American puritanical point of view. That doesn’t mean that you’d ever see these commercials in any American media. God forbid! What would god-fearing Americans do? Put their hands over their eyes and tell their children not to look, too?

Here’s one for bottled drinking water you may appreciate, especially all you women who are trekking to the gym regularly to lose a little weight!: Bottled Water Commercial

Or when you happen to meet up with your husband, cars side-by-side, in this case driving a Hyundai?: Hyundai Commercial

Did you ever want to learn more about the French art of loving? Here you go -- see this commercial by Aubade: Aubade Commercial

And this one is just so French, but advertises nothing!: Commercial for Nothing

We’re so used to seeing nudity in public places in France that no one stops to think much of it. One year (2000), rock star Johnny Hallyday performed a free concert at the Eiffel Tower with the girls from the Crazy Horse dancing nude beside him before an audience of 500,000. Did anyone blink an eye? No, there wasn’t even a lot of staring. (I was there and remember how shocked I was, not to see the nudity, but the fact that it could be done in such a public place!) If you want to see for yourself, click here: Johnny Hallyday Concert

Earlier this year, France banned the wearing of a burqa – a Muslim cover-all headdress, but in contrast at the same time, a video surfaced of a man running nude through the city streets to promote himself as a pole-vaulter! Can you handle this video?: Nude Pole-Vaulter

Hey, I’m not complaining. Are you?

A la prochaine...

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P.S. For those of you who are daring enough to watch the French condom commercial, email French Condom Commerical and we will send you the link!

P.P.S. Plan on meeting up with us next Tuesday, November 8th, from 3 to 5 p.m. when Jane Grey discusses Metaphysical Manifestation: How to create whatever you really want in life at Parler Paris Après Midi! Visit Après Midi for more information.  

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The Days of the Dead and the Dutch

Monday, October 31, 2011 

All Saints Day (aka All Hallows) is November 1; the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) is November 2. All Souls day is still celebrated in the cemeteries of the French in New Orleans and the bayou country and Latinos all go crazy on that day. Your article seems to confuse All Hallows (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov.2).
All Saints Day has an interesting origin. It is a Roman theological celebration of the victory of the iconodules over the iconoclasts of the East. In the Orthodox Churches of the East this feast is celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent and is known as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."


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November 8 Jane Grey -- "Metaphysical Manifestation: How to create whatever you really want in life.”

Metaphysical manifestation is the art and skill of deliberate creation, using the universal laws of consciousness and energy. Jane Grey will discuss the basics of manifestation for creating results in any area of your life, including career, relationships, health and money! With a doctorate in Metaphysical Theology, Jane leads a private practice as a Life Coach, Holistic Counselor, Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. For more information about Jane’s work, visit

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When? Friday, December 2, 2011 9:30h-17:30h. 

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