Dear readers, French, Canadians, francophiles, francophones. During this worldwide sanitary crisis time,  as our way of life need to change drastically to slow down the progression of the COVID-19, we want to thank you for keeping coming here and we want to encourage you to use this special time to broaden your horizon from your sofa, your desk or your bed, using free online contents.

Warning, in a few case you may need to use a VPN because some contents are only available in France.

We are going to try to update this list of online resources on a regular basis, in order for you to navigate  and discover, enrich and entertain you.

Good luck!

The team of the cultural and scientifique office at the French Embassy in Canada

Cultural resources including most of the categories

  • Culturetheque: The Graal of the French culture is here! Books, comics, documentaries, music, video games : www.Culturetheque.com
    Subscription possible via the Alliance françaises. For more information www.francecanadaculture.org
  • Culture chez nous: The French culture Ministry is launching « Culture Chez Nous » to help make an inventory of all the cultural online resources available during this special time. You can find there info about plays, operas, online shows etc… https://www.culturecheznous.gouv.fr/
  • BNF : because its virtual exhibitions go way beyond  books and writters but cover many subjets, discover the wonderful website of the  Bibliothèques Nationale de France http://expositions.bnf.fr/index.php

Even more resources including virtual visits:

Visual Arts

Museum and art galeries – virtual visits

Inès Longevial, a painter, has put a few of her paintings in pdf for colouring on her site www.ineslongevial.com

Music and performing arts

Concerts & Opera

Audiovisual

Cinéma

TV

Podcasts and stories

  • Promenades Imaginaires: to listen to stories inspired by famous paintings from the Musée d’Orsay www.petitsmo.fr
  • Entre: discussions with children and pre teens on the family relationships, schools etc, from Louie Media
  • Le Nuage: first audio serie from studio Nouvelles Ecoutes. What would happen if there was a Nuclear accident in France ? With Emmanuelle Devos and Damien Bonnard. (on spotify)  www.nouvellesecoutes.fr
  • Kiffe ta race: on cultural appropriation in fashion, music… www.binge.audio
  • FloodcCast: some are dedicated to cinéma, including this one on Pixar www.soundcloud.com
  • Remède à la mélancolie: discussions with French artists www.franceinter.fr
  • Le Grand Urbain: show about Rap  www.franceinter.fr
  • Lunii (youth): free audiobooks www.lunii.fr
    Sélection Audible : www.stories.audible.com

Books

Fiction / Non Fiction

– Chez soi, Mona Chollet : www.fr.calameo.com
– Abondance et liberté, Pierre Charbonnier : www.fr.calameo.com
– Fabuler la fin du monde, Jean-Paul Engélibert : www.fr.calameo.com
– L’An 2440, Louis-Sébastien Mercier : www.fr.calameo.com

  • Pocket Jeunesse : Vincent Villeminot updates everyday online his novel L’île www.fr.calameo.com

Comics

  • Editions Dargaud online (no upload): www.dargaud.com
    • Ana Ana Tome 1, Douce nuit
    • Sardine de l’espace Tome 1, Platine laser
    • Boule & Bill Tome 34, Amour de cocket
    • Pico Bogue Tome 1, Vie et moi (La)
    • Le Monde de Milo Tome 1, Monde de Milo (Le)
    • Blake & Mortimer Tome 6, La Marque Jaune
    • Murena Tome 1, La Pourpre et l’or
    • Long John Silver Tome 1, Lady Vivian Hastings
    • Le Scorpion Tome 1, La Marque du Diable
    • XIII Tome 1, le Jour sur soleil noir
  • Europe Comics puts the first halves of its tomes 1 in free access: www.europecomics.com
  • Glénat is offering free 1 manga per day: www.glenat.com

Education

  • Idello & Boukili: From our partner TFO, 2 plateforms for children that are recognized for their quality 
  • A page full of educational resources for all: www.liseo.ciep.fr
  • Le Monde: The French newspaper gives you in this article links to educational  websites including online classes and resources  www.lemonde.fr
  • Le Web Pedagogique: Learn while playing: www.lewebpedagogique.com
  • Scilabus on youtube: More fun videos to learn on our current contest’s partner Youtube channel www.youtube.com
  • EdTech: Its French affiliate gives free access to lots of educational tools for different age ranges: www.solidarite.edtechfrance.fr
  • Fun Mooc: Online classes on various subjects like Law, management, Economics, Education www.fun-mooc.fr
  • Labo Société Numérique : digital and collaboration tools, free courses, virtual desks etc… to keep activity and continuity of trainings https://labo.societenumerique.gouv.fr
  • Takorama : Ask children from 3 to 17 years old to vote for the movie they prefer from this online film festival https://www.takorama.org/ 

Sciences – Research

And to finish, some virtual tours to discover France