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A blueprint for France?

Hello, I am a member of the French Film Task Force. Among other things I have provided a whole lot of wikitables for the filmographies of French stars such as Alain Delon, Jean Marais etc. I have also written a number of articles on French films, occasionally even in French. Most recently I rewrote some general film articles including film director and film producer. Hereby I became aware of Luc Besson's achievements. The whole French industry seems to moan about declining exports. The whole industry? No, one single company doesn't. EuropaCorp that is. EuropaCorp with its self-confident, international approach could be a blueprint for a French resurgence in regards to exports. I mean, did Besson ever complain the Germans were too strong or something? Wasn't Constantin film earlier on so much more successful than EuropaCorp? Whenever I watch Besson's early films I wonder if he is crazy, but hey, maybe that is exactly what it takes to create a miracle. Really, I beseech you to assess the importance of this article again and to help me to brush up the article. Please look into it. N'hesitez pas, s'il vous plaît. NordhornerII (talk)

The Hidden Parks of Paris 2014 - Wikipedia Entry[edit]

Hello Wikipedia France,

I would like to see if it would be possible to have a Wikipedia page for my new book, 'The 'Hidden Parks of Paris 2014'?' The book was written in Paris last year and will be published by a Parisian publisher, Éditions L'improviste. I am under the impression from previous submissions from fellow writers that it is quite difficult to have a Wikipedia entry page for a work of art, such as a book, and am wondering how I can go about creating a page for my book and not having it removed from Wikipedia. I would like to also update the Wikipedia pages for the various parks in Paris, including photos that I would upload with full permissions. Please let me know if I can create a Wikipedia page for my book when you have a chance, as I think it would be a good tool for those interested in obtaining further information on the parks of Paris, and to also help in the recognition of my book, which is being published by a small, independent publisher.

My website is

My email is:

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Merci bien, Gregory Ross — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:05, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

  • My recommendation is to wait until your book gets two reviews from publications independent of you and/or your company. Once there are multiple reviews (they can be in any language) post the citation information for the reviews on the WikiProject France talk page so that Wikipedians may use those reviews as sources for the article. This is because Wikipedia articles are required to have multiple secondary sources independent of the subject. WhisperToMe (talk) 13:06, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

French municipal elections, 2014[edit]

This article looks like it needs to be updated to cover the political shift in the elections. Can someone who is familiar with the topic take an attempt at it? --Metropolitan90 (talk) 13:13, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Never mind that article. What about every one of the 36,681 articles on French communes? The infobox on each includes (or should include) the name of the mayor and his/her period of office. This is almost never referenced. In all but a handful of cases, the information is for 2008-2014, so there is a massive updating task to be undertaken here - one hell of a chore. I believe saome time ago I came across an official website which listed mayors and municipal election results, but I can't remember where and have been unable to find an updated version. There is a lot to do here and much too much for one person. Anyone fancy setting up a working group, finding the information and sharing out the task (by department, perhaps) of updating these articles with a reference? Emeraude (talk) 12:46, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
I'm in. I'll see if I can find some lists. I'm not sure if there is a grand list anywhere. Bms4880 (talk) 18:20, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Expand new Pinard (wine) (any French-speakers or WWI fans?)[edit]

bringing over from Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Food_and_drink#Expand_new_Pinard_.28wine.29_.28any_French-speakers_or_WWI_fans.3F.29

I ran across the term pinard somewhere years ago and put it on my WP "to do" list. Apparently it's a French military term for wine, kind of akin in sentiment to "grog". A previous version was deleted in 2009 per WP:NOTDICT, but I think there's enough cultural context around pinard as a concept, not just a word, to justify an article (and seems to quite agree). I've put together a pretty basic version just based on English sources on GoogleBooks and an image from fr:Pinard (vin). If anyone is keen on this and speaks French, I'm sure much more could be said, though the version as it stands is just too flowery/sentimental/inside-jokey to pass WP:TONE standards. Just thought folks might find this an interesting article about wine culture. MatthewVanitas (talk) 20:00, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Indeed your suggestion is welcomed, as pinard is a valid and notable term in itself. I'll see what I can add, although I do warn you my time is limited towards articles such as this. Cheers, FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 16:35, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 16/05[edit]

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/The Marina Affair. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 16:32, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

One of your project's articles has been featured[edit]

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Please note that French Revolutionary Wars, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of Today's articles for improvement. The article was scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Today's articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
Delivered by Theo's Little Bot at 01:00, 19 May 2014 (UTC) on behalf of the TAFI team

How do you find archives of news articles of French newspapers?[edit]

How do you find archives of news articles of French newspapers? I want to check archives of Le Monde, Libération, etc.

Thanks WhisperToMe (talk) 12:04, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

I'm afraid they don't exist... Le Monde has an online archive service, but you have to pay. Only newspapers issued before 1940 are available online for free - through the Gallica portal. You can still use their search feature, but with limited results.JoB 35 (talk) 22:10, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Mr Leon's Paris - children's book[edit]

Salut! For anyone here more conversant than I am with articles about books who feels like improving the content at Mr Leon's Paris, please go ahead. Merci. N.B. I don't have the book myself, was considering purchasing it but when seeing the expected age group changed my mind. -- Trevj (talk · contribs) 13:03, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in Europe may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 18:53, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet For Wikiproject France At Wikimania 2014[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost

For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 17:14, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Living people on EN wiki who are dead on other wikis[edit]

The following individuals who are in the scope of this project are showing to be alive on the English wiki, but deceased on another language wiki:

  1. Jacques Soisson: de:Gestorben 2012 / fr:Décès en 2012
  2. Jean Laroche: fr:Décès en 2010

Please help to find reliable sources to confirm if these individuals are alive or dead, or correct any mis-categorization on the relevant foreign-language article(s). Please see WP:LIVINGDEAD for more info and raise any issues on the talkpage. Thanks. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 18:10, 14 June 2014 (UTC)


With reference to the attendance in the World cup Foot-ball Finals, I would like to have a clarification. While the attendance is in thousands in all cases, it has crossed 100,000 when it was held in Brazil in 1950 (174,000) and in Mexico in 1970 (107,412). Is the statistics true? J.Chandradas, 3, Professors Colony, East Tambaram, Chennai - 600 059, India. § — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:49, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Incorrect Information and Image?[edit]

I believe there are a couple of errors in this article -,_Charente

It states that St Romain is north-east of Aubeterre, but it is almost due west - is there another St Romain in 16347 code?

I think the image of the town hall is also incorrect - it didn't look like that when I was there in May (again, do I have the right commune?) - I'm sorry, I didn't take a photo.

The population figure seems rather high.

If you check Google Earth, you will see what I mean.

I hope this is helpful. (talk) 13:37, 21 June 2014 (UTC) Matt.

It seems that the place of the picture is not the town hall any more. The new one is close to the church. Some corrections done according to your comments. Thanks, Matt. — M-le-mot-dit (T) 14:00, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Kleargear AFD deletion discussion notice[edit]

  1. Kleargear
  2. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kleargear (2nd nomination)

Discussion about whether or not to delete article for Kleargear, discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kleargear (2nd nomination). — Cirt (talk) 20:32, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Native speaker needed :)[edit]

Hi, I'd be eternally grateful (and happy to DYK/GA review or copyedit work) if a native french speaker could watchlist Vercors Massif to make sure I am not making any egregious errors of translation as I attempt to translate the featured fr. article into english. Thank you in advance :) --Gilderien Chat|List of good deeds 22:39, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

My first read of your version leaves me no problem, no question, no doubt whatsoever. Tomorrow I'll compare both articles just to make sure. Akseli9 (talk) 21:02, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Help needed with Piéton a tributary of the Sambre[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Humanities#Piéton a tributary of the Sambre -- PBS (talk) 23:21, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

YesYHelp given thanks. -- PBS (talk) 14:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Languages in censuses and Race and ethnicity in censuses[edit]

Pleas add information about this country to this articles. --Kaiyr (talk) 17:09, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Wolf attacks on humans in France[edit]

Here, if you would like to take a look, are two books not available in English: [1] and [2]. If you are interested in animal attacks, wolves, or French history, we need a French-speaking Wikipedian to improve the article Wolf attacks on humans and List of fatal wolf attacks, or maybe even create an article called maybe Wolf attacks on humans in France.

Either way, thanks for you contributions and happy editing! Chrisrus (talk) 01:37, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

1958 elections[edit]

Hello, I have a quick question about the 1958 Natonal Assembly elections. Did they only occur in "Metropolitan" France, or also in the overseas territories? For some reason, in African MPs' biographies, there does not appear to be any figures for 1958 elections for MPs representing African territories (but there are for all previous elections - see e.g. Sourou Apithy. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Number 57 20:58, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your interesting question. As far as I understand (I was not born ;-)...
Following this link : (Sièges pourvus par nomination : anciennes colonies d'Afrique noire 23) 23 députés were nominated, from the anciennes colonies d'Afrique noire.
The link you provide : Sourou Apithy. 30/11/1958 - 15/07/1959. It was a prolongation of his previous mandate. So, Sourou Apithy was nominated député because he was previously (in 1956) elected deputé and... the independences of all the african colonies where already planned.
From the 2nd paragraph in fr:Liste des députés de la Ire législature de la Cinquième République : « Elle a été marquée par le maintien en fonction jusqu'au 15 juillet 1959 des 33 députés des Territoires d'outre-mer élus précédemment » Automated translation : it was marked by the retention until 15 July 1959, 33 members of the Overseas Territories previously elected
What I can't understand, is a problem of numbers; 33, 23... it's not very clear.
TLTR: In short (and except Algeria, the Comores...) the elections did not occur in the overseas territories.
Sorry for my broken english and the mess; the period was messy, too, indeed.
Alvar 19:19, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Infobox French region[edit]

Hello, I've a question about infobox homogeneity .

What is the convention to fill the flag and shield parameters of Template:Infobox French region? Do we need to use the national flag as in Martinique or Guadeloupe, or the emblems of the region, as in Alsace, Brittany and others? Or nothing as in Île-de-France, where only the reg_logo is filled? Opinions differ.

Regards, — M-le-mot-dit (T) 08:45, 24 August 2014 (UTC)