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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)

Ne pas oublier Jennifer Ayache (Fille de Chantal Lauby) as the Little Girl at the Cinema Exit[edit]

I think you may forgot the little girl when Chantal Lauby fell down exiting the movie theater.



German Exile Periodicals in France[edit]

I am working on German-language exile periodicals published in France from 1933-1945. I am currently working on a draft for an article on the Sozialistische Warte, hopefully to be up soon!

Sources for adding religion info to "Maghrebian community of Paris"?[edit]

In the article Maghrebian community of Paris I want to add info about the religion: Both about Islam as it is practiced in Paris (including the mosques) and about the Judaism practiced by the Algerian/Tunisian/Moroccan-origin Jews (including the synagogues). Does anyone know any good sources about this? WhisperToMe (talk) 16:26, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Translation help: source for Alfred Grandidier[edit]

I am wanting to write the article for French naturalist Alfred Grandidier; however, I need help translating one of the best sources from French. Though I can read some French, and Google Translate can help a little, it would be best to have someone fluent in French assist with the translation of this source. Would anyone be able to help? – Maky « talk » 20:09, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)


There is an ongoing move discussion. --George Ho (talk) 08:34, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Aftermath of the Revolt in Lyon during the Terror[edit]

Hello all,

I have been thinking about adding to the aftermath section of the Revolt in Lyon during the period of terror. Any suggestions or comments?

Thanks Frenchrevolutionary (talk) 16:47, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

What are you thinking of adding? Bms4880 (talk) 15:45, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Louis Thiroux de Crosne[edit]

Louis Thiroux de Crosne was the chief of Police of Paris up until his execution during the Reign of Terror in 1794. He is therefore a semi important figure in French history. I found his article at Category:Articles_lacking_sources_from_October_2006 and as a member of the Abandoned Articles WikiProject, I am attempting to expand on it.

Can anyone here recommend categorisation as well as potential interested parties who may be able to lend a hand, particularly French speaking ones. Thank you

Uamaol (talk) 22:24, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

"of Valois"[edit]

Late last year this user moved a whole chunk of people from "of Valois" to "of France". I have corrected Catherine of Valois since she is clearly better known by this name. I don't know enough about any of the others to be sure about, but given the blatant wrongness of the Catherine move (unless there was some discussion I was unable to find), it's probably worth checking. I'm not sure if this is the best place to leave this but I do so in hopes of someone more knowledgeable than I seeing it. Frickeg (talk) 13:22, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Seems like nonsense, quite very much vandalism indeed it seems, probably some pedantic obsession turned on the wrong direction. I cheched the French Wikipedia versions, there also a lot of people who have been well-known as "De Valois" since several centuries, out of the blue have been renamed as "Of France"... Akseli9 (talk) 21:28, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Greater Lyon and stub types[edit]

This isn't my area at all so I thought I'd just raise the subject. What exactly is the status of the new Metropolis of Lyon (formerly Urban Community of Lyon) following the recent reorganisation, and how does that follow through to Wikipedia organisation like stub types? Is it equivalent to a département or subsidiary to it? And even if it is equivalent, can Wikipedia be bothered to adjust things like stub types to match, if eg La Poste isn't going to change its "département" number from 69? I only ask because I came across Grigny, Rhône which still has Rhône in its name but User:Arteronyl has removed Rhône-geo-stub in favour of a new category, Metropolis of Lyon geography stubs. It feels like one of those grey areas which probably isn't really worth the work to change but some eager beavers will change in part. Anyway, I leave it to you guys, I just thought the inconsistency was worth pointing out. Le Deluge (talk) 21:18, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Update - I've proposed it for deletion as a way of generating discussion over at CFD although personally I'm 50:50 either way. Le Deluge (talk) 18:17, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
From what I understand from French wikipedia and the law text they refer to, the Metropolis of Lyon has taken over all authority from the department of Rhône for its 59 member communes. It's on the same administrative level as departments (so below the region Rhône-Alpes, to which it still belongs), but it's not a department. It's a special territorial collectivity (that article needs to be updated too). Also since 1 January 2015, the communes of the Arrondissement of Lyon that didn't join the Metropolis of Lyon changed over to the Arrondissement of Villefranche-sur-Saône, these needs to be updated too. I started updating the infobox template. Markussep Talk 09:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Jacques Lebaudy and the Empire of the Sahara[edit]

I have just written a first pass at an article on Jacques Lebaudy, an eccentric French millionaire who in 1903 tried to found an empire on the Moroccan coast. I'm sure there are much better sources on him and his "Empire" in French - there is a recent French biography of him, for instance - but I don't read French. Perhaps someone here might want to expand his article, or write one on his "Empire"? (It is just a redirect at the moment.) The Lebaudy family as a whole seems like it might be worthy of more coverage in English - there is an article on the family in the French Wikipedia, and much of interest to write about them. Brianyoumans (talk) 17:05, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

You may want to expand the lede to mention how acquired his initial wealth, and a sentence or two about how the Empire scheme panned out. Bms4880 (talk) 20:37, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
I just tweaked the lede a little. I'm not quite sure what happened to Lebaudy's "Empire"; it is mentioned that he was in London in October 1903, but whether his hired men had abandoned their camp in Morocco by that time, I don't know. My feeling is that any actual presence on the ground was probably abandoned by October 1903, but I don't know for sure. The sources I can find so far are vague and contradictory. Perhaps someone could check the French newspapers of the time? Brianyoumans (talk) 21:05, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Category:Quais in Paris[edit]

Category:Quais in Paris, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for upmerging to Category:Streets in Paris. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 11:47, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Sources about black African groups in Paris?[edit]

As some of you know, there is a series of articles based on ethnic minority groups in Paris, North Africans, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese. However there is one major group missing: the black Africans/sub-Saharan Africans.

I have experienced great difficulty in finding English sources about them. There may be French sources... I do not know whether they group all black African groups together (for example the sources discussing North Africans tend to discuss them as a single group and not by the individual country) or whether they discuss Ivorians, Malians, Congolese, Rwandans, etc. separately. The article scopes and titles should be dictated by what sources use.

WhisperToMe (talk) 06:57, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

France's recognition of minority languages[edit]

Should the infobox state and show France's recognized minority languages. I added the minority languages in the infobox(without sources) a while ago, but then not long ago it got reverted by a user. And we ended up into a edit war, as he stated that it wasn't true. And these are the sources that states that minority languages have been added to the French constitution; Article 75-1 de la Constitution de la Cinquième République française with sources to it and [1]. I ask as I figured that if I add the source(s) without seeing what everyone else thinks about them, they would get removed. Seqqis (talk) 21:30, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Category:Official historical monuments of France[edit]

Just want to see if there's some agreement here. Would people be OK with splitting this by region/department? I don't mind either way, I can understand having a main one for convenience, but like Bien Cultural for Spain I think it would be better to organize by region. Any thoughts people? Merci beaucoup.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:01, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

@Ser Amantio di Nicolao:, Promenader, SiefkinDR?♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:05, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Absolutely it needs splitting. There's so many that I think having one overarching category becomes too difficult to navigate. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 13:30, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Agreed. Split it. Bms4880 (talk) 13:33, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
44,236 monuments in 2012! Yup seems uncontroversial, but you never know with French topics on wiki ;-).♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:23, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Consequence of the cantonal recutting[edit]

I see by fr:Redécoupage cantonal de 2014 en France that a few weeks ago the number of cantons was reduced by half. This means that the arrondissement articles, which list the cantons, ought to be updated eventually.

If that's done by a bot, I hope it won't be in the same absurd format as before, with the cantons and communes listed separately, each list meaninglessly numbered, and the communes pointlessly boxed in a table. See my rearrangement of Arrondissement of Beauvais for my idea of How Things Ought To Be. —Tamfang (talk) 08:25, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Looks like the French articles haven't fully caught up yet. —Tamfang (talk) 09:20, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Paris International Agricultural Show[edit]

Some recent edits have added an infobox and other templates that do not exist. I suspect the text comes from fr:Salon international de l'agriculture where the templates work. I'm hoping someone will want to fix it up. Johnuniq (talk) 03:18, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Relevant move request[edit]

There is a move request at Talk:Epping (disambiguation) that members of this project may be interested in. Egsan Bacon (talk) 14:39, 4 May 2015 (UTC)