Northern Tasmanian Francophiles celebrate Bastille Day

There were plenty of bonjours and baguettes for Alliance Française de Launceston’s Bastille Day celebrations.

About 40 members of the Launceston-based French society met to celebrate France’s National Day on Saturday.

Following a bi-lingual introduction to the three course French meal, alliance president Rod Howell said a “new wave” of Francophiles were joining the alliance.

BASTILLE DAY: Alliance Française de Launceston Committee members Rod Howell,Caitlin Clark, Margaret and Julian Ridgers, celebrate next to Julian's French 1974 model Citroen DS. Picture: Phillip Biggs

BASTILLE DAY: Alliance Française de Launceston Committee members Rod Howell,Caitlin Clark, Margaret and Julian Ridgers, celebrate next to Julian's French 1974 model Citroen DS. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Younger people were being attracted to the vibrant culture, which held so many intriguing elements, Mr Howell said.

“Many people want a taste of France.”

The alliance hosts four French language classes, from beginners to advanced conversation, which had increasing class sizes, he said. 

Vice president Caitlin Clark said the society enabled people to meet with others who had a passion for all things French.

“Launceston has a lot of Francophiles and when there’s an important day, like Bastille Day, they come out of the woodwork,” Ms Clark said.

Anyone interested in finding out more should check the alliance’s Facebook page, she said.

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