Have you cancelled your Summer vacation in France? Are you still hesitant to go in public places? There are so many services on the Internet that will whisk you away to different places!
Here is a short selection of some of our favourite online platforms and curated links for free exploring, reading, watching, listening, dreaming with the French culture!

Cooking with a French Twist

France has such a huge culinary tradition that French cuisine has been declared aWorld Heritage” by UNESCO. Escape the confinement by exploring and experiencing French gastronomic culture!

Our Selection:
Try timeless classic French dish recipes with leading French cooking website Marmiton to give a go at Boeuf Bourguignon, Quiche Lorraine
Soupe à l’Oignon, Ratatouille, Gratin Dauphinois, Salade Niçoise, ChoucrouteGalettes Bretonnes, Coq-au-vinPoulet BasquaiseHachis Parmentier Pot-au-feu, Bouillabaisseor, if you're feeling adventurous, try traditional boulangerie and pâtisserie such as Baguette, Croissant, Tarte tatin, Crème brûlée, Île flottante and Macarons // Watch specialists at work with cooking shows such as Les carnets de Julie, Tous en cuisine, Voyages & délices, and, of course, the cult TV program La Cuisine des mousquetaires!

These services are free

Reading Tourism TV / Series
Reading in French
on Culturethèque
  Visit French Landmarks with Google
French TV and
Series on Madelen
We are delighted to offer you all the digital library  Culturethèque free of charge until May 30th! The revolutionary online platform developed by Institut Français is accessible 24/7, anywhere from any digital device, and offers over 150,000 online French titles including magazines, newspapers, books, audiobookscomics & graphic novels, learning modules and so much more!

Our Selection: The French Library team has curated special collections for you : "Stay At Home" Top Picks // New Novels // Crime Fiction // Children's Corner with books, magazines & recordings // Rentrée Littéraire et Prix 2019 // New Audio Books 2020 // Gastronomy Magazines and many other selections by theme, age, interests and level in the French Language.
Contact the Library to set up your free account.

This service is free for 2 months
Online globetrotting is the new tourism! There is no reason why this confinement should prevent you from exploring cities and landscapes. With Goggle tools such as Street View, Earth, and Arts & Culture, the world is at your fingertips!

Our Selection: Visit French landmarks and get inside La Tour EiffelLe Mont St Michel, Le Château de ChambordL'Opéra National de Paris, Le Château de Fontainebeau // Go for a refreshing walk on the Falaises d'Etretat, les Jardins du Palais de Versailles, the lavender fields of Provence, or l'Ile de la Pietra in Corsica // Go on a casual stroll in one of France's biggest cities and get lost in the streets of Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes // take a boat trip around Nice // or even take the Mont Blanc hiking trail!

These services are free
The Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA), the repository of all French audiovisual archives, has created the streaming platform Madelen featuring +130,000 TV programmes, series, fiction, performances and documentaries!

Our Selection: Cult TV Series Belphégor, Fantômas, Les Rois Maudits, Les Cinq Dernières Minutes, Aux frontières du possible, Noires sont les galaxies, La Brigade des maléfices // Cult TV programmes Chorus (live music), Strip tease (society), Droit de réponse (politics), Bouillon de culture (culture), Alain Decaux raconte (History), Les Dossiers de l'écran (society) // Animated series Les Shadoks, Le Roman de Renart and a special Festival du film d'animation d'Annecy retrospective // Iconic Theatre adaptations Oh les beaux jours, Dom Juan, and a whole La Comédie Française season.

This service is free for 3 months
Performance   Visual Arts   Science
French Concerts and
Shows on Youtube
  Virtual Tours of
French Museums
  Explore Science
in French
Going to a show is certainly what we'll miss the most during this confinement time. With Youtube you can immerse yourself in an infinity of live performances!

Our Selection: The excellent Concerts à emporter organised by La Blogotheque // full concerts for all tastes, Daft Punk, StromaeSerge Gainsbourg NTM, Indochine, Jacqueline Dupré, Alain Bashung, Édith Piaf, Christine and the Queens and have you seen the Orchestre National de France performing Ravel's Boléro through video conferencing? // Full plays like Art, Le Père Noël est une ordure, 8 Femmes, Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Molière's L'Avare, and Jean Anouilh's Antigone // Stand-Up comedy by Gad Elmaleh, Kyan Khojandi, Professeur Rollin, and many more!

This service is free
France has many of the most significant art collections in the world with museums attracting millions every year. Nowadays you can very easily access these paintings and artefacts online!

Our Selection:
Immersive Virtual Tours of some of the greatest museums in the world: Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l'Orangerie, Palais de Versailles, Musée du quai Branly, Opéra National de Paris; and one of the oldest: les Grottes de Lascaux! // Online Collections at Centre Pompidou, Musées de la ville de Paris, Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Musée des Abattoirs de Toulouse, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris // Many museums and cultural institutions are also organising live tours & activities on their social networks, check out the #CultureChezNous initiative and the POP platform created by the French Ministry of Culture for more information!

These services are free
Widen your horizons with scientific documentariesconferences, experiments, games for newbies and specialists alike!

Our Selection: Documentaries & series Arte Tv has a huge collection of scientific series including the fascinating Tu mourras moins bête, Data Science VS Fake, La Magie du Cosmos; France 3's classic C'est pas sorcier; France 5's Petit Malabar // Science Podcasts Sur les épaules de Darwin, Sixième Science, 300 milliards d'étoiles, La Méthode scientifique // Conferences Universcience, TED Talks in French // Exoplanets-A's series on Space and on Exoplanets // Apps and VR created by the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle // Scientitic games and tutorials for 9-14 years old on the Junior website of La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie // Fun and easy experiments to recreate at home on Youtube channels Brico Sympa and Tout comment.

These services are free
Our regular cultural programme onsite will resume as soon as possible. In the meantime we offer online live events on social networks, and online screenings, talks, and workshops on Zoom! Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates!