Mes ancêtres, les cimetières, le fromage de chèvre, Groupama (toujours, toujours là pour moi), Jane Birkin et ses filles, Paris, Roue de la fortune et Adeck, Victoire Thivisol, et bien sûr ma Villers-Cotterets ! Allez les bleus, et vive la France !
Translation/Explanation in English. My ancestors, the cemeteries, the goat cheese, Groupama (always, always there for me), Jane Birkin and her daughters, Paris, Wheel of Fortune and Adeck, Victoire Thivisol, and of course my Villers-Cotterets! Go Blues, and long live France!
Groupama was a French bank, and "always, always there for me" was the very catchy jingle sung in their commercials. (Trust me, it sounds better in French.) Banque Populaire, whom I banked with while in France, also had a good commercial. It opened with Cinderella sweeping a floor, when her two wicked stepsisters came in and began making a mess, saying "You missed a spot," and etc. Cinderella gets mad, throws down her broom, and rips off her ragged old dress, revealing a beautiful ball gown underneath. She storms out of the room, and her stepsisters call, "Cendrillon, tu vas ou comme ca?" (= Cinderella, where are you going dressed like that?) and she replies over her shoulder, "Je vais a Banque Populaire!" (= I'm going to Banque Populaire!).
Jane Birkin was born British but speaks French fluently and has had a long stellar career in France. She has three daughters with three different men: Kate Barry, a photographer; Charlotte Gainsbourg, an actress; and Lou Doillon, a model. They are all French and all fabulous, and considered the First Ladies of French beauty and fashion.
Roue de la Fortune is the French Wheel of Fortune. Its format is almost identical to the American version, but whereas the American version caters to your grandma, the French show is young and hip. Its Pat Sajak is a young guy named Christophe, and its Vanna White is a Swedish underwear model named Victoria. The third host is Adeck, Christophe's Jack Russell terrier. He comes on every show, sometimes wandering into the audience or among the camera crew, but he spends most of his time on his little chair, next to Christophe's chair behind the wheel.