Le Cercle Français Chiswick

There is a conversation group which takes place in Chiswick, in French. Le Cercle Francais meets on the second Friday of the month in the Raphael Room of St Michael & All Angels Church and they’ve just announced their programme for the coming year. The first one, this Friday (12 October), is about the relationship between Clemenceau and Monet.

Georges Clemenceau, novelist, physician and politician, was France’s Prime Minister during the First World War.  Nicknamed ‘Le Tigre’ he was one of the chief architects of the Treaty of Versailles; rather like a left wing Winston Churchill as a wartime leader.

He was also a supporter of contemporary painting and photography and befriended the likes of Édouard Manet and Claude Monet. Their relationship and the story of Monet’s famous waterlily paintings, which he offered to the state, are the subject of Présidente d’honneur, Line Playfair’s talk, in French, starting at 7pm.

To read more about the event, click here