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Interview David Laroche Los Angeles!


[Flashback] Interview David Laroche à Los Angeles  (French Version)

“C’est possible et ça commence maintenant!”

Rencontre avec David Laroche à Los Angeles, prodige de la confiance en soi , 27 ans, plus jeune conférencier, plus de 200 interviews de personnalités, plus de 5 000 000 vues sur YouTube.  “« Un grand et inspirant jeune homme dont la destinée est de changer le monde » selon  Mark Victor Hansen, co-auteur de Bouillon de poulet pour l’âme : 500 millions de livres vendus dans le monde

Lorsque David m’a répondu lui même par téléphone, je ne pouvais plus reculer! “Tu seras fière de toi demain!” m’a-t’il dit ! comme quoi il faut foncer et ne pas s’inquiéter du qu’en dira-t’on.

Une belle leçon de vie pour moi pour surmonter l’une de mes plus grandes peurs: l’oeil critique de la caméra, mais surtout mon oeil critique à moi et la peur du jugement des autres qui fait parfois ressortir le pire.

Cette première interview vidéo eut lieu il y a un petit moment et je garderai  toujours de cette rencontre le plus beau souvenir.  Merci David, Alban, Julie et toute  l’équipe! 🙂

 Découvrez l’univers de David ici.

[Flashback] David Laroche Interview in Los Angeles (US Version)

“It’s Possible and it starts now!”

David Laroche is the youngest international speaker, 27 years old, more than 200 interviews of experts & thought leaders, more than 100 days of training each year, more than 5M views on Youtube. “His maturity is beyond his years. A young man who’s gonna change the planet.” says Les Brown.

When David answered my message personally on the phone and agreed to meet me (!) I couldn’t back down. ” You’ll be proud of yourself tomorrow,” he told me.

It was a big lesson for me to follow through without worrying about what other people would think by facing one of my biggest fear: the critical eye of the camera lens… but more so my own critical eye and the fear of other people’s judgment which often brings out the worst in people.

This first video interview took place a little while ago and it’s one of those meetings I’ll always remember!  Thank you, David, Alban, Julie, and the team ! 🙂

Discover David’s US Website here

Alban sets up the stage for David’s interview in Marina Del Rey, California.  What have I gotten myself into? I can do this, it’s in the can! 

 

 

 

 

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Who Are the Visionary Founders of Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) ?


“In the 1970s, a group of visionaries felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school that would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. In 1978, they decided to make their vision a reality and to open a school, using the proven French educational system as the foundation for their school’s curriculum.

It all began in a small house in Van Nuys with seven students. Some of the founders’ children were among these first students and they worked hard, alongside their parents, to prepare for their new school  LYCÉE INTERNATIONAL DE LOS ANGELES ( LILA) which was originally named Collège d’études françaises (CEF) School and later The French American Schools of Southern California before it was named LILA 0r Lycée International de Los Angeles and then International School of Los Angeles.”

The original founders of the International School of Los Angeles are Monique, John Mickus, Pierrette Gaspart and Jacques Gaspart.

The school rebranded and changed its name in 2016 to International School of Los Angeles.

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In 1978 Catherine Mickus and Guylaine Gaspart entering their new school Collège d’études françaises (CEF)
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1978 CEF – Collège d’études françaises
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Relaxing after a hard day of work
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Taking a break: Pierrette Gaspart (left) with John Mickus, Catherine Mickus, and Christelle Gaspart.
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Christelle Gaspart, painting windows
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Christelle Gaspart, working on the grounds of the new school
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Francis Mickus, working on the entrance of the new school
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Guylaine Gaspart, working on the windows
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Jacques and Christelle Gaspart at work
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John Mickus at work

THE EDUCATOR

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Mme. Bayet (2nd from left), mother of Monique Mickus, who was on the original LILA Board of Trustees for the school – LILA Class of 1981

1981 – A group of students with Mme. Bayet (2nd from left), mother of Monique Mickus, who was on the original Board of Trustees for the school. She used to quote a saying from Victor Hugo: “ Open schools and you will close prisons.” An educator herself, Mme. Bayet taught French, Latin, and Philosophy when the school first opened in 1978.

THE VISIONARY

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LILA co-founder Monique Mickus

LILA co-founder Monique Mickus came from a long line of educators and was one of the first teachers in 1978 when the school opened. Her great-grandfather, French historian and author Alphonse Aulard ( 1849-1928), held the chair of Professor of History of the French Revolution at the Sorbonne, succeeding Michelet. He was also a co-founder of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Mission Laïque from 1906-1912. Her grandfather, Albert Bayet ( 1880-1961) was Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne and at the L’Ecole pratique des hautes etudes. He too was a member of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Ligue de l’enseignement from 1949-1959. He was president of the Federation nationale de la presse libre during WWII and president of the Federation nationale de la presse française following the war.

CELEBRATION

On December 31st1978,  co-founders Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus celebrated the completion of the first term of their new school.

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December 31st, 1978, Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus celebrate the first term of their new school.

CO-FOUNDERS

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Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus Co-Founders of LILA

While Monique Mickus may have had a clear vision for the school, nothing put her in a bad mood more than going over the accounts. Co-founder Pierrette Gaspart found a way to put a smile on her face as they went over the dreaded task in this photo taken in 1993. Pierrette Gaspart first opened her business doors in Westwood to host the first classroom in Los Angeles for the school.

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Two of the original LILA co-founders, Jacques Gaspart and John Mickus.

MOVE TO VAN NUYS METHODIST CHURCH  in the 1980’s– First formal school buildings. As the school grew out of its original cramped quarters, it was moved briefly to shared grounds with a Methodist church in Van Nuys.

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LILA Class of 1987
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LILA sharing grounds with Methodist Church Van Nuys
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LILA Teaching Team
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LILA Class of 1989

1993 – LOS FELIZ CAMPUS –  The first graduation ceremony at the Los Feliz campus took place, led by co-founder Pierrette Gaspart and Elizabeth Chaponot, daughter of co-founders Monique and John Mickus.

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Pierrette Gaspart and Elizabeth Chaponot, daughter of co-founders Monique and John Mickus. Los Feliz Graduation 1993

1993 – An outing of students with (from left) co-founder Jacques Gaspart, teacher Sam Donlavy, Woodland Hills campus director Shahin Partiyeli, Los Feliz elementary campus director Giselle Mancheva, and co-founder Pierrette Gaspart.

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School Field Trip Outing in 1993
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The graduating class of 1995
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LILA students at an event celebrating the centennial of Charles de Gaulle / centenaire de Charles de Gaulle, 1990

35th LILA ANNIVERSARY

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Co-Founder Jacques Gaspart at LILA 35 – 35th Anniversary

Thank you Ai-lin Grison, LILA Public Relations for this wall display of the “Origins of LILA in 1978 ” during the 35th LILA Anniversary at the Burbank Campus.

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Lycée International de Los Angeles –

“History dies without the present.

 

There is no future without the path made to it by the past.” 

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Lycée International de Los Angeles aka International School of Los Angeles – Present

 

 

“Without History, there is no future” Aidan Chambers

Pictures courtesy of personal archives – more to be added as they become available.

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Related articles:

LILA Then and Now  https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2013/08/28/lila-then-and-now-new-campus-opens-today-in-burbank-just-in-time-for-back-to-school/

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Burbank Campus https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2013/10/13/its-official-burbank-welcomes-lila-lycee-international-de-los-angeles-in-the-neighborhood-ribbon-cutting-ceremony/

LILA 35 – Celebrating 35 years https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2014/09/06/lilas-35th-anniversary-celebration/

Monique Mickus http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/07/local/me-54443

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycée_International_de_Los_Angeles

FROGS! First certified ORGANIC French Bakery in the US!


There’s a new bakery in town! It’s called FROGS!  by Chef Jean-Luc Labat, the first certified ORGANIC French Bakery in Greater Los Angeles! So now you can eat delicious French baked goods from a 5-star pastry chef from the Fouquets on the Champs Elysées in Paris right here in Los Angeles and not feel too guilty about it…cause it’s all organic and good for you!

Chef Jean-Luc Labat FROGS

Check out the beautiful hearty 100% Certified organic selection of organic bread, pastries, and savory Quiche!

FROGS baguette

FROGS also makes organic “Fronut”, (not to be confused with Cronut) the croissant-doughnut hybrid now available in four flavors online among their other organic goodies! They do look darn good!

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 I am a traditional  French-American girl and my favorites are still almond croissants

FROGS almond croissant

or a good tarte aux pommes!

FROGS tarte aux pommes

 

 

 

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Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?


Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?

Yes, I admit it, I resisted posting about Cronut™  Because to me a donut is a donut and a croissant is a croissant but then, I found out that the creator and inventor of the Cronut™ Dominique Ansel is originally from my hometown in Beauvais, France.  And that made me feel very happy and a bit proud too. Bravo Chef for your pioneer and entrepreneurial spirit!  I promise I will taste one. What is a Cronut you may ask? Well quite simply it is a hybrid between a donut and a croissant.

Photo: Buck Ennis

Dominique Ansel ‘s Cronut™ created in 2013  from Beauvais to New York. Check out also Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NY  and his latest cookbook in the works!  open in Los Angeles too as of 2017 at the Grove.

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West Forever: Voyages en Harley Davidson


West Forever: Voyages en Harley Davidson

West Forever fabrique des rêves depuis 19 ans. La devise et le métier de West Forever: ” C’est de vous offrir les plus beaux voyages à moto, les plus belles routes du monde, les plus beaux virages, les plus douces vallées. C’est de vous faire aimer l’odeur du sable, la couleur du désert, de réveiller en vous l’homme ou la femme nomade…”

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“L’histoire de West Forever c’est avant tout une histoire de copains. Celle de Frank Bruynbroek et Dominique Dillenbourg tout d’abord. Ces deux-là, copains d’enfance et motards depuis leurs 16 ans, sont devenus accros aux grands voyages en motos suite à un ride de 6 mois aux USA en 1981. Une expérience suffisamment marquante pour qu’elle scelle leur amitié et imprime le voyage dans leur ADN de façon durable. Aussi, lorsque 14 ans plus tard, des clients de la concession Harley-Davidson de Dominique, demandent si on peut les aider à organiser un voyage aux Etats Unis, nos deux amis se mobilisent et organisent le tout premier tour de la future société West Forever. 1996, avec l’aide de Claudine Walter,  la machine à rêves est lancée et West Forever deviendra en quelques années le numéro 1 des voyages à moto.”

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“Depuis 2011, l’histoire de West Forever est aussi celle d’Eric et Fabien. Eux, se sont rencontrés à moto sur les pistes de l’Amérique du Sud. Eric organisait le rallye raid Gringo 2008 auquel Fabien participait. Le premier appliquait des recettes éprouvées sur des rallyes en Citroën traction (l’une de ses passions) au monde de la moto pour la première fois, et le second renouait avec son goût pour la moto et l’évasion, profitant de l’isolement des grands espaces pour faire le point sur une carrière consacrée aux grandes entreprises qui lui correspondait de moins en moins.”

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“L’entente a été immédiate et savamment entretenue par de redoutables parties de tennis où victoire était synonyme d’invitation et de choix du restaurant. Mais c’est leur complémentarité professionnelle et leur conception commune du voyage qui les a réunis dans l’aventure West Forever. A la recherche d’horizons nouveaux et d’espaces qui font grandir, leur quête ultime reste l’expérience humaine qui naît de rencontres fraternelles partagées sur la route.”

WF 5Désormais, Eric sillonne le monde à la recherche des plus beaux tracés (sur bitume) pour nos Harley et Fabien œuvre depuis Strasbourg et Paris au bon déroulement des voyages et au développement de West Forever!”

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Go with Le Flo Premiere


“Go with Le Flo” World Theatrical Premiere – German/French Romantic Comedy Premieres in Los Angeles – April 11, 12  & 13!

Bright Blue Gorilla: Award-winning filmmakers and musicians, Robyn Rosenkrantz and Michael Glover, invite you to “Go with Le Flo”, a romantic comedy in German and French, shot in Berlin. “Go with Le Flo” will have its World Theatrical Premiere at The Downtown Independent in Los Angeles on April 11, 2014 – Opening weekend (April 11, 12 and 13)  with a live concert by Bright Blue Gorilla followed by Q&A reception.

“…a 21st century comedy that is tender, delightful, sincere, and, when we least expect it, uproariously funny, as it conjures up the spirits of Lubitsch, Wilder, and Sturges.”  Max Alvarez, New York film historian and author

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“Go with Le Flo”, 2013, color, 82 minutes, in German and French with English subtitles, unrated (most likely PG)- Florian is half-German, half-French and owns “Le Flo” – a French delicatessen in Berlin that specializes in salami. When he meets Camille, the daughter of a French director, it’s love at first sight. Florian is going to ask her to marry him but doesn’t know she’s already engaged to a movie star. Florian’s best friend, Jenny, is German and owns a bakery just down the street. She’s in love with him but doesn’t know how to tell him. “Go With Le Flo” explores what true love is, with plenty of twists and turns (some on a Vespa), and lots of salami!

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Bright Blue Gorilla is all about taking chances. In 1990, Robyn Rosenkrantz and Michael Glover quit their L.A. jobs, sold everything they had (except their guitars), and bought one-way tickets to Europe. They landed a deal with Virgin Records then launched their own company, making CDs and touring the world. After acting & singing in the Matthew Broderick/Alec Baldwin movie, The Last Shot, Bright Blue Gorilla started writing-directing-producing their own feature films. With their do-it-yourself lifestyle, they booked the films into art house cinemas in Europe, doing concerts and screenings to support the release. 5 Feature Films, 11 CDs and over 3000 Concerts later, the husband-wife duo is still living outside the box, charming audiences around the world with their music & movies!

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Tickets for “Go with Le Flo” opening weekend events -Buy your tickets: www.gowithleflo.com

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