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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The French Way

French speakers gather on Saturday and Sunday evenings to debate, play games and learn about French food under the auspices of the Moscow Club for Francophones.

The club was organized by Alexander Chahtahtinsky, 34, who was born in Azerbaijan and says a stint studying in Paris inspired him to bring together French speakers in Moscow.

"I had lovely experiences playing French party games there, which are very intelligent," Chahtahtinsky said.

"I realized that people in Russia do not have enough cultural communication. Even in theaters and concert halls, they are only passive spectators," he said.

Chahtahtinsky also thinks French is important on the global stage. "The French language is one of the strongest barriers against the invasion of consumerism," he said.

Typical club activities include "debates dedicated to global problems, political questions and history, as well as parties with intelligent party games and programs on French cuisine," he said.

Special events have included programs dedicated to other francophone countries, most recently Morocco, and horse riding at Solontsovo. Participants will ride again at Solontsovo this Sunday.

A trip to Paris is planned for New Year's.

The club's twice-weekly gatherings are usually held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a venue near the central Pushkinskaya metro station.

The cost of attending a meeting is 100 rubles to 150 rubles. Culinary programs cost about 200 rubles.

Call Alexander Chahtahtinsky at 771-0491 to register for an event before attending. The club's web site is www.francophonie.ru