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Today is more than just Friday the 14th of July, it’s also Quatorze Juillet, as the French call Bastille Day, their holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille as the beginning of the French Revolution and independence from tyranny. What better way to say “Vive La France” than posting a French-flavored LAist Interview with Gilles Amsallam, co-founder of French Tuesdays, a weekly members-only social club that has just established a presence in Los Angeles.

French Tuesdays holds an event every Tuesday in different venues all over town for its members and their guests. The only constants are the champagne provided by French Tuesday’s sponsors and a Francophile vibe. France-Amerique, the New York-based international edition of Le Figaro, features a profile of French Tuesdays members on a monthly basis. This month the paper profiled French Tuesday Los Angeles member, Bérénice Colomb-Yeghikian of Lakeview Terrace.

Angelenos can celebrate Bastille Day locally at the following events:
-There’s an invitation-only cocktail reception tonight at the French Consul’s residence in Beverly Hills.

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-The consulate will also host a free Bastille Day LA festival over at the Page Museum in the Miracle Mile.

-Some French restaurants around town plan to have special menus in honor of the holiday. Try Café Marly, Joe's in Venice, La Cachette or Melisse in Santa Monica.

If you want a direct view of what's going on today in Paris, check out our brethern at Parisist or the Anglophone The Paris Blog. Since there's more to France than just Paris, check out This French Life.

Age and Occupation:
41 years old, co-founder of the French Tuesdays (an event planning company in NY, Miami and LA)

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood does you live in?
I have been in LA for approximately 10 weeks now and found a great apartment in West Hollywood.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?
I moved to LA to develop our third French Tuesdays city.

Why did you start French Tuesday in Los Angeles?
We decided to expand to Los Angeles as a logical progression of our business from East Coast, then WEST . Also our main sponsor, Laurent Perrier, was eager to increase it’s presence/image in the L.A. nightlife scene as well, the same way we did in NY and Miami.

Do French Tuesday participants only speak French at these events? How many French-speaking people attend your events?
It is Francophile event, not a francophone event, so any nationalities are welcome, even encouraged, as we only have 35 % of French people coming to event, 35% are American and the rest is 30 different nationalities.