Skiing in France

While I love photography, I never really got into video. Because I'm not the guy to pull off flips on skis or jump out of planes, I never considered myself the target audience for a GoPro. However, I got a GoPro for Christmas and was eager to try it on a ski trip to the French Alps. Below is my first attempt at shooting and editing video. The French Alps are stunning and that alone is reason to watch the video. No doubt I have to hone my skills -- both shooting and in the editing room -- and it wouldn't hurt if I could pull off a flip on my skis either. ;-)

Louvre using Drupal

Big news! The world's most visited art museum in the world is now using Drupal for its website: http://louvre.fr. Très cool!

Louvre

Le Figaro using Drupal

Le Figaro, the oldest and second-largest national newspaper in France, started using Drupal for its social features on http://www.lefigaro.fr. It is still using its old web content management system to serve its main content, but all of the social features such as comments on articles are now provided by Drupal.

I met the engineering team, including Le Figaro's Chief Technology Officer René Wallendorf, for lunch when I was in Paris last week, and they were very happy with Drupal. The integration project was delivered on time, within budget and was considerably cheaper than the alternative solutions they had investigated. All things combined, this should be a big win for Drupal, especially in France. Vraiment très cool!

Le figaro
Le Figaro
Some of Le Figaro's print publications. Le Figaro is also the official translator of The New York Times, pictured in the middle of the photo.
Le Figaro
Left: Chief Technology Officer of Le Figaro. Right: the community manager of Le Figaro.

State of Drupal presentation (September 2009)

Two weeks ago at DrupalCon Paris, I gave my traditional state of Drupal presentation. The video of the presentation is available from archive.org, and you can download a copy of my slides (PDF, 8 MB) as well.

I don't want to give away the spoiler, but essentially, the state of Drupal is strong. :) We should be really proud of what we have accomplished with Drupal 6, and what we're about to accomplish with Drupal 7. In the presentation, I also talk about what it means for Drupal to grow up, and what the next phase of our life will most likely look like.

François Fillon on Drupal in Le Figaro

François Fillon, French Prime Minister, mentions Drupal in Le Figaro, one of the leading French daily newspapers. Read the article: Fillon est-il un «vrai geek»?. Maybe he has his own Drupal site or will get one soon? (Hat tip: Ineation)

François Fillon on Drupal in Le figaro

French government portal using Drupal

After the French Ministry for Health, Youth and Sport using Drupal started using, the French government switched its official government portal to Drupal! Check it out at http://www.gouvernement.fr. Impressionnant!

The site was built by the French Government Multimedia Team and Adyax Experts (an Acquia partner). About 10 persons worked on it for several months. Most of the work was spent on building custom migration tools to switch from SPIP Agora to Drupal.

French government portal

Randstad using Drupal

Randstad, a company providing temporary and permanent employment HR services, is using Drupal for their French site: http://randstad.fr. Randstad is the second largest HR services provider in the world and has major positions in over 50 countries. Randstad is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. If you're looking for Drupal work, they might have a job opening ... (Hat tip: Joeri Poesen)

Randstad

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