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Bonjour - je m'appelle Leyla! But don't be fooled by my name... 

My Turkish father may have won the naming battle but my mother, with 10 centuries of Frenchness behind her, won the education war. 

Born in Paris and brought up in Spain and Canada, I now live in the bucolic Alpine foothills of Eastern France, close to the Swiss border. This website, Offbeat France, helps satisfy my own curiosity about France's secrets and oddities. And while I'm at it, perhaps I can satisfy yours too!