About Father’s Day in France with a Song!

Father’s Day was started in France in 1950 by the Flaminaire lighter company.  They were inspired by the American Father’s Day holiday which already existed. Flaminaire did it as a marketing ploy to help launch their new gas lighter. The campaign slogan was, “Nos papas nous l’ont dit: pour la fête des pères, ils désirent tous un Flaminaire” – “Our dads told us, for Father’s Day, the all want a Flaminaire (lighter)”.


Father’s Day became an official holiday in France in 1952. Since then, it takes place the third Sunday in June.

Here’s a song that’s sung for Father’s Day in France…

Petit Papa

Petit Papa, c’est aujourd’hui ta fête,
Maman m’a dit que tu n’étais pas là.
J’avais des fleurs pour couronner ta tête
Et un bouquet pour mettre sur ton cœur.
Petit Papa, petit Papa!

English Translation:

Little Dad

Little dad, today is your holiday
Mommy told me you weren’t here.
I had flowers to crown your head
And a bunch to put on your heart.
Little dad, little dad!

Listen to a Recording of Petit Papa

Thanks to Monique Palomares for singing the song for us!

Joyeuse fête des Pères !

Mama Lisa

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