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  • brussels-DonaldTrump-EmmanuelMacron-politique-french-francePress Review: Macon Meets Trump

    Ce jeudi 25 mai, Donald Trump a reçu Emmanuel Macron à l'ambassade américaine à Bruxelles. En marge du sommet de l'Otan et du G7, les deux présidents se rencontraient pour la première fois. Le président américain avait déjà contacté son homologue français pour le féliciter de sa victoire, le 8 mai dernier, mais cette première poignée de main est un moment "très important pour...

  • election-legislative-french-amerique-du-nord-etats-unis-canadaFrench Legislative Elections (2/6): Education

    Les samedis 3 et 17 juin prochains, les Français résidant aux Etats-Unis et au Canada éliront leur représentant parmi dix-sept candidats*. Jusqu’au premier tour, France-Amérique publiera une série d’entretiens avec les candidats sur des thèmes chers aux expatriés : l’éducation, la santé, la consultation politique, la fiscalité et le retour en France. Après avoir présenté les candidats, nous nous intéressons maintenant...

  • election-legislative-french-amerique-du-nord-etats-unis-canadaFrench Legislative Elections (1/6): Who Are the Candidates?

    Les samedis 3 et 17 juin prochains, les Français résidant aux Etats-Unis et au Canada éliront leur représentant parmi dix-sept candidats*. Jusqu’au premier tour, France-Amérique publiera une série d’entretiens avec les candidats sur des thèmes chers aux expatriés : l’éducation, la santé, la consultation politique, la fiscalité et le retour en France. Pour introduire cette série, nous avons demandé aux...

  • election-legislative-french-amerique-du-nord-etats-unis-canadaFrench Legislative Elections: The 17 North-American Candidates

    Les samedis 3 et 17 juin prochains, les Français résidant aux Etats-Unis et au Canada éliront leur représentant parmi dix-sept candidats*. Jusqu’au premier tour, France-Amérique publiera une série d’entretiens avec les candidats sur des thèmes chers aux expatriés : l’éducation, la santé, la consultation politique, la fiscalité et le retour en France. Pour introduire cette série, nous avons demandé aux dix-sept candidats de se présenter et de...

Opinion

  • attentat-manchester-angleterre-bombe“Good” Muslims, and the Others

    The same question is asked every time an Islamist terror attack shocks a Western city, such as Manchester this week. Are terrorists crusading warriors, or simply uprooted, frustrated young men? Are they “good” Muslims? On May 21, Donald Trump was in Riyadh giving a speech to Saudi leaders and the most important kings and emirs of the Arab world. In...

  • rolandlescure-fredericlefebvre-en-marche-les-republicainsThe Symbol of the French Legislative Elections

    June 2017 will see each of the 577 French legislative constituencies choose a deputy (equivalent to a member of Congress) to represent them at the National Assembly for the next five years. French people living in North America will elect their representative from 17 candidates on June 3 and 17. We can predict with some certainty which two main candidates...

  • Happymother'sday-french-france-fetedesmeresLa Fête des Mères Versus Mother’s Day

    There are two weeks between Mother’s Day in the United States and France, the former taking place on the second Sunday in May and the latter on the last. But calendars aside, their totally distinct origins sum up just how different our two societies really are. Mother’s Day in the U.S.A. was started in a Methodist church in West Virginia in 1908 by a...

  • Macron-president-elect-louvre-parisMacron, the Vocabulary of a Generation

    By voting en masse for Emmanuel Macron, French people living in the United States chose a politician who is like them: business-minded, dynamic and open to the world. Has Emmanuel Macron been granted a true, popular mandate driven by his personality and his manifesto, or was he elected by default? The answer is probably both. The French presidential election bore a striking resemblance to...

Culture

  • agnes-varda-california-uncle-yanco-san-francisco-movieAgnès Varda in Californialand

    The French New Wave icon will be the focus of a retrospective at the BAMcinématek in New York from May 31 to June 13, 2017. Her six films set in the United States between 1967 and 1981 will be the focus of this homage. We met up with the French artist in 2013 when she was a guest at the...

  • Noel-Nicolas-Coypel-Abduction-of-Europa“There Is Much to Discover About 18th-Century French Painting”

    Curator of the exhibition "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting" is Yuriko Jackall, who studied and worked in France for 10 years before coming to Washington, DC to join the staff of the National Gallery of Art as curator of French 18th century paintings. Prior to the exhibition’s opening on Sunday, May 21, she talked about the show and its origins....

  • pulp-fiction-movie-cannes-Quentin-Tarantino-golden-palmFrom “Dumbo” to “Pulp Fiction”: 70 Years of American Palmes d’Or

    Today marks the kick-off of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. It is an opportunity to revisit the 22 American films that have been awarded the Grand Prize or the Palme d'Or since the festival's inauguration in 1939. Initially, the highest award granted by the festival was called "Grand Prize of the International Film Festival." But in 1954, the...

  • cinema-croisette-red-carpet-stepsThe United States Are Top of the Steps at the Cannes Film Festival

    The Cannes Film Festival was also a promise made to the United States. Founded at the beginning of World War II, the event wasn’t held for the first time until 1946. The festival’s posters have often drawn inspiration from U.S. cinema ever since, and the Americans are out in force on La Croisette almost every year. After all, they’ve been...

Business

  • rose-vin-france“Rosé Is the Champagne of American Millenials”

    While seen as old-fashioned in France, rosé wine is blossoming in the United States. Pierrick Bouquet spotted an opportunity in the wine’s growing success, and founded two popular events: La Nuit en Rosé, from May 18 until 20, and Pinknic, from June 24 until 25. The 34-year-old Parisian explains how rosé has become the "champagne of the millennials." France-Amérique: How...

  • Two-Girls-Coffee-Shapr-appMeet Shapr, the French Networking App That’s Taking Off in the U.S.

    Sponsored Content: Anyone who has ever moved cities (or countries!) knows how challenging it can be to build a network in a new place. However, your network is the single most important professional tool you have for your career. Your network can get you in the door at interesting companies, advise you on your ideas and help introduce you to...

  • Guittard-chocolat-chocolaterie-san-francisco-californieGuittard: The Chocolate of Choice for American Chefs

    The Guittard chocolate company enjoys a reputation in the United States that it does not have in France. The company’s founder Etienne Guittard hailed from the Burgundy region and brought his recipes over in 1868. Based in California for five generations, this family business provides chocolate to the greatest American pastry chefs. In the middle of the 19 th Century, Etienne Guittard left his...

  • MaisonKayser-boulangerie-pain-bread-france-frenchMaison Kayser Continues its Conquest of the United States

    The Maison Kayser French bakery chain opened its 11th New York site on March 15 in the Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood. Needless to say, the company is continuing to convert Americans to the art of good bread, and is now working on new openings in Miami and Los Angeles.  It is midday in New York, and customers are bustling into the...

Education

  • Pasadena-californie-coucher-de-soleilA Public Immersion Program for Pasadena

    Two French-English bilingual classes will open next August at the Pasadena, California, school district. In a state where public schools are rare, this free program is quick to seduce parents. Gary Prézeau is from Sherbrooke in the Quebec province. His wife, Kerry, is Australian. Based in Pasadena, California, since 2001, the couple endeavor to raise their son “in a bilingual environment.” Their five-year-...

  • salt-lake-city-utah-ut-slcBilingualism Becomes a Government Affair in Salt Lake City

    Public schools in Utah are focusing on dual language immersion to create a generation of cosmopolitan citizens and attract international investors. With a total of 3,900 children involved in the Francophone part of the program, Utah is the second American state — just behind Louisiana — with the highest number of pupils learning French. Room 216 is an ordinary classroom, with a whiteboard, 30...

  • armstrong-state-university-georgiaAre Online Classes the Way Forward for French Departments?

    French departments threatened with closure in the United States are finding a solution online. Four universities in Georgia recently joined forces to create the first online bachelor’s degree in French Dorothée Mertz-Weigel meets her French students for an advanced conversation class every Monday at 9pm. The discussions takes place online via Skype. The students include office workers, soldiers and homemakers,...

  • voting-booth-vote-election-referendumA Vote to Repeal the Ban on Bilingual Public Schools in California

    On November 8, 2016, Americans will choose who will be their president for the next four years. On the same day, Californian voters will also decide the future of dual-language education in their state. In a sort of direct democracy, 17 propositions are being put to the vote in California this year. They include the abolishment of the death penalty...

Gastronomy

  • Thierry-Rautureau-cuisinier-seattle-lucThierry Rautureau: Out of the Kitchen and onto our Small Screens

    Thierry Rautureau is perhaps best known to Americans by his nickname, “the Chef in the Hat”. Having been a Seattleite for 30 years, the chef from the Vendée region hosts a weekly radio show and regularly appears on cooking programs on The Food Network, PBS and Bravo. His small screen appearances act as a second storefront for his café, Luc, which will be...

  • Jacquestorres-chocolat-museum-french-franceJacques Torres Inaugurates his Chocolate Museum in New York

    Choco-Story is the very first chocolate museum in New York, and opened in the SoHo neighborhood on March 7. Founded by French chocolatier Jacques Torres, the new institution looks back over the history of cacao. A Mayan manuscript sits proudly in a showcase. The artifact is a reproduction of an original codex dating back to pre-Columbian societies in the third...

  • Jacky-Robert-francais-cuisinier-boston-restaurait-maisonJacky Robert’s Gastronomical Family Heritage

    Normandy-born chef Jacky Robert is continuing his family traditions in Boston. Starting out alongside his late uncle Lucien Robert, he helped make the restaurant Maison Robert into a showcase for French gastronomy, popular with Julia Child and the Kennedy family. Since 2005, the French chef has delighted the Boston smart-set with his own restaurant, Ma Maison, which will be taking...

  • charles-dales-bouche-bistro-santa-fe-restaurant-nouveau-mexiqueBouche, a Slice of Provence in New Mexico

    From appetizers to desserts, the bistro Bouche blends French and American influences. Heading up this Santa Fe restaurant, American chef Charles Dale offers a menu showcasing the American southwest while paying homage to his childhood on the French Riviera and his years spent in New York alongside French chef Daniel Boulud. Bouche is also one of the 50 restaurants taking...