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  • coffee-christmas-yule-log-maison-kayserRecipe: Coffee Yule Log

    French pastry chef Eric Kayser has sold yule logs since he opened his first store in the United States in 2012. For the holidays, he shared with us a recipe for a traditional French Christmas dessert, the coffee yule log. Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 servings Ingredients For the coffee syrup: 1⁄2 cup...[Subscriber]

  • neutralite-du-netNet Neutrality: A French Right, an American Luxury

    On December 14, 2017, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide whether or not to abolish net neutrality. While it exists as a fundamental principle in France, this regulation is threatened in America. David Fayon is a French specialist of the digital economy, and has lived in the San Francisco region for the last three years. He is the...

  • james-baldwin-maison-bastide-provence-saint-paul-de-vence“Last Chance” to Save James Baldwin’s Provençal Country House

    Ten million euros. This is the amount required to purchase and restore African-American writer James Baldwin’s country house, which is currently threatened by a real estate project. Luckily, a “literary activist” in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is refusing to give up. Located halfway between Nice and Antibes, the house where James Baldwin spent the last 17 years of his life has seen better...

  • francois-pompon-ourse-blancAdopt a Parisian Statue!

    The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association has launched a most original campaign to finance the maintenance of artwork in the Parisian museum. A total of 41 statues are gathering dust in the main nave of the Musée d’Orsay and on the two adjacent terraces. Since the museum was reopened in 1986, the passing years have left their mark...

Opinion

  • johnny-hallyday-bordeaux-france-2013Johnny, France’s Good American

    On December 6, 2017, the French lost their most popular countryman. Johnny was decried by the French elites but the workers adored him. He was our homegrown American. Whatever may think Paris’ lofty intellectuals who decry the United States, Johnny Hallyday was embraced by three generations of French people. Emmanuel Macron reflected this evident popularity when he declared that Johnny,...[Subscriber]

  • barack-obama-paris-napoleons-speechObama Meets with Napoléon

    Barack Obama did not travel to Paris to meet Emmanuel Macron. He was in fact invited by Les Napoléons, a small committee of French businesspeople who invest in covert diplomacy. On December 2, 2017, a date that marks the anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz, Barack Obama was received at the Elysée Palace by Emmanuel Macron. The reasons for this...[Subscriber]

  • the-wolf-of-wall-street-leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorcesePresidents of the Rich

    The tax reforms introduced by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have done nothing to improve the social and economic situations of our two countries. Instead, they are making the richest richer and widening the inequality gap. Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have committed to parallel tax reforms whose consequences, in both countries, weigh heavy on the middle classes while cutting...[Subscriber]

  • thanksgiving-turkey-dinnerIn the Promised Land

    Having become an American citizen two year ago, after ten years of administrative procedures, I find myself confronted with the final step: celebrating Thanksgiving. Not to honor the fourth Thursday of November would not be very American. It would be entirely un-American. Forget the green cards, the passports and the right to vote. Surely Thanksgiving is the one, true consecration...[Subscriber]

Culture

  • besancon-indiana-panneau-route-billy-fumeyIn Search of the Franc-Comtois People of America

    Billy Fumey dreamed of being a cowboy when he was a child, but the young man has actually become an American "emissary" for his native French region of Franche-Comté. Guitar in hand, he tours Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, following in the footsteps of the first Franc-Comtois settlers. The inhabitants of Besançon in Eastern France know that their city shares...

  • johnny-hallyday-france-zenithJohnny Hallyday, American at Heart

    French singer Johnny Hallyday grew up with Elvis and Chuck Berry, and passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the age of 74. "That’s where all the music I love comes from. From the blues," said this child of rock music and American culture in 1972. "His father is American, and his mom is French," said Line Renaud when...[Subscriber]

  • une-chambre-en-Inde-ariane-Mnouchkine-theatre-du-soleilAriane Mnouchkine: A Room in India

    Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil are icons of popular theater in France, and will be presenting their latest production, A Room in India, in New York from December 5 to 20, 2017. Audiences can expect a comedy combining eastern influences and references to Charlie Chaplin. For 13 consecutive nights, the 75 members of the Théâtre du Soleil will...[Subscriber]

  • bataille-de-versailles-defile-de-mode-france-1973The Battle of Versailles: A French-American Fashion Showdown

    Five American designers and five French fashion hotshots went head to head for a runway show at the Château de Versailles on November 28, 1973. The event’s objective was to raise money to restore the château, and saw the United States make its grand entrance onto the international fashion scene. "By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s...

Business

  • wooln-knitting-wool-hat-tricot-laine-bonnet-new-york-nycTwo French Expats Put New York Grandmas Back to Work

    New York City grandmothers can go back to work by knitting hats for Wooln, a startup founded by two French transplants living in the U.S. In its third year, the company led by Margaux Rousseau and Faustine Badrichani is growing steadily in terms of sales and grandmas. Nine retired women knit regularly for the brand. The "grandmas," as they are...

  • beaujolais-nouveau-wine-vin-party-feteGet Ready for Beaujolais Nouveau!

    After being bottled in Eastern France, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is transported to the four corners of the globe by truck, train, boat, helicopter, motorbike, rickshaw, on the backs of elephants, and in hot air balloons. On the third Thursday of November every year, bars and restaurants worldwide celebrate the arrival of this fruity wine, which is harvested a few weeks...[Subscriber]

  • petit-pot-french-cremes-dessertsPetit Pot: French Desserts, California-Made

    Creamy desserts created by a French pastry chef in San Francisco have found a foodie following on the West Coast of the United States. The brand of organic puddings Petit Pot is hoping to expand across the rest of the country and compete with major American groups by 2018. The company founded by Maxime Pouvreau was born of disappointment. Upon...[Subscriber]

  • washos-waterless-car-wash-los-angeles-californiaIn California, a Car Wash with a Green, French Touch

    Car washing is America’ quintessential chore. But when French entrepreneur Bertrand Patriarca arrived in the U.S. three years ago, he was surprised by the industry’s lack of structure. Washers don’t need a license to operate. The largest car washing company owns less than 0.25 % of the country’s 113,000 stations. Patriarca intends to change this, along with three French associates...

Education

  • theo-choice-movie-documentary-french-education-louisianaA Documentary Depicts the Rebirth of French in Louisiana

    A pair of French teachers have spent two years following the key players in the rebirth of the French language in Louisiana, including teachers, activists, politicians, students and parents. The duo’s resulting documentary, "Theo’s Choice," will be released in the United States next spring. Théodore Brode is one of the rare French teacher from Louisiana. He is part of the...

  • education-french-immersion-bilingual-revolution-usa-fabrice-jaumont“Parents Are Driving Bilingualism in the United States”

    Fabrice Jaumont has a vision. By the year 2050, the Education Attaché at the French Embassy in New York hopes to have introduced a dual-language program into every school in America. Utah already has one in five schools organized in this way, and French is one of the languages of choice. In fact, with more than 160 bilingual options in...

  • Lycee-International-Houston-texasThe Lycée International de Houston Starts its First Semester

    The school will be opening its doors for the first time on August 21, offering an additional option for the increasing number of Francophone families in Houston. The corridors are freshly painted, the floor has been laid, and the furniture is all in place in the classrooms. The Lycée International de Houston was inaugurated on July 14, 2017, and is...

  • Columbia-Universite-Alliance-Programme-nycThe Alliance of French and American Universities

    The Alliance Program, a partnership between Columbia University in New York and three French institutions — Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University — has awarded 700 dual-degrees in the past ten years. Each one of these graduates spent half of their schooling in Paris and the other half in New York, making their education an equal product of...

Gastronomy

  • christmas-yule-log-french-dessertYule Log, a French Dessert Devoured Abroad

    Yule logs are a French culinary tradition par excellence, and abound in American pastry shops and supermarkets during the holiday season. The yule log was originally part of Celtic culture. During the Winter Solstice — the shortest day of the year — the Celts would keep a wooden log burning throughout the night to celebrate the rebirth of the sun....

  • coffee-christmas-yule-log-maison-kayserRecipe: Coffee Yule Log

    French pastry chef Eric Kayser has sold yule logs since he opened his first store in the United States in 2012. For the holidays, he shared with us a recipe for a traditional French Christmas dessert, the coffee yule log. Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 servings Ingredients For the coffee syrup: 1⁄2 cup...[Subscriber]

  • salon-atelier-de-Joel-Robuchon-bangkok-thailandeRecipe for a French Thanksgiving

    Tired of the traditional turkey? This year, why not celebrate Thanksgiving the French way — with a duck confit! Take inspiration from the world's most decorated chef, French culinary superstar Joël Robuchon, whose duck confit recipe is featured on the menu at his latest restaurant, L'Atelier. [For 2 persons] Ingredients For duck: 2 duck legs 2 Ib (1 kg) duck...

  • thanksgiving-paris-rue-saint-paul-grocery-store-epicerieAmerican Grocery Stores for Thanksgiving in Paris

    France-Amérique has selected some of the best American grocery stores in the French capital, so you can prepare your special dinner as if you were back home. Happy Thanksgiving! Rachel’s Grocery Rachel Moeller made a name for herself as a purveyor of cheesecakes for the most fashionable establishments in Paris. Buoyed by her rapid success, she opened her own grocery...[Subscriber]