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  • Catherine-Deneuve-Jacques-Perrin-love-songsHarassment or Seduction: A Franco-American Debate

    The debate on sexual harassment is raging once again in France. Rekindled by an op-ed piece published in Le Monde and signed by some 100 intellectuals, actresses, and publishers, the dispute has highlighted a lack of understanding between French and American women. In an open letter published on January 8, 2018, around 100 French women condemned the #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc...

  • catherine-deneuveSome French Women Condemn the #MeToo Movement

    Actress Catherine Deneuve and some 100 other French women have criticized the #MeToo and #ExposeYourPig movements in the name of men’s "freedom to pester" which they claim is essential to "sexual freedom" — a stance that has sparked debate. "Rape is a crime. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not an offense, nor is gallantry a macho attack." On Tuesday,...

  • happy-holidays-from-france-ameriqueThe Best of 2017

    As 2017 morphs into 2018, (re)discover the articles which garnered the most success on France-Amérique.com in the past twelve months. Happy reading and happy New Year! French Dialects Fight for Survival in the United States Integration and the law forced Francophones in the United States to abandon their language in the early 20th century. Language enthusiasts are now fighting for...

  • emma-illustration-pregnancy-maternity-careIllustrator Portrays Maternity in France and the United States

    French feminist artist Emma has made a name for herself with biting illustrations about gender equality and raising children. In her latest work, she compares maternity care in France and the United States. Emma — her pseudonym — has been invited to take part in a series of articles for The Guardian focused on the American system’s shortcomings in terms of...

Opinion

  • it-is-a-man-world-morhaf-youssef“America is a Male World”

    The op-ed piece criticizing the #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc movements co-signed by French actress Catherine Deneuve has transformed the debate on sexual harassment into a Franco-American quarrel. One conclusion of the stance taken by the actress and some 100 other French figures from the worlds of academia, publishing, and media was that the Americans are supposedly seeking to impose a "puritanical...

  • free-market-franceThe Free Market Lives On in France

    In his latest book, Nobel Prize-winning French economist Jean Tirole addresses the problems of the modern economy with market-based solutions. From an American perspective, the French have never embraced the free market. France has the second-highest ratio of spending to GDP and the fourth-highest rate of taxation among all OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] nations — outpaced only...[Subscriber]

  • rhokhaya-diallo-marianne-franceIs France More Racist Than America?

    Anyone reading the op-ed published in the New York Times on December 28, 2017, would believe French people are racists who turn a blind eye, while Americans at least recognize the discrimination inflicted on African-Americans. This hypothesis is based on the misfortunes of a French journalist of African descent, Rokhaya Diallo, who has made the papers in America while stirring...[Subscriber]

  • 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]

Culture

  • Ziad-Doueiri-the-insultThree Questions to Director Ziad Doueiri

    The Insult is the fourth feature film from France-based Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri, and is currently screening in the United States. The movie has been shortlisted in the Best Foreign Language Film category for this year’s Oscars, set for March 4, 2018. Following on from West Beirut (1998), Lila Says (2004) and The Attack (2012), the moviemaker who used to...

  • louise-mbella-sinai-frenchy-defenseur-sans-abris-sdf-la-skid-row-californie“Frenchy”: The Voice of the Homeless in Los Angeles

    In Los Angeles — the U.S. city with the highest number of homeless people — a French woman is fighting for the rights of those most in need. Formerly homeless herself, she has become a self-made "ambassador for dignity." Louise Mbella feels right at home in Skid Row, a neighborhood home to a large homeless population in Downtown Los Angeles....

  • lover-for-a-day-philippe-garrel-cinema-movie“Lover For a Day”: Garrel at the Peak of his Art

    After Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women, French filmmaker Philippe Garrel is back with a new work on the vagaries of love and desire, in U.S. theaters on January 12. Pleasure and pain. A student rushes down the steps at her university to meet her lover, while another is thrown out by her boyfriend and collapses in tears on...

  • groupe-de-lecture-fiaf-new-york-nycBook Clubs in France and the United States

    While the American style of book club is growing in popularity with French people, particularly via social media, the culture of group reading is not as widespread in France as in the United States. Publishing historian Jean-Yves Mollier compares U.S. book clubs — originally inspired by religion — and their French counterparts — born of worker’s rights and activism. France-Amérique: What is...

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

  • french-bread-baguette-traditionHow to Spot a Good Baguette

    As the French baguette enters the race to be given Unesco World Heritage status, American historian and French bread expert Steven Kaplan teaches us how to recognize and enjoy a good baguette de tradition. Six criteria matter: appearance, crust, crumb, mouth-feel, aroma, and taste. Viewed as a "fancy" food reserved for the bourgeoisie in the early 20th century, the baguette grew in popularity before...[Subscriber]

  • galette-rois-kings-cake-epiphanie-epiphanyThe King’s Cake

    Since January 2017, France-Amérique explores each month the history and the traditions behind a famous French pastry or candy. On the first Sunday of January, France celebrates the Epiphany by sharing a Galette des Rois — a King's Cake. There are countless stories, legends, mysteries and unexpected anecdotes surrounding this emblematic French cake, an irresistible, sweet delight open to a whole host of interpretations!...[Subscriber]

  • le-cirque-french-chefs-alain-sailhac-daniel-boulud-jacques-torres-sylvain-portay-Alain-Allegretti-raphael-francois-Christophe-Bellanca-Olivier-ReginensiLe Cirque Through the Eyes of Eight French Chefs

    Le Cirque will be closing at the end of the year. This restaurant has been a shrine to French gastronomy in New York since 1974, and helped kickstart the careers of two generations of French chefs living in the United States. Eight of them shared their memories and experiences of Le Cirque with France-Amérique. Alain Sailhac, dean emeritus of the...

  • Le-Cirque-sirio-maccioni-alain-sailhac-new-york-nyc-1982Le Cirque: The Rise and Fall of a French Restaurant

    Due to close on December 31, Le Cirque was once considered New York’s best French restaurant. The famed institution was held up as an ideal for fine-dining in the U.S. and acted as a starting point for many French chefs that still influence the culinary scene today. At Le Cirque, the show was in the dining room as much as...