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  • french-elections-flagWho’s Your French President?

    Who would you vote for in the final round of the French presidential election? Pretend you’re French and chose wisely! The French presidential election is now down to two candidates: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Considering the unsettling parallels between the recent American election and the current French election, France-Amérique invites its American readers to weigh in. Check in soon for the results! Please note, your...

  • election-french-consulate-nycFrench Election: The Final Results in North-America

    The 119,773 French voters registered in the U.S. have spoken. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face off in the second round of the presidential elections next Saturday, May 6th. Here are the results of the first round. The U.S. Results Emmanuel Macron: 51.13% François Fillon: 26.14% Jean-Luc Mélenchon: 9.90% Benoît Hamon: 5.44% Marine Le Pen: 5.01% Nicolas Dupont-Aignan:...

  • emmanuel-macron-marine-le-penFrench Election: Macron and Le Pen Will Face Off

    Les Français se sont prononcés. Emmanuel Macron et Marine Le Pen s'affronteront au second tour de l'élection présidentielle, le 6 mai prochain. Le candidat d’En Marche ! a récolté 23,86% des suffrages et la présidente du Front National 21,43%. Avec 19,94% et 19.62% des suffrages, le candidat des Républicains François Fillon et l'élu de gauche Jean-Luc Mélenchon arrivent respectivement en troisième et quatrième position. Le...

  • french-elections-flagWho’s Your Favorite French Candidate?

    Who would you vote for in the French presidential election? Pretend you're a French citizen and cast your ballot! Last Sunday, John Oliver appealed to French citizens, urging them to learn from the United States' experience and cast their ballots in what is an incredibly influential election. Considering the parallels between the recent American and French presidential elections, France-Amérique invites its American...

Opinion

  • le-pen-macron-french-electionFrance’s Question: an Open or a Closed Society?

    On May 6 and 7, the French will decide between a populist presidential candidate and her liberal (in the classical, European sense) adversary. As has often been the case in the past, this French debate may announce a new era. It appears that this confrontation between liberalism and populism is taking the place of the left/right cleavage and that a...

  • french-elections-polling-station-montreal-canada“Dramatic” Voting Conditions for the French Presidential Elections

    In a letter addressed to the French Foreign Affairs and Interior ministers, a U.S. representative for the French community abroad condemned the “dramatic” voting conditions for the first round of the French presidential elections. Frenchman Damien Regnard has been a New Orleans resident since 1996, and was elected to be a delegate of the Assemblée des Français de l’étranger in 2009....

  • Michael-pochna-coluche-paris-franceDear France

    Dear France, I get nostalgic when I hear My Way sung by Frank Sinatra, because I remember Claude François singing the same song (which he composed!) as Comme d’Habitude. I usually nudge the person next to me and whisper: “You know, that is a French song.” And when I wander down Lafayette Street I tell people that the French most likely...

  • le-pen-macron-poster-campaign-french-electionA New Political Spectrum

    It is no accident that the two finalists in the French presidential election, Macron and Le Pen, do not coincide with the traditional left/right cleavage. This cleavage has become by and large, irrelevant. The French presidential election suggests a new understanding of political reality, one that might be applied, I think, to Western democracies generally: nations continue to be divided...

Culture

  • Mana-New-Jersey-art-residenceThe U.S. Residencies Drawing French Artists

    American residencies funded by private foundations are giving French and other international artists a chance to devote themselves fully to their artistic projects. Thanks to the foundation headed up by art collector Eileen Kaminsky, French artist Laurence de Valmy, 43, was given a studio to work in for three months at the Mana Contemporary cultural center. The artistic organization founded...

  • Marcel-Duchamp-fontaine-urinoirMarcel Duchamp’s Urinal Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

    A 29-year-old Frenchman shocked the New York art scene 100 years ago. Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, an icon of modern art, will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through December 3. Curator Matthew Affron talked to us about the exhibition. France-Amérique: What is your objective for the Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal exhibition? Matthew Affron: We wanted to showcase what may...

  • Tank-web-tv-show-Samuel-Bodin-frenchFrancophile Film Distributors Make Tracks for Los Angeles

    The biggest French cinema festival outside of France will be taking place in Los Angeles from April 24 through May 2. Organized between the Oscars and Cannes, the COLCOA festival offers Francophone cinema a prestigious showcase in Hollywood. The COLCOA festival was founded 20 years ago by the Franco-American Culture Fund. Drawing its name from “City Of Lights City Of...

  • reparer-les-vivants-maylis-de-kerangal-Katell-Quillevere-film“Heal the Living” by Katell Quillévéré Arrives in U.S. Theaters

    Simon, 17, is in a brain-dead state following an accident. His initially reluctant parents finally decide to donate his organs, and the gift of his heart will save another’s life. The film is based on the successful novel, Mend the Living, by French writer Maylis de Kerangal, and was released in U.S. theaters on April 14, 2017. France-Amérique : Maylis...

Business

  • 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...

  • hemarina-franck-zal-ver-marin-arenicole-sangFrench Sea Worms Set to Save the Lives of American Soldiers

    The Britany-based French startup Hemarina has developed a blood substitute using sea worms. This new technology could be used to stabilize cerebral edemas resulting from explosions, which is the leading cause of death for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company’s French researchers have signed a research partnership with the U.S. Navy, and on February 8 they received the Creative...

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...