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  • oscar-academy-awards-cinema-french-hollywoodLes Oscars Parlent Français!

    Francophone film stars will be in the spotlight in Hollywood this Sunday, as nine personalities from France, Switzerland, Quebec, Haiti, Algeria and Iran have been nominated at this year’s Oscars. The ceremony will be held on February 26 in Los Angeles, and shown live on ABC in the United States and on Canal+ in France. Sélim Azzazi / Enemies Within /...

  • French-American-Entrepreneurship-Award-new-york-club-600-2015-streamrootApplications Are Open for the FAEA Award

    Young entrepreneurs, this is for you! You have until March 1 to apply for the French-American Entrepreneurship Award, an annual startup competition recognizing French entrepreneurs launching businesses in the United States. Applications are open to company founders who are 35 or less, who have been in business for three years or less, and who are fluent in both French and English. Eligible...

  • airport-security-us-custom-border-protectionImmigration Ban: Should French People in the United States Be Worried?

    French people will theoretically not be affected by the immigration ban imposed on Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian and Yemeni citizens entering the United States, which was repealed on February 4. However, lawyers are telling French people with a dual nationality from any of these countries to stay alert. After two weeks of protests and chaos at the borders,...

  • station-f-paris-xavier-niel-start-up-startup-garage-techFacebook to Open a Startup Incubator in Paris

    Facebook a annoncé son installation à la Station F, qui ouvrira ses portes en avril dans le XIIIe arrondissement de Paris et deviendra le plus grand campus technologique et incubateur de start-up au monde. Installé dans la Halle Freyssinet — un ancien bâtiment ferroviaire situé le long de la Seine à proximité de la Gare d’Austerlitz —, l’espace financé par...

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Opinion

  • police-violence-brutalite-injusticeWe Need to Talk About Racial Violence

    France and the United States are unfortunate contenders when it comes to urban violence. The clashes between the police and young people from minority groups — Afro-American and Hispanic in the U.S.A., and Arab and African in France — are following the same pattern in both countries, but their respective government’s attitudes differ. The environment for this violence — the banlieues in France...

  • steve-bannon-donald-trump-charles-maurrasThe French Source of Trumpism

    Steve Bannon is Donald Trump’s closest advisor — some even refer to him as his Rasputin — and his supposed role as the administration’s ideologist terrifies his opponents. Bannon used to work as an investment banker and media mogul, and is in theory not a renowned intellectual. He seems intent on leading a Manichean battle against the non-Christian world, but...

  • picsou-gold-Scrooge-McDuck-disney-or-Money in France and the United States

    In the United States, being a billionaire paves the way to the White House. In France, presidential candidates are expected to be poor (or at least appear so). The majority of Trump’s predecessors, with the exception of Clinton, were very wealthy. Their prosperity was, and is, seen as proof of success and a shield against corruption. The opposite is true...

  • donald-Trump-neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-justice-USTrump: A User’s Guide

    The whole world is pondering how Donald Trump works. His unwaveringly enthusiastic supporters feel he is staying true to his program, which in itself is quite original; faced with post-campaign reality, leaders tend to water down their previous promises and aim for a consensus. We should therefore expect Trump to stay in campaign mode, instead of trying to build bridges...

Culture

  • Virginie-Efira-Victoria-JustineTriet-cinema-french-franceA Rendezvous with Young French Cinema

    The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema festival is coming back to the Lincoln Center in New York from March 1 to 12, 2017. Adeline Monzier is the U.S. representative for UniFrance, the organization behind the festival. We talked with her about the event’s line-up, which showcases young women directors and the vitality of French cinema. France-Amérique: Some 10 of the 23 movies featured this...

  • ma-vie-de-courgette-claude-barras-celine-sciamma-animation-film“My Life as a Zucchini,” the Story of a Quite Extraordinary Childhood

    Lauded at Cannes and nominated at the Golden Globes, the Césars and the Oscars, My Life as a Zucchini proves that French animation can more than hold its own against Hollywood’s 3D blockbusters. Directed by Swiss film maker Claude Barras and written by French screenwriter Céline Sciamma, the movie was made using one of the oldest techniques in cinema, called...

  • madeline-fontaine-costumiere-jacky-natalie-portman-oscarMadeline Fontaine, a French Costume Designer in Hollywood

    Madeline Fontaine has dressed Audrey Tautou, Asterix, Yves Saint Laurent and Jacqueline Kennedy. The French costume designer, who originally entered the profession “almost by accident,” received the César Award for Best Costume Design for A Very Long Engagement (2005) and Séraphine (2009). This Sunday, she will be in the running to receive an Oscar for Best Costume Design for Jackie,...

  • Agnes-de-Villarson-flowers-flowers-fleuriste-french-floral-designer-nycA Bouquet of Pure, French Elegance

    From elegant bouquets to sophisticated compositions, the floral creations by Agnès de Villarson adorn inauguration ceremonies, charity galas, Fashion Week shows and celebrity weddings. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, France-Amérique met up with this French florist, who has been working in New York for seven years. Agnès de Villarson’s Upper East Side living room is a treasure trove of beautiful...

Business

  • 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...

  • black-crows-freeride-ski-france-jeremy-bernardBlack Crows, French Skis Hit the American Slopes

    The Chamonix-based French ski brand Black Crows was launched in western American resorts in winter 2015, and is continuing to flourish in the United States. Buoyed by the freeride skiing trend, these French skis are now available in 65 American outlets from Park City (Utah) to New York. Whether “freeride” in English or hors-piste and ski extrême in French, the objective remains...

  • maison-kayser-bakery-new-york-french-bread-pain-boulangerieMaison Kayser: Making Artisan Bread on a Large Scale

    The opening of ten Kayser stores in New York in five years confirms Americans' interest in quality bread. For the chain of high-end French bakeries, which has to deliver the same bread as it does in Paris using different American ingredients, the stakes are high. It's four o’clock in the morning in New York. A smell of warm bread wafts through Greenwich Street...

  • french-wink-concept-store-boutique-frenchA Boost for Made-in-France Products in the US

    French Wink, a startup that assists French brands in reaching consumers abroad, is introducing American consumers to quality, made-in-France goods in order to promote the “French attitude” in the US. Upon moving to New York City, Claire Obry, a 34-year-old mother of three, noticed that French brands attempting to break into the market were struggling to expand beyond New York's...

Education

  • voting-booth-vote-election-referendumA Vote to Repel 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...

  • desert-sun-academy-arizona-scottsdale-french-immersionArizona Opens its First Dual-Language Public Elementary School

    In August 2016, Desert Sun Academy became the first public elementary school in Arizona to offer a dual-language immersion program in French and English, available for two kindergarten and first-grade classes. Hayden Enriquez, 5, spends three hours a day learning to count and name the colors of the rainbow in French. She will start learning the alphabet when she arrives...

  • Eastern-Kentucky-University-EKUEndangered French Department at Rural Kentucky University “Waits Anxiously”

    Last August, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) threatened to suspend its French department. Since then, Randi L. Polk – one of the two full-time professors of French at the university – has been trying to attract more students and save her program. France-Amérique: How did the recent $3 million state funding cuts affect the French department? Randi L. Polk: Last January, Kentucky governor Matthew...

  • einy-international-ecole-school-new-yorkBilingualism Is “a Huge Success” at the EINY

    After eight successful academic years, the Ecole Internationale de New York (EINY) is pushing forward with its “fully bilingual” curriculum in its new buildings. France-Amérique met with Yves Rivaud, the founder and head of the school, in the new nursery, pre-k and kindergarten which opened in September 2015. After working as a French teacher and head of several Franco-American schools...

Gastronomy

  • 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...

  • le-coq-rico-new-york-antoine-westermann-poulet-poultryLe Coq Rico Puts Poultry on a Pedestal!

    Alsace-born chef Antoine Westermann opened his bistro Le Coq Rico in Manhattan last march. The upscale eatery specializes in poultry, and is taking part in the New York Restaurant Week for the very first time this year. Taking a seat after the frenzied lunch service, the French chef talked to us about his passion for chicken (“a generous, versatile animal...

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

    Starting in January 2017, France-Amérique will explore 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...[Subscriber]

  • noel-christmas-recette-recipe-chapon-chestnut-capon-marronsRecipe: Crispy Capon with Chestnuts

    To celebrate a Christmas the French way, France-Amérique prepared for you a delicious forest-themed holiday menu: a crispy capon with chestnuts, gingerbread, and foie gras, and a chestnut mousse with vanilla cream custard. Serves 6 PREPARATION The stuffing (30 minutes) should be prepared the day before. Cooking time on the day: 2 hours USTENSILS 1 paintbrush INGREDIENTS Poultry: 1 capon For...