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Opinion

  • barack-obama-usaWas Obama a Great President?

    Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House after two consecutive term. "His eight years in office, writes Guy Sorman, can be summed up in one success: Obamacare." A great head of state defines their era and shapes events. At least, this is the general definition. Napoleon I is much admired by the French, despised by the rest of Europe, and...

  • the-immigrant-movie-film-marion-cotillard-james-gray-ellis-islandImmigrants, the Lot of Us!

    The Americans do not descend from the Native Americans any more than the French descend from the Gauls. Both nations are in fact melting pots, and throughout our parallel histories, immigration has been, and remains, an essential part of who we are. What goes in the United States, making up part of the national saga, is far less accepted —...

Culture

  • bang-gang-eva-husson-my-french-film-festival-unifranceAn Online Showcase for French Cinema in the United States

    Some 28 French movies are now available to stream until February 13 as part of My French Film Festival. UniFrance, an organization in charge of promoting French cinema throughout the world, is the instigator of this event, and hopes to reach eight million viewers this year compared with six million in 2016. French director Jean-Paul Salome (Belphegor Phantom of the...

  • creative-block-nicole-rosa-bloc-et-blocage-film-cinema-paris-franceA Fantastic Short Film, Shot Between Paris and New York

    Nicola Rose, a young American puppeteer living in Manhattan, is filming her first short film between New York and Paris. Nicola Rose, 28, was loosely inspired by her own experience to write the script of her first short film, Creative Block (Bloc et Blocage). The film’s main character, Claire, a young New York puppeteer suffering from artist’s block, is dumbstruck...

Business

  • maison-kayser-bakery-new-york-french-bread-pain-boulangerieMaking Artisan Bread on a Large Scale

    The opening of eleven 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…...

  • shalimar-guerlain-paris-perfum-parfumIconic: Shalimar, the Perfume of the Roaring Twenties

    Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1921, this intoxicating perfume and its Baccarat crystal vial sated a French appetite for the Far East during the Roaring Twenties. Shalimar is now Guerlain’s most iconic perfume and its best-selling fragrance after La Petite Robe Noire, with 108 bottles sold every hour across the world. Once upon a time in 17th-century India, the Mughal Emperor...

France

  • 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...

  • national-french-week-usa-aatfAmerican Students Celebrate National French Week

    Une initiative de l’AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), la Semaine Nationale du Français a lieu du 4 au 10 novembre. Au cours de la semaine, un florilège d'évènements intellectuels, culturels, artistiques et gastronomiques sont organisés dans les écoles, collèges, lycées et universités américaines. LES CONCOURS NATIONAUX Un concours de vidéos Les élèves des classes de sixième à terminale sont...

Gastronomy

  • 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...