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  • Vote-procuration-france-french-elections-carte-electorale2017 French Elections: How Can You Vote From the United States?

    Les dimanches 22 avril et 6 mai prochains, les Français des Etats-Unis seront invités à élire le prochain président de la République. Les Français expatriés pourront voter par procuration ou en personne à l’urne, en se déplaçant dans l’un des soixante-cinq bureaux de vote de leur circonscription (répartis sur le territoire américain). Comment voter à l’urne ? Pour pouvoir voter...

  • 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 24 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 entries...

  • 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imposed on Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian and Yemeni citizens entering the United States, which was repealed on February 4.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,...

Opinion

  • donald-Trump-angela-MerkelNATO and the Trump Enigma

    The French government and its diplomats in the United States are increasingly confused. What exactly does Trump want? What does he really think about Europe and NATO? Are the answers to be found in his violently anti-European and anti-NATO campaign statements? In his equally aggressive tweets? Or perhaps in his praise of NATO upon meeting Angela Merkel in Washington? No...

  • koons-bouquet-of-tulips-sculpture-parisAwkward Gifts and Misunderstandings

    American sculptor Jeff Koons has given the city of Paris one of his creations: a gaudy work inspired by the Statue of Liberty. But no one wants to pay for it. The French congressman Edouard de Laboulaye began raising funds in 1865 in order to give the Americans the Statue of Liberty. The gift symbolized friendship between the two countries,...

  • Airbus-A380-avion-ligne-francaisCorruption Decreases in France Thanks to the Americans

    A French aircraft manufacturer based in the United States once drew my attention to the fact that corruption is decreasing all over the world, including in France, thanks to the American justice system. Some 50 years ago, the sale of a French aircraft in India would have implied the payment of obscure commissions and various bribes, costing Indian officials up...

  • Midnight-in-Paris-woody-allenA Wind of Madness Blows Over Franco-American Relations

    Donald Trump has shocked France. The American president laments the disappearance of an eternal Paris, while U.S. immigration officers detain French researchers at the border. It all started when Donald Trump declared that Americans should not visit France. The Potus said his (probably non-existent) friend, “Jim,” had told him he would no longer be visiting the French capital because “Paris wasn’t Paris anymore.” The message is...

Culture

  • Dennis-Stroughmatt-esprit-creole-illinois-french-music-fiddleFiddles, French, and the Quest to Save a Forgotten Dialect

    Dennis Stroughmatt didn’t like French at school. Despite this fact, the American musician and historian has become the sole guardian of a quickly-vanishing French dialect from Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Today he is fighting to keep Illinois French alive by teaching seminars and playing concerts throughout the United States. France-Amérique: How did you come upon “Illinois French”? Dennis Stroughmatt: I...

  • 1:54-film-cinema-quebec-Yan-EnglandFocus on French Cinema: A Tribute to Quebec

    This year’s Focus on French Cinema festival will be screening 20 Francophone films — including six from Quebec — in New York, Stamford and Greenwich (Connecticut) from March 27 to April 2, 2017. Festival president Renée Ketcham talked us through this year’s selection. France-Amérique: Can you tell us about your decision to showcase Quebecer cinema this year? Renée Ketcham: Focus on French Cinema is...

  • Bonjour-Effect-Nadeau-BarlowIn the U.S., Small Talk Is Not That Small

    Imaginez… Vous êtes à Paris. Vous prenez place dans le bus. L’homme assis à vos côtés vous lance “Il fait beau aujourd’hui” avant de s’enquérir : “Où allez-vous ?" L’expérience risque d’être vécue comme dérangeante, plutôt qu’agréable. Partons maintenant de l’autre coté de l’Atlantique. Deux inconnus, Jack et Rachel, tous deux américains, prennent le bus pour se rendre à Downtown Miami. Jack: Nice...

  • frantz-film-francois-ozon-pierre-niney-paula-beer“Frantz” by François Ozon Arrives in U.S. Theaters

    Calling all film buffs! François Ozon’s latest film, Frantz, is arriving in American movie theatres on Wednesday 15 March! Starring actors Pierre Niney and Paula Beer, this surprisingly classical film takes audiences back to Germany in 1919. Forewarned is forearmed: it should be noted that Frantz is a quite disconcerting work. Other than the occasional scene filmed in color, the...

Business

  • 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...

  • 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...

Education

  • 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 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...

Gastronomy

  • 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...

  • 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...