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  • Nungesser-Coli-oiseau-blancThe First Transatlantic Flight is French, Claims Paris

    The city of Paris claimed that two French pilots were the first to make a non-stop flight between mainland Europe and America, a title that for decades has belonged to American legend Charles Lindbergh. In the 16th arrondissement of Paris, a plaque in the street named after French aviators Charles Nungesser and François Coli has been recently changed to read...

  • green-card-lottery-dv2019-dibversity-visa-permanent-residentGreen Card: The Lottery is Open! [Updated]

    Vous avez du 18 octobre au 22 novembre 2017, à 12 pm (heure de New York), pour vous inscrire gratuitement sur le site web du gouvernement américain et prétendre à l’une des 50 000 cartes vertes distribuées. MISE JOUR : Suite à "un problème technique requérant de la maintenance", indique le Département d'Etat américain, la loterie a été reportée. Les candidatures seront...

  • audrey-azoulay-unesco-parisFormer French Minister Audrey Azoulay Elected UNESCO Leader

    Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay was elected on Friday, October 13, by the UNESCO executive board to serve as the agency’s next chief. While the United Nation’s cultural arm has a world reputation for designating World Heritage Sites and preserving our collective history, recently it has been criticized for becoming too political and Ms. Azoulay will face the task...

  • kayser-french-bakery-pastryMaison Kayser is Coming to Washington D.C.

    The Maison Kayser brand of bakeries and cafés is continuing to convert Americans to the art of good bread. The French company originally moved to New York in 2012, and is set to open two new sites in Washington D.C. at the end of November. Eric Kayser is storming forward with his conquest of the United States. After opening 12...

Opinion

  • sexual-harassment-work-exposeyourpig-metooFrom DSK to Weinstein, Progress in the Fight for Women’s Rights

    The Weinstein scandal has sparked a storm of reactions in both France and the United States, but the DSK scandal six years ago received a far more lukewarm response. Is French society more hypocritical or more tolerant than American society when it comes to sexual predators? When it was revealed in 2011 — by the Americans — that Dominique Strauss-Khan...

  • Emmanuel-Macron-tim-cook-paris-appleMacron-Apple, a Meeting of Leaders

    The French president met with the CEO of Apple in Paris on October 6. Should we see this as a business meeting, or an encounter between two heads of state? French journalist Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber published The American Challenge in 1967, which went on to be a best-seller both in France and the U.S.A. The writer observed in his work that...

  • las-vegas-nevada-fusilladeStop the massacre!

    The recent massacre in Las Vegas is incomprehensible from a French point of view. How is it possible for a citizen to amass such an arsenal of weaponry? It’s high time that the U.S. Congress acts. There is a direct link between the number of firearms in circulation in a country and the number of people killed by these weapons,...

  • roy-moore-alabama-senat-republicainStrange Alabama

    Roy Moore won the Republican primary in Alabama on Tuesday, September 26, putting him in front for the race to the Senate. This pious, controversial figure represents an image of rural America where religion and politics intertwine. Roy Moore was relieved of his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument...

Culture

  • gender-equality-men-womenComparing Gender Equality in France and the U.S.

    Wellesley College, one of 52 women’s colleges in the United States, will host a French-American symposium on gender equality on October 20-21. Bringing together 78 scholars, policymakers, activists and thinkers including the civil rights leader Angela Davis and the former French Ministers Christiane Taubira and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the conference will explore the different ideas and approaches to gender equality in...

  • adrien-bosc-editions-sous-sol-feuilletonAdrien Bosc: “The New Yorker Has No Equivalent in France”

    The Avignon-born publisher and writer Adrien Bosc learned English by reading in-depth stories in the pages of Harper’s Magazine and The New Yorker, and went on to found the Editions du Sous-Sol publishing house and the Feuilleton review in Paris. He has since published the works of leading American reporters in French, and continues the very U.S. tradition of creative...

  • In-the-Studio-BashkirtseffThe Struggle of 19th Century Women Artists in Paris

    Despite the challenges, aspiring female artists flocked to Paris in the second half of the 19th century to seek careers as painters. In the face of societal and institutional pressures, these women created non-traditional paintings that played to their unique strengths. A selection of these will be shown in "Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900", an exhibition sponsored by the American...

  • 120-battements-par-minute-bpm-film-Robin-Campillo“120 Beats per Minute”, a Lust for Life

    Director Robin Campillo follows the struggle of Act Up-Paris, an advocacy group founded in Paris in 1989 to combat the AIDS crisis, inspired by the original New York organization. The movie, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been chosen to represent France at the 2018 Oscars, will be released in U.S. theaters on October 20. The movie...

Business

  • french-wedding-mariage-francais-feast-fetes-daniel-boulud-cateringA Most Prestigious Menu

    A chilled corn velouté, foie gras millefeuille, and spring pea. From the wine to the dessert, the French chef Daniel Boulud’s catering company, Feast & Fêtes, pulls out all the stops to satisfy an American clientele with a taste for excellent service. “This is where it all began,” says Jean-Christophe Le Picart, sat at the Café Boulud between Central Park...

  • french-wedding-mariage-francais-agnes-de-villarsonA Bouquet of True French Elegance

    The floral creations by Agnès de Villarson help decorate the most fashionable weddings in Manhattan and the surrounding areas. After working as a math teacher at the Lycée Français de New York, she was trained in floral design at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, and has now been providing her loyal and demanding American clients with flowers...

  • french-wedding-mariage-francais-accessoires-Maison-GuillemetteStyle Right Down to the Smallest Details

    Maison Guillemette has been adorning brides’ hair with tulle headwear, pearl combs, crowns of dried flowers, diamante brooches and headbands since it was founded in 2014. The French brand recently established itself in the United States, and is winning over clients with artisanal, French-made products, reasonable prices, and a boho-chic creative world. Pauline Bignan is head of Maison Guillemette in...

  • french-wedding-mariage-francais-margaux-tardits-dress-robeA Wedding Dress Made in France

    Fashion designer Margaux Tardits creates bold, glamorous wedding dresses sold in New York, and which will soon be available in California. The hang of the dresses is inspired by the Dior pieces designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and the structured style of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Needless to say, Margaux Tardits’ motto is “get married in style.” American brides tend to prefer...

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-souffle-rise-restaurant-dallas-houston-texasFrench Soufflés Are Rising in Texas!

    The rise and fall of this uncommon, classically French spectacle made out of something as simple as an egg is the specialty of the Rise restaurants in Dallas and Houston. The latter, which makes some 300 soufflés a night, will be participating in Houston Restaurant Week through September 4. Often described as “magic,” soufflés come out of the oven airy...

  • Mexique-Chicago-French-Mexican-RestaurantA Touch of France in a Chicago Mexican Kitchen

    Years after his humble beginning in the United States, Mexican chef Carlos Gaytan still calls on his classical French training to help him reimagine Mexican gastronomy. His restaurant will be participating in Chicago’s French Restaurant Week through July 23. From a dishwasher to the first Mexican chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Carlos Gaytan’s journey to success does not mean...

  • Alain-Laurent-La-Ripaille-french-bistro-nycLa Ripaille Keeps the French Bistro Alive in New York

    While its candlelit tables and jazzy French music may seem similar to the many other French bistros in New York, La Ripaille is unique in its longstanding history of 37 years. The interior, largely unaltered since its opening in 1980, stands proudly as a grandfather example for the many new French bistros that have opened recently during the re-emergence of...

  • chez-omar-couscous-nord-afrique-algerie-maroc-food-restaurant-new-yorkBringing Couscous from Algeria to Brooklyn via Paris

    When studying journalism at Columbia University, Aaron Lee never imagined he would become, in his wife’s words, “a Southwest Georgia boy who’s now the king of couscous in New York.” However, just a few years later, he owns and operates Bar Omar in Williamsburg, a dimly-lit restaurant in Brooklyn with a menu famous for its French-Algerian couscous and tagines. The...