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April 2022

Pretty in... Green

For Earth Day, April 22, France-Amérique is going vert! Did you know the color green was perceived as evil before it was adopted by environmentalists as a symbol of hope and happiness? The environment is also at the heart of #SaccageParis, a French campaign raising awareness on littering, and the work of photographer Ben Thouard, who captures the sheer power of the waves in Tahiti. Also in this issue, read our interview with the former head of U.N. peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, our investigation on the myths and facts of immigration in France – a hot-button issue as we near the first round of the presidential election, on April 10 – and our illustrated feature on the Coulée Verte in Paris, the urban park that inspired New York’s High Line!

Featured Articles

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ENTREPRENEUR

PHILIPPE LABAUNE

Stand-Up Comics

Philippe Labaune spent 25 years working as a wealth manager before opening a gallery in Chelsea during the pandemic. He specializes in comic-art illustrators, a booming market in Europe which is paradoxically underdeveloped in the land of Marvel.

PERSPECTIVES

IMMIGRATION IN FRANCE

Myths and Facts

Despite being widely shared by the far right and adopted by parts of the right, the theory of a massive foreign invasion, the so-called “great replacement,” falls flat on examination.

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STREAMING

GLOCALIZATION

The Age of French-American Shows

American production companies are looking for inspiration, sets, and film crews in France. To meet the growing demand from platforms, the two national cinema industries are trying their hands a new form of collaboration rooted in France’s rich cultural heritage.

PORTFOLIO

BEN THOUARD

At the Heart of the Wave

Photographer Benjamin Thouard has made a home on the French island of Tahiti, a “surfers’ rock” halfway between California and New Zealand. Every day, he dives into the entrails of one of the world’s most powerful waves to dredge up truly breathtaking images.

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Table of contents

FROM THE NEWSDESK

Paris: From Light To Blight (And Back Again?). By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

EDITORIAL

Football and Soccer. By Guy Sorman

INTERVIEW

Jean-Marie Guéhenno: “The Spectacle of Tyranny Reminds Us of the Value of Freedom.” By Guy Sorman

THE OBSERVER

The Staff of Life Can Be the Stuff of Rebellion. By Anthony Bulger

DIPTYCH ICONS

La Coulée Verte/The High Line. By Clément Thiery

ENTREPRENEUR

Philippe Labaune: Stand-Up Comics. By Benoît Georges

PERSPECTIVES

Immigration in France: Myths and Facts. By Dominique Mataillet

STREAMING

The Age of French-American Shows. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

ALBERTINE DIARIES

Miami by Simone Lagrand

BON APPÉTIT

Carrie Solomon: Delicious, Balanced Breakfasts. By Carla Peyrat

Recipe: Labneh Toasts, Potato Röstis, and Burrata, Pesto, and Mushroom Toasts

A CANVAS, AN ARTIST

Gustave Caillebotte, Young Man at His Window. By Tracy Kendrick

FRENCH AMERICA

The Platte River. By Anthony Lacoudre

PORTFOLIO

Ben Thouard: At the Heart of the Wave. By Clément Thiery

ICONIC

Solex Bikes. By Guénola Pellen

HISTORY

The Elysée: If Palace Walls Could Talk. By Dominique Mataillet

LITERATURE

Laure Murat: A French-American Perspective. By Sophie Joubert

BOOK REVIEW

Agnès Riva: Love, an Overview. By Sophie Joubert

THE WORDSMITH

Pretty in… Green! By Dominique Mataillet

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