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August 2020

A month away from the Tour de France, discover how the pandemic pushed many French people to switch from four wheels to two. Is France becoming a “cycling country”? You can also read our profile of Françoise Mouly, the French woman behind the New Yorker’s iconic covers, and discover the latest, most up-to-date edition of our French Education Guide, the comprehensive state-by-state listing of all French dual-language schools and programs in the United States.

Featured Articles




Cruising into the Avant-Garde

This Cubist house on the French Riviera, designed by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, played a pivotal role in the artistic ferment during the interwar years. It is now a center for the arts.



The French Woman Behind the New Yorker’s Covers

Françoise Mouly has been the art editor at the New Yorker for almost thirty years, and every week selects a drawing to adorn the prestigious magazine’s front cover. She has made this first page a mirror held up to America. Her choices encourage readers to look more closely at political scandals, the struggle of healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic, and the origins of racism in the United States.




The Mechanics of Writing

Jean Echenoz is the author of 18 books published by the prestigious French house Les Editions de Minuit, almost all of which have been translated into English in the United States. Born in Provence in 1947, he was influenced by crime novels, jazz, and cinema – especially from America – and has built a well-crafted body of work combining humor and melancholy. He also received the 1983 Prix Médicis for Cherokee and the 1999 Prix Goncourt for I’m Gone.

By Sophie Joubert



Bringing French History to Life

The 130-acre Puy du Fou park in the Vendée département of Western France offers visitors a chance to relive some of the greatest moments of French history. Exciting shows, the great outdoors – there’s something for everyone.


Table of contents


The Green Wave: What Happened in the 2020 Municipal Elections. By Anthony Bulger


Joie de Li(v)re: The Best Coffee-Table Books for Francophiles. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: The Pursuit of Happiness. By Guy Sorman

Gilles Bransbourg: “Citizens Should Beware of Governments and Experts Alike.” By Guy Sorman

Interview wih Claude Grunitzky. By Guénola Pellen


France Head Over Wheels for Bicycles. By Benoît Georges


The Gentleman’s Style: Got Silk? By Julien Scavini


Villa Noailles: Cruising into the Avant-Garde. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

Les Jardins Sothys: A Slice of Paradise in Corrèze. By Clément Thiery



Recipe of the Month: Spelt Tabbouleh with Mussels, Raisins, and Mint. By Gérald Passedat

Wine Pairing. By Nicolas Blanc


Catherine Pégard: “Versailles Is Part of the American Landscape.” By Jérôme Béglé

Françoise Mouly: The French Woman Behind the New Yorker’s Covers. By Clément Thiery

Bill Buford: A Chef Is Born. By Clément Thiery

Jean Echenoz: The Mechanics of Writing. By Sophie Joubert

Kaouther Adimi: Memory and Literature. By Sophie Joubert


The Observer: How the Language of Color Is Evolving. By Anthony Bulger

The Wordsmith: Entre la peste et le choléra. By Dominique Mataillet


Puy du Fou: Bringing French History to Life. By Gabriel Bertrand

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