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Analysis of French-American news • French cultural events in the United States • Interviews with leading intellectuals • Fashion tips • Traditional and contemporary recipes • Reports from across the United States • Authors’ perspectives on America • Portraits of artists, entrepreneurs, and other French-American personalities • The best of Francophone literature translated into English • French movies and series in theaters and online • French habits and linguistic subtleties • Unique places to visit in France • And so much more…
Back to School!
This month, we celebrate French education in all its diversity. Read our investigation on how to become a professeur de français in the United States (Spoiler: It’s difficult, but not impossible); meet the French couple behind the first franchise for bilingual education in North America; and discover the latest edition of our French Education Guide, a comprehensive state-by-state directory of French dual-language programs in the United States. And because summer is not over yet, visit the Hôtel Les Roches Blanches, a hotspot for Art Deco enthusiasts on the Mediterranean coast; read all about les espadrilles; and meet American pastry chef Amanda Bankert, the donut queen of Paris!
LES ROCHES BLANCHES
A Morning in Cassis
Perched above the sea, the Hôtel Les Roches Blanches (the White Rock Hotel) takes its name from the limestone cliffs that characterize the Mediterranean coast. This old mansion built in 1887 is now a hotspot for tourists and Art Deco enthusiasts.
By Aliette de Crozet
TEACHING FRENCH IN THE U.S.
Difficult, But not Impossible!
First, you have to navigate the required qualifications, certifications, and hiring criteria, which differ between public and private learning institutions and states. What’s more, native Francophone teachers looking to emigrate to the U.S. have to deal with visas, recruitment programs, and the surprises that inevitably await wherever they end up. Buckle up; there’s going to be a few patches of turbulence!
By Barbara Landrevie
FRANCE & AMERICA AT WORK
The Same, but Different
In an effort to understand our differences, entrepreneurs Sabine Landolt and Agathe Laurent interviewed 50 French and American people who have spent several years working with colleagues “from the other side,” and compiled their testimonies in a book. This guide offers practical solutions for anyone working in a French-American professional environment.
By Guénola Pellen
Turning Fashion on Its Head
The Montreal-born artist and designer has personally showcased a number of unique, surrealist pieces, including shorts made with lettuce leaves, a bra in orange peel, a crop top in sour candy strips, a cardigan in moss, and a hat carved out of a watermelon. This astonishing wardrobe has caught the attention of Jean Paul Gaultier, Louboutin, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs – and has led to the creation of an accessories line set to launch in September.
By Clément Thiery
Table of contents
FROM THE NEWSDESK
The Drive to Constitutionalize Abortion Rights in France. By Anthony Bulger
COME ON OUT
French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
The Electronic Hydra. By Guy Sorman
Pierre Vesperini: “Being Modern Does Not Mean Ignoring the Past.” By Guy Sorman
Don’t Worry, Be Happy: It’s Easier Than You May Think. By Anthony Bulger
A Morning at the Hôtel Les Roches Blanches. By Aliette de Crozet
Teaching French in the United States: Difficult, but Not Impossible! By Barbara Landrevie
France and America at Work: The Same, but Different. By Guénola Pellen
Superstitions in France. By Dominique Mataillet
The French American Academy: A French Franchise for Bilingual Education. By France-Amérique
A Sonorous Stroll in Manhattan. By Michel Risse
Amanda Bankert: Donuts in the Land of the Croissant. By Gabriel Bertrand
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. By Anthony Lacoudre
Gab Bois Turns Fashion on Its Head. By Clément Thiery
Espadrilles. By Guénola Pellen
Miguel Bonnefoy: The Winemaker’s Son, the Pilot, and the Revolutionary. By Sophie Joubert
Hubris Syndrome, a Sickness of Heads of State. By Dominique Mataillet