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Comparing 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...

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Adrien 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...

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The 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...

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“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...

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A Musical Journey Through New Orleans After Katrina

Music holds sway in New Orleans. In Faubourg Tremé, a book published in French and English on October 12, Parisian photographer Alexis Pazoumian studies the role of music in the reconstruction of the city ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans has always held a deep attraction for photographers. Lee Friedlander, Bernard Hermann, William Claxton, and George...

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“Faces Places”: A Journey Through France

Iconic Nouvelle Vague director Agnès Varda recently roamed across France with JR, an artist renowned for his giant, black-and-white photos displayed in public spaces. The resulting poetic road movie received the award for Best Documentary Film at Cannes this year and will come out in U.S. theaters on October 6. “Are you game?” asks JR at the start of the...

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France’s First Mormon Temple

The Mormon Church has been a recognized “religious association” in France since 2009, but remains a little-known institution subject to its fair share of prejudice. This distrust is largely down to the religion’s rites, ethical and culinary restrictions, and the proselytism of young missionaries. Despite these struggles, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inaugurated its first temple in...

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This French Engineer Has a Plan to Make L.A. Sustainable

French expat Laurent Pilon has spent the last 16 years at UCLA developing renewable energy technology. The Nantes-born professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering was recently given the reins—and a 3-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation—to make the county of Los Angeles sustainable by 2050. To convert the country’s most populous urban area to 100 percent renewable energy...

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The Man Who Loved French Cinema

Charles Cohen is a renowned, wealthy real estate magnate, but also has a passion for cinéma d’auteur. He even went as far as making a second career out of it, and in just a few years has become one of the leading distributors of French films in the United States. After renovating The Quad, New York's first multiplex theater, he...

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Philippe Labro, the Tireless “Americanologist”

Through diverse chapters of U.S. history such as the conservative South of the 1950s, the election of Barack Obama, the 1960s, and the assassination of JFK, French journalist and writer Philippe Labro has observed, recorded, analyzed, and tried to understand America. The president of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and Philippe Labro was sent to Dallas...

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“Loving Vincent”, a Masterpiece!

For the first time in cinematic history, a movie has been created exclusively using handmade paintings. The duo behind the film drew their inspiration from more than 120 works by Vincent van Gogh to retrace the incredible and misunderstood artist’s extraordinary life. The film will be out in New York on September 22, in Los Angeles on September 29, and...

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A French Couple in Wyoming’s Cowboy Country

Two French people living in Wyoming share a passion for photography and horseback riding, and document the daily lives of cowboys in the American West. Eager to present their work to the world, the couple recently opened a gallery in the small town of Cody. Guillaume Beau de Loménie is the son of a banker, who grew up in Madagascar,...

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French Fashion v. American Fashion

There are countless generalizations about the contrasting approaches that French and American women take toward fashion — French women pick quality over quantity; Americans are more casual — but most are products of our fantasies. To get closer to reality, we spoke to two women in the fashion industry: American fashion expert Valerie Steele and French fashion designer Anne Fontaine....

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Bringing Parisian Artists to a Chicago Museum

Palais de Tokyo’s Hors les Murs program has been bringing work from the Parisian institution all around the world since its conception in 2013. The contemporary art museum will hold its first large-scale project in the U.S. in Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History from September 13 to October 29. For the project, titled Singing Stones, eleven French and...

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Americans Are Peaches; the French Are Coconuts

"C’était qui ce mec ? Tu le connais ?" Nous assistions à un match de football américain de mon ancien lycée, dans le Mississippi, et mon mari français ne comprenait pas la discussion animée que je venais d’avoir avec notre voisin de gradin. Pendant un quart d’heure, nous avions parlé de tout et de rien : d’où on vient, où...

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Polina, Portrait of an Artist in the Making

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj has made his first foray into the world of fictional cinema by adapting a successful French graphic novel for the screen. Accompanied by co-director Valérie Müller, the movie "Polina," out in U.S. theaters on August 25, recounts the years of training undertaken by a young ballerina who, as she prepares to become a lead dancer, decides...

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The New Generation of French Theater Comes to Princeton

The French theater festival at Princeton University, Seuls en Scène, brings celebrated French performers and actors in the making to the New Jersey campus. Started by a French theater professor as a way of engaging his students, the festival has expanded to become a showcase of contemporary French theater in the United States. Florent Masse was directing plays in France...

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Capturing Environmental Changes from New York to Perpignan

New York photographer Steve Giovinco is renowned for his dusky landscapes, and has received funding from the French Ministry of Culture to document the consequences of global warming in the south of France. With his camera hung around his neck, Steve Giovinco is hot on the trail of environmental changes. The New York photographer has captured the destruction caused by...

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From the French Countryside to the Texas Table

Hedda Gioia Dowd roams the French countryside looking for antiques with a story to decorate her Texas restaurants. From silver cutlery to antique linens to old kitchen utensils, she has made a business of upcycling French history. Dowd is more than a mere Francophile. Her annual trips to France are more than just vacations. Every fall, she rents an old...

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Hookups and French Geography

In his first feature-length film, "4 Days in France," French director Jérôme Reybaud takes the audience on a special tour de France in which two lovers travel the countryside using Grindr, a gay dating app. After his partner left with no explanation, Paul decides to go looking for him using the geo-tracker feature on Grindr that shows profiles of nearby...

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Meet Lola, the Little Miss Graffiti of Brooklyn

Spray paint in hand, Lola G. coats the walls of Brooklyn with multi-colored patterns, from blue elephants to tropical mermaids and other fantastical creatures. At just nine years old, the French girl is the world’s youngest street artist. The young artist’s career was originally launched by a chance encounter. In 2014, she was trying out her new marker pen on...