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Louisiana Applies to be Part of La Francophonie

On April 5, 2018, Louisiana submitted its membership application to the IOF, the International Organization of La Francophonie, which unites French-speaking countries. The decision will be announced at the IOF Summit held in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 11 and 12 of this year. The State of Louisiana is home to almost 250,000 Francophones and has 5,000 students enrolled in English-French...

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TV5 Monde Celebrates “French Month” in March

Promoting Francophone culture in the United States is the mission of TV5 Monde. And as part of "le Mois de la Francophonie" (French Month) celebrated every March, the channel will be screening a series of documentaries and movies showcasing the diversity of the French language in the United States. Here is our selection. Rendez-vous d’Amérique March 10, 6:25 pm EST...

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Gad Elmaleh’s “American Dream” is Coming to Netflix

Gad Elmaleh's first English-language show, American Dream, will debut on Netflix on March 6, 2018. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the French stand-up comedian and the U.S. streaming platform. After a performance in French, Gad Gone Wild, available since January 2017, the Gad Elmaleh is coming back to Netflix with one-man show in English. In American Dream, taped...

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Hallyday’s Inheritance: A French-American Legal Battle

Who should inherit the fortune of the late singer Johnny Hallyday, a former French citizen and a Californian tax resident? On both sides of the Atlantic, the rock star’s wife and two children are now fighting to stake their claim. Johnny’s most recent will and testament, signed in Marnes-la-Coquette just outside Paris in 2014, states that his entire fortune and...

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Donald Trump Wants “A Parade Like the One in France”

The Pentagon has confirmed it is preparing a military parade similar to the French Bastille Day celebration, at the behest of the American president. The project has come under fire from a large number of critics. With its uniformed troops, armored vehicles, and an air show, the July 14 parade on the Champs-Elysées certainly made an impression on Donald Trump....

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Donald Trump Invites Emmanuel Macron to Washington

Emmanuel Macron will be the first foreign government leader to be invited to the White House since the start of Donald Trump’s mandate. The French president will be the first world leader to be received ceremoniously at the White House, with a visit planned for late April. While several heads of government, including Macron, have already been received in Washington,...

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Harassment or Seduction: A Franco-American Debate

The debate on sexual harassment is raging once again in France. Rekindled by an op-ed piece published in Le Monde and signed by some 100 intellectuals, actresses, and publishers, the dispute has highlighted a lack of understanding between French and American women. In an open letter published on January 8, 2018, around 100 French women condemned the #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc...

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Some French Women Condemn the #MeToo Movement

Actress Catherine Deneuve and some 100 other French women have criticized the #MeToo and #ExposeYourPig movements in the name of men’s "freedom to pester" which they claim is essential to "sexual freedom" — a stance that has sparked debate. "Rape is a crime. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not an offense, nor is gallantry a macho attack." On Tuesday,...

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The Best of 2017

As 2017 morphs into 2018, (re)discover the articles which garnered the most success on France-Amérique.com in the past twelve months. Happy reading and happy New Year! French Dialects Fight for Survival in the United States Integration and the law forced Francophones in the United States to abandon their language in the early 20th century. Language enthusiasts are now fighting for...

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Illustrator Portrays Maternity in France and the United States

French feminist artist Emma has made a name for herself with biting illustrations about gender equality and raising children. In her latest work, she compares maternity care in France and the United States. Emma — her pseudonym — has been invited to take part in a series of articles for The Guardian focused on the American system’s shortcomings in terms of...

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Recipe: Coffee Yule Log

French pastry chef Eric Kayser has sold yule logs since he opened his first store in the United States in 2012. For the holidays, he shared with us a recipe for a traditional French Christmas dessert, the coffee yule log. Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 to 8 servings Ingredients For the coffee syrup: 1⁄2 cup...

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Net Neutrality: A French Right, an American Luxury

On December 14, 2017, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide whether or not to abolish net neutrality. While it exists as a fundamental principle in France, this regulation is threatened in America. David Fayon is a French specialist of the digital economy, and has lived in the San Francisco region for the last three years. He is the...

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“Last Chance” to Save James Baldwin’s Provençal Country House

Ten million euros. This is the amount required to purchase and restore African-American writer James Baldwin’s country house, which is currently threatened by a real estate project. Luckily, a “literary activist” in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is refusing to give up. Located halfway between Nice and Antibes, the house where James Baldwin spent the last 17 years of his life has seen better...

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Adopt a Parisian Statue!

The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association has launched a most original campaign to finance the maintenance of artwork in the Parisian museum. A total of 41 statues are gathering dust in the main nave of the Musée d’Orsay and on the two adjacent terraces. Since the museum was reopened in 1986, the passing years have left their mark...

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Recipe for a French Thanksgiving

Tired of the traditional turkey? This year, why not celebrate Thanksgiving the French way — with a duck confit! Take inspiration from the world's most decorated chef, French culinary superstar Joël Robuchon, whose duck confit recipe is featured on the menu at his latest restaurant, L'Atelier. [For 2 persons] Ingredients For duck: 2 duck legs 2 Ib (1 kg) duck...

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American Grocery Stores for Thanksgiving in Paris

France-Amérique has selected some of the best American grocery stores in the French capital, so you can prepare your special dinner as if you were back home. Happy Thanksgiving! Rachel’s Grocery Rachel Moeller made a name for herself as a purveyor of cheesecakes for the most fashionable establishments in Paris. Buoyed by her rapid success, she opened her own grocery...[Subscriber]

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An American Thanksgiving in Paris

American immigrants are full of ingenious ideas when it comes to perpetuating the tradition of Thanksgiving abroad. A large number of Parisians have been won over, and now also celebrate this U.S. holiday with family and friends, at home and at church. The fourth Thursday in November is one of the rare dates every U.S. citizen marks on the calendar....

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Where to Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 in the U.S.?

On November 16, 2017 at the strike of midnight, the season’s new batch of Beaujolais wine will be released. Cheers! In accordance with French law, these wines have been fermenting only a few weeks and are made exclusively with Gamay grapes found in the region of Beaujolais in Eastern France. November 16th will be declared "Beaujolais Nouveau Day," as is...

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France-Amérique extends thanks to its readers and partners in New York

For the fourth year in a row, France-Amérique organized its fall cocktail at the Consulate General of France in New York. This year it took place on Thursday, November 2nd. "There is a real place for a magazine that recognizes and promotes the French-American relationship." With these words, Guy Sorman, the president of France-Amérique, welcomed the guests at the Consulate...

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A Missing Rodin Sculpture Surfaces in New Jersey

The town of Madison, New Jersey (pop. 16,000) has been the home of a missing Rodin sculpture for 80 years without realizing it. The multi-million dollar bust of Napoleon had been sitting inconspicuously in the borough’s council meeting room when 22-year old Mallory Mortillaro, who has an undergraduate student in art history, saw a faint signature at the bottom of...

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The 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...