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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Shoot New Music Video at the Louvre

American stardom reaches France’s doors once again as Beyoncé and Jay-Z drop a surprise album and shoot the music video for one of their songs, "Apes**t," at the Louvre Museum in Paris.  The power couple took over the French museum. They posed in front of the Mona Lisa, and stood on the Daru staircase. Part of the video is filmed in...

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Coucou French Classes Moves to Nolita, Manhattan

Coucou French Classes opens new headquarters in Manhattan, moving from Williamsburg’s backyard soirées to Nolita’s boho apartment aperitifs. These French language classes began in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2013. "There was a niche in the market," remember Marianne and Léa Perret, French expats, cousins, and founders of the project. "We wanted to create a linguistic and cultural center that stood out...

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The New Winners of the French-American Business Awards

The competition created to champion the best French-American businesses and entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area has awarded 20 new winners this year. The victors include Facebook’s Fidji Simo, medical imaging company InkSpace Imaging, and Front, a cross-channel communications management app. Eve Chaurand, president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco which organizes the annual event, sees...

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Once-in-a-Generation Exhibition of Delacroix Conquers Paris and NYC

New Yorkers need to brace themselves: the exhibition that has baffled art amateurs at the Louvre will move to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 17. The paintings of Eugène Delacroix are being shown in the largest exhibition since the centenary of his death in 1963. The French artist has been characterized as a misunderstood genius, the most contradicting...

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Map: Where to Follow the 2018 World Cup in the U.S.

The 2018 World Cup, an international soccer tournament, will take place in Russia from June 14 through July 15. To follow the event in San Francisco or in Puerto Rico, in Brooklyn or in Houston, France-Amérique put together a map of bars, cafés, and restaurants showing the games in the United States. Of course, this list is far from being exhaustive....

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Anthony Bourdain, 61, Dead by Suicide

Anthony Bourdain, 61-year-old American celebrity chef, was found dead in his hotel room in France. It was pronounced a suicide. Bourdain was in Kaysersberg, a small Alsatian village between Strasbourg and Colmar, shooting an episode for his series named Parts Unknown for CNN, discussing culinary traditions around the world. His hanged body was found by close friend French chef Eric Ripert,...

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The Paris Attacks Land on Netflix

"Fluctuat Nec Mergitur." She is tossed by the waves but doesn't sink. The Paris motto was on everybody’s lips on the day following the terror attacks that killed 130 people on November 13, 2015. This is also the (French) title of a three-part documentary series about the evening, available for streaming on Netflix since June 1. French documentary-making brothers Gédéon...

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Sign Washed Away by Hurricane Sandy Found in France

A new kind of message in a bottle was recently discovered in Southwestern France: a real estate sign that was posted on a house in Brielle, New Jersey and washed away by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The New Jersey-based agency Diane Turton, Realtors is now proud to be a "truly global" company. One of its signs, which was posted on...

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Paris Spider-Man Spurs Discussion on French Immigration Policy

The decision made by French President Emmanuel Macron to grant citizenship to an undocumented Malian immigrant created both praise and criticism in France. Mamoudou Gassama saved a four-year-old boy hanging from a fourth-floor in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on Saturday, May 25, which resulted in him receiving a job as a firefighter, an offer of French citizenship, and praise...

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Two Sister Paintings by Monet Reunited in Washington D.C.

Next stop for Monet amateurs is the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., where two sister paintings will be reunited through August 8. For the first time since their creation, two sister paintings named Jardin de l'artiste à Vétheuil produced by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet are reunited in the National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C. Both...

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The French-American Business Awards Are Back

Who will receive the Start-Up of the Year award? Find out in San Francisco on June 7 at the French-American Business Awards! Preparations for the fifth edition of the French-American Business Awards (FABA) are underway. This competition distinguishes the best French-American companies in Northern California, and this year will feature 58 nominees across 11 categories such as agrobusiness, high-tech, wine,...

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France-Amérique Turns 75!

Seventy-five years ago today, on Sunday, May 23, 1943, the first issue of France-Amérique, “America’s French newspaper,” was published in New York. At the outbreak of World War II, the French community in the United States no longer had a newspaper. The respected Courrier des Etats-Unis, founded in 1828, had ceased publication in 1938, ruined by the Great Depression. In...

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A Special Cannes Line-Up on TV5 Monde

As part of the Cannes Film Festival, the French-language television channel TV5 Monde will be screening a series of movies, documentaries and special-edition shows on the theme of the festival. From May 8 through 19, a selection of shows on TV5 will be filmed live in Cannes. Léa Salamé, who hosts the cultural show Stupéfiant !, and Patrick Simonin, who hosts L’invité, will...

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Macron’s Visit to Washington as Seen by the American Media

With the bises (a kiss on both cheeks), the gushing praise, and the endless handshakes, the complicit relationship between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump has inspired countless reactions from the American media. “The couple seemed happy to be together again,” joked the New York Times, going so far as to describe the French president’s visit to Washington as a “bromance”...

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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...