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August 2021

The Back to School Issue

Did you know the French Riviera was not always a summer hotspot? Read our feature on Sara and Gerald Murphy, the couple of Americans who made a little beach near Antibes their playground and attracted F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rudolph Valentino, and Picasso to the South of France. Also in this issue, read about Toussaint Louverture – the Black general who freed the slaves of the French colony of St. Domingue and paved the way for the world’s first Black republic: Haiti – and Marie Eiffel, the iconic owner of a little slice of France at the end of Long Island.

Featured Articles

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IDEAS

TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE

The Black Spartacus

Historian Sudhir Hazareesingh, a professor at Oxford and the author of a biography of Toussaint Louverture, is appealing to France and the United States to include the hero of the Haitian Revolution in their curriculums and national narratives.

BON APPÉTIT

ICE CREAM

A Sweet, French-American History

France has gone down in ice cream history in America. Thomas Jefferson was a huge fan, and French ice cream has been enshrined in U.S. law since 1977!

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CULTURE

MARYSE CONDÉ

“America Taught Me Fraternity”

Guadeloupe-born writer, critic, and professor Maryse Condé, who taught at Berkeley, Harvard and Columbia, where she founded the Center for French and Francophone Studies in 1997, looks back over her years in America.

CULTURE

THE MURPHYS

The Americans Who Invented the French Riviera

Until the early 1920s, no one would dare brave the burning sun of the French Riviera from June through August. At least not until an American couple, Sara and Gerald Murphy, decided otherwise.

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Table of contents

NEWS

De Guerre Lasse: French Forces to Withdraw from Western Africa. By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

IDEAS

Editorial: The Virus and Civilization. By Guy Sorman

Sudhir Hazareesingh: Why Toussaint Louverture Needs to Be Taught in School. By Guy Sorman

The Eternal Conundrum of the Monarchy in France. By Anthony Bulger

ENTREPRENEUR

Marie Eiffel: The French Phoenix of Shelter Island. By Benoît Georges

FASHION

The Gentleman’s Style: Summer Color. By Julien Scavini

LIFESTYLE

With the Luma Foundation, Haute Culture Illuminates Arles. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

BON APPÉTIT

The Scoop on Ice Cream’s French-American History. By Clément Thiery

CULTURE

French Is Beautiful: Learning French with Flair. By Gabriel Bertrand

A Canvas, an Artist: Henri Rousseau, The Merry Jesters. By Tracy Kendrick

Maryse Condé: “America Taught Me Fraternity.” By Sophie Joubert

Alice Zeniter: Writing the Silence of a History Without Heroes. By Sophie Joubert

How the Murphys Invented the French Riviera. By Jérôme Kagan

LANGUAGE

The Wordsmith: Estaminets, tavernes et autres bistrots. By Dominique Mataillet

UNKNOWN FRANCE

Giverny: A “Painting in the Heart of Nature.” By Gabriel Bertrand

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