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The Most Beautiful French Gardens in the United States

With their elegant designs imposing order on nature, formal French gardens make it possible to satisfy an art fix while remaining outdoors. The following stateside versions are currently open to visitors. Nemours Estate Wilmington, Delaware An American take on the Petit Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s private retreat on the grounds of Versailles, Nemours boasts the country’s grandest French-style gardens. The 1910 mansion,...

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Frédéric Jung: France’s New Consul in San Francisco

To many French people, the northwest region of the United States, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the vast landscapes of Utah and Montana, is like a giant movie set. But according to Frédéric Jung, who was recently appointed consul general of France in San Francisco, the film now playing is a great tragedy. The 40-year-old diplomat from the town...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (October 26-November 1)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Cinéma antillais, un cinéma en résistance Monday, October 26, at 4 pm EST (1 pm PST) French Caribbean cinema has battled to exist. Even if...

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The French Revolution Storms onto Netflix

Epic, graphic, fantastical, and staunchly modern, La Révolution will be available on Netflix in France and the United States on October 16. The new series offers a Tarantino-esque revamp of French history and the birth of democracy. The words Ni roi ni maître (“No king nor master”) are painted across the walls of a burning castle. In the main courtyard,...

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African-American Legacy in the City of Lights

Many African-Americans came to Paris in the 20th century, and their legacy lives on. But where, exactly? France-Amérique turned to Entrée to Black Paris, a company run by American expats offering guided tours of the city with a focus on Black culture. With their help, we have identified six spots in the capital associated with famous African-Americans in search of...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (October 19-25)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. La sentinelle Tuesday, October 20, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Twenty-five-year-old Mathias heads to Paris to study forensics. In the train, a man...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (October 12-18)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Les nuits de la pleine lune Tuesday, October 13, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Louise lives with Rémi in a distant Parisian suburb....

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (October 5-11)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. La miséricorde de la jungle Tuesday, October 6, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) 1998, in the Kivu region. As the Second Congo War...

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“The Napoleonic Legend Remains Widespread in the United States”

Alexander Mikaberidze is a professor of European history at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He is the author of several books on Napoleon and has recently published a masterpiece, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History, which shows how the French emperor changed the world. France-Amérique: Why are there are several Napoleonic research centers in the U.S., including in Louisiana and...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (September 28-October 4)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. La traversée de Paris Tuesday, September 22, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Paris, 1942. Under German occupation, the black market is thriving. Martin...

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In the Footsteps of Christian Louboutin

Director Olivier Garouste followed the inventor of the red-soled heels as he traveled around the world and prepared his retrospective show, L’Exhibitionniste, through January 3 at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. The result is a unique new portrait that showcases the designer’s personality and the inner workings of his empire. France-Amérique: What led you to this project?...

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Juliette Gréco and Miles Davis, the Impossible Love Story

In postwar Paris, the French singer Juliette Gréco, who passed away on September 23 at the age of 93, and the American musician Miles Davis enjoyed a passionate love affair — tragically cut short by the racism in U.S. society at the time. Juliette Gréco was 22, the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, when she set eyes on the trumpetist, the up-and-coming...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (September 21-27)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Le magot de Josefa Tuesday, September 22, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Josefa has inherited a small fortune thanks to an uncle from...

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Meryem Alaoui: In the Heart of Casablanca

An insolent, resilient prostitute has her life turned upside down when she meets a young director. Published in France in 2018 and in the United States on September 15, 2020, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth is the first novel from a young Moroccan writer. She has her section of sidewalk, her regular clients, a small bedroom she shares with her...

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This Week on TV5MONDE USA (September 14-20)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5MONDE USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Trois enfants dans le désordre Tuesday, September 15, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) An honest entrepreneur is accused of high treason due to...

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Justine Triet: “Motherhood Is Barely Portrayed in Cinema”

French director Justine Triet’s third feature-length film, Sibyl, turned heads at Cannes in 2019 and will be inaugurating Lincoln Center's virtual cinema festival on September 11. Actress Virginie Efira plays Sibyl, an alcoholic psychoanalyst and mother who decides to become a novelist. However, her life is turned upside down after meeting Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a troubled actress about to have...

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“House of Cardin,” a Documentary on the Designer’s Countless Lives

He dressed Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, and the Beatles. He designed the interior of a famous American sports car, stepped into Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, and posed bare-chested on the cover of Time. Pierre Cardin, the all-rounder, the man who was the subject of a remarkable retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum last year, is now the focus of a U.S. documentary,...

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Monet and Chicago, an Impressionist Love Story

Claude Monet never set foot in Chicago — or in the United States for that matter. However, he enjoyed tremendous success there from the 1890s onwards thanks to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, the man who put Impressionism on the map, and a number of influential local collectors. This “collective passion” for the French painter is the subject of an exhibition...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (September 7-13)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Les virées de Pique-Assiette Monday, September 7, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Annick Jeanmairet heads off to meet the "artisans of flavor"...

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Summer 1945, American GIs at the Sorbonne

After the end of the war in Europe, a challenge remained: What could be used to occupy the thousands of idle, impatient U.S. soldiers awaiting repatriation? The top brass delivered an answer: Send them to university! In record time, American study centers shot up in Paris, Nancy, Biarritz, and several other French cities. Picture the scene: At the prestigious Louis-le-Grand...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (August 31-September 6)

Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children's shows you don't want to miss on TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 1. Il a déjà tes yeux: Episodes 1 & 2 Tuesday, September 1, at 11:10 pm EST (8:10 pm PST) It's time to go back...