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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (July 6-12)

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. L'Eau à la Bouche Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) 1959. At a castle in the Pyrénées-Orientales, six people gather...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (June 29-July 5)

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. Please, Not Now! Tuesday, June 30, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Sophie, a model, discovers that her lover Philippe is interested in...

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The French Origin of Robert E. Lee’s Statue in Virginia

Just like the Statue of Liberty in its time, the controversial representation of the confederate general, which has been the target of anti-racism protests, was made in Paris before being sent to the United States in 1890. “A contest has been launched for the design of a monument to General Robert E. Lee in Richmond. All participants’ models and plans...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (June 22-28)

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. Irresponsable - Season 1, Episode 1, 2, 3, and 4 Tuesday, June 23, at 11:05 pm EST (8:05 pm PST) At 31, Julien is...

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The Best Podcasts for Francophiles

A selection of podcasts (in English) for those seeking a French culture fix while waiting out uncertain times – or anytime! The Land of Desire The Land of Desire is an engaging one-woman show about French history and culture hosted by San Francisco-based Francophile Diana Stegall. Whether discussing Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette; Napoleon’s “tiniest campaign”; or the Dreyfus affair, she...

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The French, History’s All-Time Losers?

The French excel when it comes to patisserie and haute couture, but are supposedly terrible in warfare with lily-livered soldiers going from one defeat to the next. This cliché has been peddled in the United States since the Wehrmacht entered Paris on June 14, 1940, and the French army surrendered eight days later. “Bonjourrrrr, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys!” This is...

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“These Protests Go Beyond the Black Lives Matter Movement”

Since the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while under arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, a wave of protests has rocked a number of cities in America and beyond. In Paris, where thousands of people attended a protest on June 6, George Floyd’s death has reignited the debate on police violence in France. According to...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (June 15-21)

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. Selife Monday, June 15, at 11:05 pm EST (8:05 pm PST) In a world where digital technology has invaded our lives, some of us...

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Jean-Pierre Laffont, the Darkness of America

From Martin Luther King’s funeral to the Ku Klux Klan camps in Alabama, New York-based French photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont captured the darkness and violence of America. The end of the dream. The Algerian-born French man arrived in New York City in 1965 at the age of 30 to discover a country in the throes of transformation. He stepped into the...

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Perspective Through Exile: James Baldwin in France

A key figure in the fight against discrimination and for civil rights in the United States, African-American novelist James Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. Fleeing racism in America, he arrived in Paris in 1948. France was where he wrote his most famous works, such as Notes of a Native Son (1955), Giovanni’s Room (1956) and Just Above My Head...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (June 8-14)

This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 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! 1. Paper Flags Monday, June...

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Occupied Paris by Janet Flanner

Writing under the pen name of Genêt, Janet Flanner (1892-1978) was the daughter of a Quaker from Indianapolis who spent fifty years brilliantly portraying Parisian life in her "Letters from Paris" for the New Yorker. Swept up in the politics of the 1930s, she gradually abandoned her neutral stance and invented a new form of journalism. She was forced to...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (June 1-7)

This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 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! 1. The Denunciation Tuesday, June...

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Covid-19: An Association for Helping French Seniors in New York

The Association d’Aide aux Seniors Face au Coronavirus was founded in April to contact and offer assistance to elderly French people living in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. After the initial astonishment, the voice at the end of the line is cheerful. “You sound just like my nephew; I thought it was him!” Our call surprised...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (May 25-31)

This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 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! 1. Law Breakers Tuesday, May...

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Hopper in Paris: The Birth of a Master

Edward Hopper, 24, realized one of his dreams when he moved to Paris in October 1906. An array of works from his French years, which have had little public exposure, were set to be exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. from May 23. However, the current coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closure of cultural institutions means this project...

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Oh les Filles: Meet the Badass Women of French Rock

What if rock was not born with Elvis Presley, but with Edith Piaf? This is the starting point of the toe-tapping documentary Oh les Filles, presented at Cannes in 2019, which tells the story of French rock through its female leaders from Françoise Hardy to Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis, Lou Doillon, and Christine & The Queens. Ahead of the broadcast...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (May 18-24)

This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 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! 1. New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Melanesia's...

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The Best Virtual Tours for Cooped-Up Francophiles

Through virtual tours, photos, and links to videos, online exhibitions, and articles, Google Arts & Culture’s French Connections: Culture from Calais to Marseille invites armchair travelers on an odyssey ranging not only geographically from one end of the country to the other, but also chronologically from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary street art and thematically from braille to ballet. While there...

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George Withers, an Illustrator at War

Seventy-five years ago, on May 8, 1945, Corporal George Withers was in Paris. The war in Europe had ended, and the American artist was painting the national outpouring of joy, scenes of jubilation in Paris, and the victory marches. “Today, I saw Churchill, Anthony Eden, and De Gaulle leading the Armistice Day parade,” he wrote in a letter to his...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (May 11-17)

This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. 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! 1. Le Temps des Nababs...