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Rebecca Zlotowski: “I Am Offering an Eroticized Vision of Existence”

In her fourth movie, An Easy Girl, available on Netflix in the United States since August 13, Rebecca Zlotowski directs French-Algerian actress, designer, and model Zahia Dehar, who was in the media spotlight for her role in an underage prostitution scandal involving French soccer players. Ten years after the fact, the filmmaker turns her camera to the beautiful Dehar, examining...

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Love in the Time of Lockdowns

France announced in early August the introduction of a special procedure whereby partners separated by Covid-19 and travel restrictions could apply for a family reunification. Great news for binational couples! “Love Is Essential” might sound like the title of a Harlequin romance, but it’s one of several hashtags that highlight the plight of binational couples separated by the travel restrictions...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (August 17-23)

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. De par chez nous Monday, August 17, at 11 am EST (8 am PST) Host Marième Ndiaye travels to meet French-speaking Canadians who have...

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, France-Amérique Explained the Atomic Bomb

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by an incredibly powerful bomb on August 6 and 9, 1945. In its August 19, 1945 edition, France-Amérique published a front-page feature and a rare popular science article by Jacques Errera. The Belgian physicist discussed nuclear fission and shared his vision of the future of the atomic age. “The atomic bomb...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (August 10-16)

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. Echappées Belles: Marseille, la Vie en Bleu Monday, August 10, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) The clear blue sky, the deep blue...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (August 3-9)

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. A Man Escaped Tuesday, August 4, at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST) Arrested by the Germans and sentenced to death, Lieutenant Fontaine is...

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Marie Cuttoli: Weaving Modernity

Marie Cuttoli was a visionary woman forgotten by art history books, despite making traditional tapestry weaving a medium for modernity. This friend of American collectors was determined to reboot the Algerian and French weaving industries. She commissioned works by the greatest artists of her time, from Pablo Picasso and Man Ray to Henri Matisse, paving their way to American museum...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (July 27-August 2)

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. Une Nuit: The Louvre with Lambert Wilson Monday, July 27, at 3 pm EST (12 pm PST) Who has never dreamt of visiting a...

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Virgil Abloh: Vuitton Switches to American Time

At Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, which reopened on July 14, a retrospective of the work of Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, explores his unlikely journey, varied talents, and deep ambitions. “Duchamp is my lawyer,” Virgil Abloh likes to say. Riding the wave that has merged streetwear with high fashion, the boundary-defying designer became artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear in...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (July 20-26)

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. Echappées Belles: La Picardie à Bras Ouverts Monday, July 20, at 20:30 pm EST (8:30 pm PST) Picardy offers many treasures. With its castles,...

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Off with Her Head (of Marketing)!

While the monarchy is often perceived as outdated in France, it continues to inspire a certain fascination in the United States. There are now countless brands and consumer products that reference Versailles, Louis XIV, and Marie-Antoinette, all of which have become often-kitsch symbols of French luxury. “Give your home the royal treatment with our antique collections and regal bed, bath...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (July 13-19)

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. On Va S'Aimer Un Peu, Beaucoup... - Season 1, Episode 1 & 2 Tuesday, July 14, at 11:05 pm EST (8:05 pm PST) Astrid...

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The Bastille Key, a French Relic in America

The Bastille key is a symbol of the French monarchy and the prison that was taken by Parisian revolutionaries on July 14, 1789. Today, it is exhibited in the United States at a museum south of Alexandria in Virginia. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s plantation located on the banks of the Potomac River, is now a museum home to the final...

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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...