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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...

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The Eddy: Damien Chazelle’s Jazz Show

With the miniseries "The Eddy," available from May 8 on Netflix in France and the United States, the director of "La La Land" has set his sights on Paris and the darkness of a jazz club. Gone are the sun-kissed palm trees and upbeat dances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. In this eight-episode series, French-American filmmaker Damien Chazelle has swapped...

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Now Streaming: “Looking Up,” a Documentary on Photojournalist Henri Dauman

Without knowing him, we all recognize his photos of Elvis Presley and John Kennedy. After immigrating to the United States at the age of 17, French photographer Henri Dauman helped develop American photojournalism. A documentary about his singular life, directed by American filmmaker Peter Kenneth Jones, is now streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and  Youtube. Finding himself orphaned after World...

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“Culture as a Collective Experience Is What We Are Missing the Most at the Moment”

The French embassy’s service tasked with promoting French culture, education, and academia in the United States has adapted to the lockdown by posting small bites of pop culture on Instagram, reading recommendations, and webinars on dual-language education. We interviewed Gaëtan Bruel, the head of the service since September 2019, who is currently confined in New York. France-Amérique: As the cultural...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (May 4-10)

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. Nadar: The First of...

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This Week on TV5 Monde USA (April 27-May 3)

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. La Dernière d'Entre Elles...

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Luc Hardy, the French Explorer Confined in Connecticut

Breton-born Luc Hardy is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. To date, he has walked nearly 125 miles to the North Pole, climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica, and used a bathyscaphe — a self-propelled submersible — to explore the seabed off the island of Klein Curaçao in the Caribbean. Confined at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, he looks...

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

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. Bouffe MTL: With the...

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

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. Refuges de Montagne: Entre...

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Sur un Air de Violon: Francophone Musicians in Louisiana

Fifty years ago, the far-flung countryside of southwest Louisiana was filled with French Cajun and Creole songs. From open-air dances to family homes, these country, blues, and rhythm-and-blues melodies were the soundtrack to several generations. This musical culture has been showcased in a black-and-white album by photographer Ron Stanford, who lived with these Francophone musicians from 1972 through 1974. In...

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Nicolas Mathieu: A Novel for a Disillusioned Generation

Awarded the 2018 Prix Goncourt, "And Their Children After Them" follows a handful of young people between 1992 and 1998 in a French region hit by deindustrialization. Nicolas Mathieu’s second novel, published in English in the United States on April 7, is a vast social epic offering a masterful portrait of a forgotten France. In the hot summer sun of Lorraine...

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

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. AntiVirus Monday, April 6,...