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Remembering the “Freedom Fries” Episode in Washington

Nathalie Loiseau, former director of the French administration school and Minister of European Affairs in the recently-formed Macron government, spent five years in the United States working as the spokesperson for the French Embassy in Washington D.C. It was a trying time for relations between France and America. From 2002 to 2007, when American officials in Washington needed a French...

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Where to Eat French Cuisine During Chicago’s Restaurant Week?

July 10 to 23, 12 French restaurants in Chicago will be offering special prix fixe menus so that the public can sample their best dishes at affordable prices. The third edition of the city’s French Restaurant Week coincides with Bastille Day celebrations and meals will be offered for $17.89, $38, and 178.90 to echo France’s revolutionary year. Below is a...

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Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in the United States?

This year in the United States, celebrations of France and its national holiday can be found all over the country. Taking place on or around July 14th, the 228th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in Paris and the annual celebration of French independence, cities around America will celebrate with events offering French food, games, music, and, in some...

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Where to Eat French Cuisine During New York’s Restaurant Week?

From July 3rd to 16th, 42 restaurants in the New York metropolitan area will take part in French Restaurant Week, offering a special prix-fixe menu for dinner and lunch to showcase the city’s diverse range of French cuisine. As a nod to the French revolutionary year and Bastille Day on July 14th, restaurants will offer menu options for the prices...

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A Message to American Entrepreneurs: “Come to France, We Love you!”

While on a trip to New York for the French Touch Conference, the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, reiterated Emmanuel Macron’s message to American entrepreneurs: “Come to France, you have a home here.” It’s become something of a tradition; the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs has attended the French Touch Conference every year since...

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Where to Celebrate la Fête de la Musique in North America?

On June 21, 750 cities in 120 countries will participate in Make Music Day, or “Fête de la Musique.” Originating in France, this festival was created by French Cultural Minister Jack Lang in 1982 to be an annual celebration of music in its most welcoming form. Free for the public and open to musicians of any genre or skill level,...

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French Legislative Election: The Results of the Second Round in North America

The 200,179 French voters registered in the U.S. and in Canada have spoken. With some 79.73% of the total votes, Roland Lescure (La République en marche) has won the second round of the French legislative election. As a "député" elected at the "Assemblée nationale," he will represent French citizens residing in North America for the next five years. The North-American Results...

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Dinner in New York, Dessert in Paris

Air France is set to open a pop-up restaurant in New York to showcase some of the French cuisine it serves in-flight. As a final course, diners have a chance to win a flight departing immediately after the meal that will land winners in Paris for dessert. Eat dinner in New York and dessert in Paris. This dream could come...

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A Monument in Honor of the Native American Soldiers of D-Day

A memorial stone was inaugurated in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in the Calvados département on June 5, 2017, to honor the Native American soldiers who died during the Normandy Landings on Omaha Beach in 1944. A chapter of history that deserves to be remembered. Almost 25,000 Native American soldiers fought in World War II. History (and Hollywood) have remembered the role played by Navajo...

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French Legislative Election: The Results of the First Round in North America

The 200,205 French voters registered in the U.S. and in Canada have spoken. With 58.03% of the total votes, Roland Lescure (La République en marche) has won the first round of the French legislative election. He will face the outgoing representative Frédéric Lefebvre (Les Républicains) in the second round, on June 17th. The North-American Results Roland Lescure (La République en marche): 57.53% Frédéric Lefebvre (Les Républicains): 14.53% Clémentine Langlois (La...

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Montreal Celebrates its 375th Anniversary!

Joyeux anniversaire, Montreal! The Quebecer city was founded 375 years ago, and is celebrating by pulling out all the stops to offer its residents a panoply of cultural events. On May 17, 1642, a group of priests, nuns, and French settlers founded the village of Ville-Marie on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. The village took the name of...

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A Timeless Piece of the City of Light for 200 Euros

The padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge were removed in 2015 because they were weakening its structure, and will now be sold at auction on Saturday, May 13, in Paris. A timeless piece of the City of Light for 200 euros. Going once…! Going twice…! Any couple finding themselves in the French capital would traditionally attach a padlock to the balustrade on...

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French New Yorkers Toast France’s President-Elect Emmanuel Macron

Champagne flowed amid applause at Cafe Tallulah in the Upper West Side, New York City on Sunday. There, French expats and tourists alike celebrated France’s newly elected president Emmanuel Macron. More than 100 people bunkered in the restaurant's basement lounge for a watch party hosted by En Marche! New York, the local branch of the movement Macron launched in April...

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French Election: The Results of the Second Round in North America

The 202,000 French voters registered in the U.S. and in Canada have spoken. With 66.1% of the total votes, Emmanuel Macron has won the second round of the French presidential election and will become the eighth president of the Fifth Republic. He will be in office for the next five years. The U.S. Results Emmanuel Macron: 92.26% Marine Le Pen: 7.74% Participation: 44,35% The Canadian Results Emmanuel...

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French New Yorkers Politick and Picnic En Plein Air

Through picnics in Central Park and political meetings, French voters in New York are campaigning for Emmanuel Macron. The clock at Café Tallulah's basement lounge struck 2 p.m. — a strange time for a café party. But the people gathering there on the Upper West Side were eyeing a different clock than most New Yorkers — the one in Paris. Surrounded by French...

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May Day, a Tradition Born in the U.S.A.

Did you know? In France, America, and many other countries across the world, May Day is celebrated on May 1 in homage to a bloody labor demonstration in Chicago in 1886. Chicago was the industrial capital of the United States in the late 19th century, and the workers’ union movement was beginning to take root. On Saturday, May 1, 1886, some...

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Who’s Your French President?

Who would you vote for in the final round of the French presidential election? Pretend you’re French and choose wisely! The French presidential election is now down to two candidates: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Considering the unsettling parallels between the recent American election and the current French election, France-Amérique invites its American readers to weigh in. Check in soon for the results! Please note, your...

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“Dramatic” Voting Conditions for the French Presidential Election

In a letter addressed to the French Foreign Affairs and Interior ministers, a U.S. representative for the French community abroad condemned the “dramatic” voting conditions for the first round of the French presidential elections. Frenchman Damien Regnard has been a New Orleans resident since 1996, and was elected to be a delegate of the Assemblée des Français de l’étranger in 2009....

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French Election: The Results of the First Round in North America

The 119,773 French voters registered in the U.S. have spoken. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face off in the second round of the presidential elections next Saturday, May 6th. Here are the results of the first round. The U.S. Results Emmanuel Macron: 51.13% François Fillon: 26.14% Jean-Luc Mélenchon: 9.90% Benoît Hamon: 5.44% Marine Le Pen: 5.01% Nicolas Dupont-Aignan:...

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Who’s Your Favorite French Candidate?

Who would you vote for in the French presidential election? Pretend you're a French citizen and cast your ballot! Last Sunday, John Oliver appealed to French citizens, urging them to learn from the United States' experience and cast their ballots in what is an incredibly influential election. Considering the parallels between the recent American and French presidential elections, France-Amérique invites its American...

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French Citizens in the United States Rally for the Presidential Elections

Almost 120,000 French people living in the United States have registered to vote on Saturday, April 22, in the first round of the French presidential elections. The French embassy in Washington has called it an “unprecedented” turnout. Three days before the first round of voting, a queue has formed along Fifth Avenue in front of the French consulate in New...