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2022 will be the year of the great French “cultural offensive” in the United States! We sat down with Cultural Counselor Gaëtan Bruel to discuss Villa Albertine, the new artistic residence program launched in ten U.S. cities by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each season, 60 creators and thinkers will carry the “French message” across the Atlantic Ocean. Also in this issue, read about French intellectuals and their fight against reactionaries, and publisher Jacques Schiffrin, who fled France during World War II and helped launch Pantheon Books in New York City. Last but not least, French pastry wizard Dominique Ansel shares with us the recipe of his signature king cake!
FIVE FRENCH FIGURES
in American Tech
As the world’s biggest technology expo was hosted once again in Las Vegas earlier this month, we took a closer look at five French names who have changed – and continue to influence – American tech.
A Brand, a Destiny
French-American journalist Anne Sinclair
imposed her own personal style on television during the 1980s. Her recipe for success included uncompromising questions, a stare intense enough to defy powerful men, and mohair sweaters by Anny Blatt. Today, the longstanding brand is making a triumphant return thanks to two women: designer Anne Molineau and the label’s president Marion Carrette.
Reinventing French Soft Power
France has launched a new artistic residence concept in an effort to bolster cooperation with the United States in the arts and ideas sector. Villa Albertine is following in the footsteps of historic French residences abroad – in Rome, Madrid, and Kyoto – but hopes to also reconnect with the tradition of French cultural diplomacy and renew American perspectives.
Designed for high altitudes and the snow, these glasses are now worn in the city by fashionistas and celebrities from Alain Delon to Miles Davis and James Bond!
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FROM THE NEWSDESK
COME ON OUT
New York by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh
A CANVAS, AN ARTIST
© John Bartelstone