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July 2021

The Bastille Day & Gastronomy Issue

As we near le quatorze juillet, France’s fête nationale, let us drink to la Bastille – this is the title of our editorial this month. The old Parisian citadel is long gone, stormed on July 14, 1789, and toppled the very next day, but its spirit endures in France and abroad. Also in this issue, discover how the French adopted the Mexican taco and made it into “a fattening Franken-food” named le tacos, and why Coca-Cola is suing its “French grandfather.” Finally, don’t miss our profile of French chef Laëtitia Rouabah, “Alain Ducasse’s leading lady in New York,” and American director Wes Anderson, whose latest project, The French Dispatch, will premiere at Cannes this month.

Featured Articles

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LIFESTYLE

HÔTEL HOLLYWOOD

Dark Nights and Silver Screens

In an effort to bring audiences back to theaters, the Karmitz brothers have invented a new cinema-hotel concept in Paris: the Paradiso.

BON APPÉTIT

COCA-COLA VS. COCA MARIANI

A Transatlantic Power Struggle

American giant Coca-Cola is suing small-scale French producer Coca Mariani for intellectual property infringement. Yet the Corsica-based tonic wine created in 1863 is 23 years older than the American soda. In fact, it even inspired the iconic drink.

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CULTURE

BENOÎT COHEN

American Dreaming

Filmmaker and producer Benoît Cohen has directed six feature-length movies including You’ll Be a Man, which won several awards at American film festivals. Since moving to New York in 2014, he has written three books. Yellow Cab and Mohammad, My Mother & Me are both available in English, while Le prix du paradis has just been published in France. For France-Amérique, he shared the story of how he reinvented himself in the United States.

CULTURE

WES ANDERSON

The Texan Director with a Parisian Heart

With The French Dispatch, his new movie premiering at Cannes this month, Wes Anderson has offered his greatest homage to France. Filmed in Angoulême, the latest saga follows a team of American journalists in France during the 1950s. The theme will not surprise anyone who knows that the director regularly draws inspiration from French culture and cinema. Looking back over his filmography is akin to going on a treasure hunt of references. With that in mind, here is a five-part trip through Wes Anderson’s France!

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Table of contents

NEWS

Pass-Time: The French Cultural Scene Reopens. By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

IDEAS

Editorial: Let Us Drink to la Bastille! By Guy Sorman

Michael Kwass: “American Historians Are Intrigued but Also Repulsed by the French Court Society.” By Guy Sorman

ENTREPRENEUR

Laëtitia Rouabah: Ducasse’s Leading Lady in New York. By Benoît Georges

FASHION

The Gentleman’s Style: What to Wear to a Wedding. By Julien Scavini

LIFESTYLE

Hôtel Paradiso: Dark Nights and Silver Screens. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

BON APPÉTIT

CULTURE

Molly Wilkinson: The Lone-Star Pastry Queen of Versailles. By Gabriel Bertrand

A Canvas, an Artist: Jean Dubuffet, The Reveler. By Tracy Kendrick

Benoît Cohen: American Dreaming. By Sophie Joubert

David Diop: The Voice of African Infantrymen in the Hell of the Trenches. By Sophie Joubert

Wes Anderson: The Texan Director with a Parisian Heart. By Pauline Guedj

HISTORY

Cabaret-sur-Marne: Remembering the Guinguettes. By Dominique Mataillet

LANGUAGE

The Wordsmith: Parlez-vous occitan ? By Dominique Mataillet

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