In the longstanding history of transatlantic relations, an unexpected and paradoxical joining of French and American xenophobic movements has suddenly appeared. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, former representative of the Vaucluse département, granddaughter of the Front National founder, and clearly a politician consumed by ambition, took part in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on February 22, 2018. As if...[Subscriber]
Francophonie — the collective peoples and institutions that speak French — is celebrated every March. Both an initiative driven by successive French governments and a tradition upheld by embassies, this honoring of the French language is confusing to say the least. March is filled with cultural events championing the French language all over the world. But the initiative is a...[Subscriber]
The American press, conservative (Wall Street Journal) as well as progressive (New York Times), regularly proclaims that it has become impossible for Jews to live in France. I conclude that these papers know neither the history of France nor what antisemitism really was. Never in the thousand years that Jews have been in France have we been happier or less...[Subscriber]
After staring wide-eyed at the July 14 parade on the Champs-Elysées last year, Donald Trump now wishes to organize his own in Washington. Many wonder as to the reason behind the American president’s decision. Is he looking to prove the military might of the United States? Few doubt it, allies and adversaries alike. And given the similar events that have...[Subscriber]
Modern heads of government are judged on the economic results of their time in office. However, this is a paradox. Our economies are open and connected to the world, and governments have little way of influencing growth rates. By definition, growth is dictated by global cycles which in turn are mainly determined by technical innovations. Governments can therefore hamper it...[Subscriber]
Power is shifting from politics to economics — a change demonstrated by Emmanuel Macron, who invited CEOs of the biggest multinationals to a gala dinner at the Château de Versailles. On January 22, 2018, the French president invited 140 heads of the world’s biggest companies to the Château de Versailles. The summit was entitled "Choose France" and was held in...[Subscriber]
The op-ed piece criticizing the #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc movements co-signed by French actress Catherine Deneuve has transformed the debate on sexual harassment into a Franco-American quarrel. One conclusion of the stance taken by the actress and some 100 other French figures from the worlds of academia, publishing, and media was that the Americans are supposedly seeking to impose a "puritanical...[Subscriber]
In his latest book, Nobel Prize-winning French economist Jean Tirole addresses the problems of the modern economy with market-based solutions. From an American perspective, the French have never embraced the free market. France has the second-highest ratio of spending to GDP and the fourth-highest rate of taxation among all OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] nations — outpaced only...[Subscriber]
Anyone reading the op-ed published in the New York Times on December 28, 2017, would believe French people are racists who turn a blind eye, while Americans at least recognize the discrimination inflicted on African-Americans. This hypothesis is based on the misfortunes of a French journalist of African descent, Rokhaya Diallo, who has made the papers in America while stirring...[Subscriber]
On December 6, 2017, the French lost their most popular countryman. Johnny was decried by the French elites but the workers adored him. He was our homegrown American. Whatever may think Paris’ lofty intellectuals who decry the United States, Johnny Hallyday was embraced by three generations of French people. Emmanuel Macron reflected this evident popularity when he declared that Johnny,...[Subscriber]
Barack Obama did not travel to Paris to meet Emmanuel Macron. He was in fact invited by Les Napoléons, a small committee of French businesspeople who invest in covert diplomacy. On December 2, 2017, a date that marks the anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz, Barack Obama was received at the Elysée Palace by Emmanuel Macron. The reasons for this...[Subscriber]
The tax reforms introduced by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have done nothing to improve the social and economic situations of our two countries. Instead, they are making the richest richer and widening the inequality gap. Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have committed to parallel tax reforms whose consequences, in both countries, weigh heavy on the middle classes while cutting...[Subscriber]
Having become an American citizen two year ago, after ten years of administrative procedures, I find myself confronted with the final step: celebrating Thanksgiving. Not to honor the fourth Thursday of November would not be very American. It would be entirely un-American. Forget the green cards, the passports and the right to vote. Surely Thanksgiving is the one, true consecration...[Subscriber]
Despite his smoke-and-mirror tactics, Emmanuel Macron is still seen as a right-wing politician in France. But anyone reading the American press would think he was closer to the left — the liberal left as defined by the United States, and which more or less encompasses the Democratic Party. This is the image of Macron presented in a recent profile by...[Subscriber]
At first glance, the two presidents have nothing in common. One cites philosophers known only to him; the other pours his heart out on Twitter. One knows what he’s talking about; the other swears by Fox News. But upon closer inspection, they are also quite alike. Both presidents are very much of their time. Take their approach to democracy, for...[Subscriber]
The American press has recently reported on the current butter shortage in France, and some fear that bakery-made croissants are facing extinction. Even king cake, a delicacy shared by family and friends every January, is said to be under threat. Whenever the U.S. media turns its focus to the French way of life, it is important to separate fact from...[Subscriber]
The Weinstein scandal has sparked a storm of reactions in both France and the United States, but the DSK scandal six years ago received a far more lukewarm response. Is French society more hypocritical or more tolerant than American society when it comes to sexual predators? When it was revealed in 2011 — by the Americans — that Dominique Strauss-Khan...[Subscriber]
The French president met with the CEO of Apple in Paris on October 6. Should we see this as a business meeting, or an encounter between two heads of state? French journalist Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber published The American Challenge in 1967, which went on to be a best-seller both in France and the U.S.A. The writer observed in his work that...[Subscriber]
The recent massacre in Las Vegas is incomprehensible from a French point of view. How is it possible for a citizen to amass such an arsenal of weaponry? It’s high time that the U.S. Congress acts. There is a direct link between the number of firearms in circulation in a country and the number of people killed by these weapons,...
Roy Moore won the Republican primary in Alabama on Tuesday, September 26, putting him in front for the race to the Senate. This pious, controversial figure represents an image of rural America where religion and politics intertwine. Roy Moore was relieved of his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument...
The presidents of France and America stood before the United Nations General Assembly for the very first time, outlining opposing positions on every detail. While Trump promised the total annihilation of Iran, North Korea, and even Venezuela, Macron presented as a standard-bearer for democracy. The POTUS extolled the virtues of strength and nationalism, whereas the French president sang the praises...