Jeanne Moreau, from Scandal to Glory

Respected by French and American audiences alike for her iconic roles in the 1950s and 1960s, French actress Jeanne Moreau died last Monday. She began her rise to French New Wave stardom in 1958 when she starred in two films for director Louis Malle, The Lovers and Elevator to the Gallows, which featured music by Miles Davis. She was honored with a lifetime...

Escargots Aren’t French Anymore

Shocking but true, a recent NPR article reveals that the classical French dish, escargots de Bourgogne, no longer originates in France. In fact, all of the Burgundy snails used to prepare this buttery and garlicky delicacy are imported from elsewhere in Europe, as far as Hungary and Ukraine. Though these snails were once farmed in France, they have virtually disappeared...

France Leads the World in Soft Power

In another recognition of Macron’s new government, France has emerged as the new global leader in soft power, according to an annual report published this week. « The Soft Power 30 », released by the PR firm Portland Communications, ranks 30 countries in terms of values such as education, culture, political values and foreign policy. This year, France has risen...

Cheating, an Old Tour Tradition

This year’s Tour de France, which began on July 1, drew scandal once again when veteran Portuguese cyclist Andre Cardoso was suspended after testing positive for a prohibited drug, one also used by Lance Armstrong when he won the seven Tour titles that were taken away when his cheating was discovered in 2012. But cheating has actually been a part...

The New York Times
Can France Become the Next Silicon Valley?

An old train depot in the heart of Paris, which was inaugurated this Thursday, is the new symbol of France’s dream to become the start-up capital of Europe. Station F, a 366,000-square-feet space that hopes to house over 1,000 budding companies, is supported by tech giants like Facebook and Amazon as well as legislation from French President Emmanuel Macron. Though...

The New York Times
Trump's Yes to Bastille Day in Paris

President Donald Trump will celebrate Bastille Day and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American entry into WWI with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Macron extended an invitation to the American leader over the phone and now the two plan to review a military parade on the Champs-Elysées. So far, these two new leaders have clashed on multiple occasions but...

The New York Times
For Macron, Triumph and a Warning

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche won an overwhelming majority of seats in the legislative assembly on Sunday’s election. Moreover, many of the winners were first-time candidates that Macron was pushing in an effort to make the assembly more diverse. While this is largely seen as a victory for the new president, he still faces obstacles that...

The Wall Street Journal
Has France Found Its Ronald Reagan?

American conservative political commentator Walter Russell Mead compares Emmanuel Macron's victory to Ronald Reagan's election in 1980. Read more in The Wall Street Journal or on the Hudson Institute's website.

The Atlantic
Sciences: Trump Cuts, Macron Invests

Emmanuel Macron invests in science and invites to France American scientists left without a job due to Donald Trump’s budget cuts. Read more in The Atlantic.

W Magazine
Cannes Contests Netflix’s "Cultural Imperialism"

Two films produced by Netflix are in this year's competition at Cannes — Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories and Bong Joon-ho's Okja — and will never be released in theaters. This detail upsets French cinema owners. Read more in W Magazine.

What if America Voted Like France?

What would the American political landscape look like if the president was not elected by an electoral college, but by a popular vote as it is the case in France? Read more in Politico.  

Wealthy Parisians Fear the Communist Candidate

Bloomberg met with disgruntled, privileged Parisians ready to leave France in the event of leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s election. Read more on Bloomberg.

The Atlantic
Boston Opens its First Haitian-English Immersion School

Long the victim of discrimination in Boston schools, Haitian Creole is now on par with Spanish, which has had its own public bilingual program since 1970. Read more in The Atlantic.

What Will Happen to James Baldwin’s House?
The New York Times

The fate of the Provence house where African-American writer James Baldwin spent the last 17 years of his life is once again questioned, as the property is threatened by a luxury real estate development. Read more in The New York Times.

The Miami Herald
Love Song to the Francophone World

March is nearing its end and with it, le Mois de la Francophonie — Francophone Month. For the occasion, the consuls of France, Canada and Haïti in Florida wrote a love song to the French language and its 274 millions speakers. Read more in The Miami Herald.

Maine Public
African Migrants Revive French Speaking in Maine

Migrants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are driving a French-speaking resurgence in Maine. Read more on Maine Public.

How Does the French Election Work?

Five weeks before the first round of the French presidential election, the website Bloomberg goes over the specifics of the French electoral system. Read more on Bloomberg.

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Letter to Jim: "Paris Is a Wonderful City"

Donald Trump's (real or imaginary ?) friend Jim "loves Paris" but refuses to visit the French capital city. "Paris is no longer Paris," he said. A former history professor at Illinois College (Illinois), Steve Hochstadt took it upon himself to defend to defend the City of Lights. Read more in The Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

The New York Times
The Demise of French City Centers

Faced with the rise of suburban housing developments and shopping centers, French towns are losing their residents and their "Frenchness," laments the New York Times. Read more in The New York Times.

The New Yorker
In the French Election, Outsiders Are Seizing Power

Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron are the top contenders in the French presidential election. Trailing closely behind are Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg et Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who were outsiders until recently. Read more in The New Yorker.

New York Magazine
France Made Organ Donation the Norm

In a groundbreaking advance, France made organ donation the default choice on January 1, 2017. Unless they opt out of a national registry, all French citizens will be considered organ donors after their death. Read more in New York Magazine.