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Make-Believe Paris in America (2/3): Hollywood

Americans can now visit Paris without having to leave the United States! At the EPCOT theme park in Florida, at Universal Studios in California, and at the Paris hotel and casino in Las Vegas, tourists rub shoulders with waistcoat-wearing garçons de café and take selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower. Follow France-Amérique through those picture-posctard versions of Paris in the...

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COLCOA: French Cinema Shines Bright in Hollywood

The COLCOA festival on the West Coast is a showcase for Francophone cinema and a major event for U.S. distributors. The leading event is back in Los Angeles from April 23 through 30, 2018. Launched by the Franco-American Cultural Fund in 1996, the COLCOA festival (City of Lights City of Angels) is a bridge between the movie industries of Paris...

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French on the Airwaves

Americans speaking to other Americans… but in French! From Brooklyn to San Francisco and from Boston to Minneapolis and Ville Platte (Louisiana), many radio stations and shows are now broadcast in French. It’s 7:30 pm (EST) on Radio Soleil. After the horoscope in Creole and a few bars of kompa blasted out on a trumpet, it’s time for the weekly...

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Hallyday’s Inheritance: A French-American Legal Battle

Who should inherit the fortune of the late singer Johnny Hallyday, a former French citizen and a Californian tax resident? On both sides of the Atlantic, the rock star’s wife and two children are now fighting to stake their claim. Johnny’s most recent will and testament, signed in Marnes-la-Coquette just outside Paris in 2014, states that his entire fortune and...

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Dominique Crenn: An Homage to Good Food

Atelier Crenn made a name for itself with a multi-course tasting menu experience at 325 dollars and dishes garnished with gold leaf. But French restaurant owner and chef Dominique Crenn is now putting her talents into simpler things. Her new restaurant, Bar Crenn, set to open in San Francisco on February 20, promises to serve the standards of the French...

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Bisou, French Cuisine in Touch With its Feelings

French-American restauranteur Nick Ronan is known as "the Kissing Chef" in San Francisco, where he greets customers with a peck on the cheek as they step into his aptly-named bistro, Bisou. The eatery will be taking part in San Francisco Restaurant Week from January 22 to 31, 2018. Nick Ronan found himself in the restaurant world in the same way...

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“Frenchy”: The Voice of the Homeless in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles — the U.S. city with the highest number of homeless people — a French woman is fighting for the rights of those most in need. Formerly homeless herself, she has become a self-made "ambassador for dignity." Louise Mbella feels right at home in Skid Row, a neighborhood home to a large homeless population in Downtown Los Angeles....

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The Theater at the Lycée Français de San Francisco Gets a Makeover

The only Francophone theater in the San Francisco Bay Area has launched several weeks of renovation in order to host dance shows, movies screenings, and more actors than ever before. The new space is set to reopen in February. This success story will soon be celebrating its tenth anniversary. A certain Frédéric Patto first arrived at the Lycée Français de...

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Johnny Hallyday, American at Heart

French singer Johnny Hallyday grew up with Elvis and Chuck Berry, and passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the age of 74. "That’s where all the music I love comes from. From the blues," said this child of rock music and American culture in 1972. "His father is American, and his mom is French," said Line Renaud when...[Subscriber]

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Petit Pot: French Desserts, California-Made

Creamy desserts created by a French pastry chef in San Francisco have found a foodie following on the West Coast of the United States. The brand of organic puddings Petit Pot is hoping to expand across the rest of the country and compete with major American groups by 2018. The company founded by Maxime Pouvreau was born of disappointment. Upon...[Subscriber]

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In California, a Car Wash with a Green, French Touch

Car washing is America’ quintessential chore. But when French entrepreneur Bertrand Patriarca arrived in the U.S. three years ago, he was surprised by the industry’s lack of structure. Washers don’t need a license to operate. The largest car washing company owns less than 0.25 % of the country’s 113,000 stations. Patriarca intends to change this, along with three French associates...

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Alice Waters: “I was Educated in French Restaurants”

Alice Waters has always wanted to live like the French. Inspired by a year in Paris, the American chef brought seasonal French cuisine to Berkeley, California, where she opened the country’s first farm-to-table restaurant in 1971. Almost fifty years later, Chez Panisse remains at the forefront of “the delicious revolution” and the sprightly 73-year old is touring the United States...

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This French Engineer Has a Plan to Make L.A. Sustainable

French expat Laurent Pilon has spent the last 16 years at UCLA developing renewable energy technology. The Nantes-born professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering was recently given the reins — and a 3-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation — to make the county of Los Angeles sustainable by 2050. To convert the country’s most populous urban area to...

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French Artist Lifts Mexican Child Over U.S. Border Wall
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French street artist JR has struck again. He's been traveling the world for his project, "Inside Out," and taking large photos of people to paste on the side of buildings. In the latest edition, he installed the image of a Mexican toddler peering curiously from the Mexican side of the border over the wall it shares with the United States....

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The Rosé Revolution

Rosé wine has been rising fast in popularity among wine lovers, carving out a place for itself as an equal to white and red wines. The United States, the second largest rosé drinker next to France, has seen an exponential rise in imports of the drink from its birthplace, the region of Provence. Rosé sales have surpassed white wine in...

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Los Angeles Swings to Jazz by Django Reinhardt

The Lycée Français de Los Angeles is celebrating all things swing! The Lycée's Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz will be hosting the first edition of a festival in honor of renowned French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt on June 17 and 18, 2017. Jean Reinhardt was born in Belgium in 1910, and his life could well have taken a turn for the worse....

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Agnès Varda in Californialand

The French New Wave icon will be the focus of a retrospective at the BAMcinématek in New York from May 31 to June 13, 2017. Her six films set in the United States between 1967 and 1981 will be the focus of this homage. We met up with the French artist in 2013 when she was a guest at the...

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Francophile Film Distributors Make Tracks for Los Angeles

The biggest French cinema festival outside of France will be taking place in Los Angeles from April 24 through May 2. Organized between the Oscars and Cannes, the COLCOA festival offers Francophone cinema a prestigious showcase in Hollywood. The COLCOA festival was founded 20 years ago by the Franco-American Culture Fund. Drawing its name from “City Of Lights City Of...

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A Public Immersion Program for Pasadena

Two French-English bilingual classes will open next August at the Pasadena, California, school district. In a state where public schools are rare, this free program is quick to seduce parents. Gary Prézeau is from Sherbrooke in the Quebec province. His wife, Kerry, is Australian. Based in Pasadena, California, since 2001, the couple endeavor to raise their son “in a bilingual environment.” Their five-year-...

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Guittard: The Chocolate of Choice for American Chefs

The Guittard chocolate company enjoys a reputation in the United States that it does not have in France. The company’s founder Etienne Guittard hailed from the Burgundy region and brought his recipes over in 1868. Based in California for five generations, this family business provides chocolate to the greatest American pastry chefs. In the middle of the 19 th Century, Etienne Guittard left his...

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The French-American Business Awards Return to the West Coast

California entrepreneurs take note! The 4th French-American Business Awards (FABA) will take place in San Francisco on May 25. Applications for the Start-up of the Year Award will be open until April 23. Created in 2013 by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF), the French-American Business Awards (FABA) is an annual competition which rewards francophone businesses and...