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“Versailles Is Part of the American Landscape”

Everyone needs a Rockefeller. Even France, even Versailles! This stubborn gem of French art was restored to its former glory by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby during the 1920s. Dozens of American philanthropists have since followed in their footsteps and contributed to the restoration of one of the best-known and most-visited buildings on the planet. Last year...

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Behind the Scenes: The Notre-Dame Reconstruction

Legendary show Des Racines et des Ailes first launched in 1997. This March on TV5 Monde USA, audiences will be going behind the scenes of the Notre-Dame cathedral reconstruction and discovering the hidden treasures of the French Riviera. We talked with the show's host, Carole Gaessler, to find out more. France-Amérique: Des Racines et des Ailes was one of the...

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Versailles’ American Splendor

The Château de Versailles is a symbol of French excellence in the arts, emblematic of absolute power and the height of the monarchy’s reign. But it actually owes part of its current grandeur and beauty to a number of Americans who financed its restoration throughout the 20th century. "What I must do is not what other people do, but what...[Subscriber]

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Heritage: We Must Save Our Old Stones!

For the European Heritage Days on September 15 and 16, 2018, France will organize a lottery whose proceeds will help restore endangered historical sites throughout France. Thousands of monuments in rural areas or small communities across France are falling into disrepair, including bridges and garrets, abbeys and fountains, theatres and synagogues, factories, ramparts, orangeries, greenhouses, windmills, viaducts, châteaux, and hundreds of...

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Parisian Bistros Appeal for Unesco World Heritage Status

Parisian bistro owners are looking to have their terraces granted Unesco's intangible cultural heritage status. The initiative is backed “wholeheartedly” by the city of Paris but has drawn criticism from the New York Times. The American media is quick to cover anything to do with French culture, especially when there is cause for controversy — a privilege reserved exclusively for...[Subscriber]

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American Friends of French Culture

What do Versailles, the National Library of France in Paris and the Reims Cathedral have in common? All three owe their revival to American patrons. The passion of these philanthropists is vital to safeguarding France’s heritage and its soft-power influence in America. From Rockefeller to McDonald’s, we look back on a century of American patronage. “France has it all, except...[Subscriber]