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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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Jean-Michel Othoniel, the Glass Always Half Full

Jean-Michel Othoniel is taking over the three floors of the Perrotin Gallery in Manhattan for his first solo exhibition in New York since 2012. Some 35 "monumental" works assembling pearls and expanses of translucent bricks will make up the installations on show until April 15, 2018. A giant pearl necklace hung in the stairwell leads up to the "tornado room."...

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French Painter Martial Raysse Returns to the U.S.

Fifty years after leaving the U.S. pop art scene, French painter Martial Raysse is showcasing his "Visages" exhibition at the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York. "Coming back here is like visiting an old friend." At the age of 82, figurative painter Martial Raysse is back in the United States. In his role as one of the founding members of...

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A New Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York

The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival is back for its 26th year at the Lincoln Center in New York from March 8 through 18, 2018. This year’s line-up includes two movies starring Mathieu Amalric, a documentary by Raymond Depardon, and the return of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The leading French film festival in North America will be opening to...

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Gad Elmaleh’s “American Dream” is Coming to Netflix

Gad Elmaleh's first English-language show, American Dream, will debut on Netflix on March 6, 2018. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the French stand-up comedian and the U.S. streaming platform. After a performance in French, Gad Gone Wild, available since January 2017, the Gad Elmaleh is coming back to Netflix with one-man show in English. In American Dream, taped...

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Five Unusual Guides for Traveling in the United States

Major U.S. cities are attracting an increasing number of tourists and expats in search of new and original experiences. For those looking to make the most of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Chicago, here is a selection of guides written by French travelers. Destination New York, the very first Francophone guide created online [caption id="attachment_71497" align="aligncenter" width="670"] The third...

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“Returning to Reims”: An Essay by Didier Eribon on Stage in New York

The Schaubühne theater company headed up by German director Thomas Ostermeier is presenting Returning to Reims at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn until February 25. The show was created by actress Nina Hoss (Homeland) in reaction to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential elections, and is inspired by an eponymous essay by French sociologist and philosopher Didier Eribon published in...

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Claude Monet on Broadway

A musical about the life of the French impressionist painter is currently in production. An extract was presented in New York on February 5, 2018, and the show is set to preview this fall. Claude Monet was 60 in 1901. The pioneer of Impressionism was living in Giverny, in the Eure département, where he continued his series of paintings of...

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French Animation Gets a Festival in New York

Animated movies are not just for kids! In an effort to disprove the widely-held belief that they are, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will be organizing the first U.S. festival for French animated cinema in New York on February 2 through 4, 2018. As part of the upcoming event, the FIAF’s film curator, Delphine Selles-Alvarez, and the director of...

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Le Cirque Through the Eyes of Eight French Chefs

Le Cirque will be closing at the end of the year. This restaurant has been a shrine to French gastronomy in New York since 1974, and helped kickstart the careers of two generations of French chefs living in the United States. Eight of them shared their memories and experiences of Le Cirque with France-Amérique. Alain Sailhac, dean emeritus of the...

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Le Cirque: The Rise and Fall of a French Restaurant

Due to close on December 31, Le Cirque was once considered New York’s best French restaurant. The famed institution was held up as an ideal for fine-dining in the U.S. and acted as a starting point for many French chefs that still influence the culinary scene today. At Le Cirque, the show was in the dining room as much as...

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Johnny, France’s Good American

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]

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Ariane Mnouchkine: A Room in India

Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil are icons of popular theater in France, and will be presenting their latest production, A Room in India, in New York from December 5 to 20, 2017. Audiences can expect a comedy combining eastern influences and references to Charlie Chaplin. For 13 consecutive nights, the 75 members of the Théâtre du Soleil will...[Subscriber]

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Two French Expats Put New York Grandmas Back to Work

New York City grandmothers can go back to work by knitting hats for Wooln, a startup founded by two French transplants living in the U.S. In its third year, the company led by Margaux Rousseau and Faustine Badrichani is growing steadily in terms of sales and grandmas. Nine retired women knit regularly for the brand. The "grandmas," as they are...

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France-Amérique extends thanks to its readers and partners in New York

For the fourth year in a row, France-Amérique organized its fall cocktail at the Consulate General of France in New York. This year it took place on Thursday, November 2nd. "There is a real place for a magazine that recognizes and promotes the French-American relationship." With these words, Guy Sorman, the president of France-Amérique, welcomed the guests at the Consulate...

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Emi Ferguson Brings the Music of Versailles to New York

Can you imagine if Lana Del Ray and Kanye West had sung at the court of the Sun King? It’s not as strange as you may think, as English flutist Emi Ferguson, professor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, is giving 17th-century baroque music a second lease of life. Emi Ferguson spend her childhood summers in a...

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The “Chef of the Century” Has Returned

Five years after the closing of his famed restaurant, Joël Robuchon, the world’s most decorated chef, is returning to New York. L’Atelier, a high-end dining establishment influenced by Japanese sushi counters, is set to open in Lower Manhattan on November 1. Mr. Robuchon has been planning his return ever since the original L’Atelier, which was located at the Four Seasons...

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From DSK to Weinstein, Progress in the Fight for Women’s Rights

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]

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Maison Kayser is Coming to Washington D.C.

The Maison Kayser brand of bakeries and cafés is continuing to convert Americans to the art of good bread. The French company originally moved to New York in 2012, and is set to open two new sites in Washington D.C. in February 2018. Update: The first bakery opened on February 8 at 1345 F Street NW. The second location will open...

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TV5 Monde Honored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce

The sixth annual gala of the French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation in New York took place on September 28, 2017, and honored the television channel TV5 Monde USA with the French Company of the Year Award. Yves Bigot has been the CEO of the Francophone channel since 2013, and spoke to us about the presence of TV5 in the United...

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American French Film Lover to Restore Parisian History

American real-estate magnate and French film lover Charles Cohen recently purchased La Pagode, a 1895 Parisian art house that closed in 2015. Cohen, owner and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty, has merged his business acumen with his passion for cinema by distributing French films in the United States and restoring historic theaters. In 2010, Cohen started a film distribution company, Cohen Media...