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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...

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The Man Who Loved French Cinema

Charles Cohen is a renowned, wealthy real estate magnate, but also has a passion for cinéma d’auteur. He even went as far as making a second career out of it, and in just a few years has become one of the leading distributors of French films in the United States. After renovating The Quad, New York's first multiplex theater, he...

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Macron, the “Anti-Trump” at the U.N. General Assembly

Striking differences between French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump were evident once again during the pair’s individual addresses to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly that convened this week. Many American media outlets compared the speeches point-by-point to highlight the two leaders' contrasting ideologies. "France’s president urged world leaders to work together, while America’s emphasized nations’ own...

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The Macron-Trump Presidential Clash

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...

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Tearing Down the Statues

Embarrassing symbols of American history are being torn down one by one; after removing Confederate flags in the past, the focus has now been turned to statues. A commission in New York has been tasked with identifying exactly which symbols are to be confiscated, starting with the name “Philippe Pétain” engraved on Broadway. French people will hardly be surprised by...

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Capturing Environmental Changes from New York to Perpignan

New York photographer Steve Giovinco is renowned for his dusky landscapes, and has received funding from the French Ministry of Culture to document the consequences of global warming in the south of France. With his camera hung around his neck, Steve Giovinco is hot on the trail of environmental changes. The New York photographer has captured the destruction caused by...

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Meet Lola, the Little Miss Graffiti of Brooklyn

Spray paint in hand, Lola G. coats the walls of Brooklyn with multi-colored patterns, from blue elephants to tropical mermaids and other fantastical creatures. At just nine years old, the French girl is the world’s youngest street artist. The young artist’s career was originally launched by a chance encounter. In 2014, she was trying out her new marker pen on...

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Where to Eat French During NYC Restaurant Week?

Twice a year, some of New York’s finest restaurants open their doors to eager residents, curious cross-borough travellers and determined tourists during NYC Restaurant Week. Only during this mouthwatering 4-week period, from July 24 to August 18, will diners be able to sample all five boroughs’ culinary institutions with prix-fixe menus of $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner. This...

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Female Boxer Anissa Meksen Comes Out Swinging

French boxer Anissa Meksen will be celebrating Bastille Day in New York. Weighing in at 53 kilos (117 pounds), the athlete will be taking part in a gala match in Madison Square Garden this Friday. The event marks the first American fight in her professional boxing career. Anissa Meksen exudes determination and self-confidence, even as she answers our questions on...

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La Ripaille Keeps the French Bistro Alive in New York

While its candlelit tables and jazzy French music may seem similar to the many other French bistros in New York, La Ripaille is unique in its longstanding history of 37 years. The interior, largely unaltered since its opening in 1980, stands proudly as a grandfather example for the many new French bistros that have opened recently during the re-emergence of...

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Bringing Couscous from Algeria to Brooklyn via Paris

When studying journalism at Columbia University, Aaron Lee never imagined he would become, in his wife’s words, “a Southwest Georgia boy who’s now the king of couscous in New York.” However, just a few years later, he owns and operates Bar Omar in Williamsburg, a dimly-lit restaurant in Brooklyn with a menu famous for its French-Algerian couscous and tagines. The...

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Where to Eat French Cuisine During New York’s Restaurant Week?

From July 3rd to 16th, 42 restaurants in the New York metropolitan area will take part in French Restaurant Week, offering a special prix-fixe menu for dinner and lunch to showcase the city’s diverse range of French cuisine. As a nod to the French revolutionary year and Bastille Day on July 14th, restaurants will offer menu options for the prices...

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A Message to American Entrepreneurs: “Come to France, We Love you!”

While on a trip to New York for the French Touch Conference, the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, reiterated Emmanuel Macron’s message to American entrepreneurs: “Come to France, you have a home here.” It’s become something of a tradition; the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs has attended the French Touch Conference every year since...

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The Alliance of French and American Universities

The Alliance Program, a partnership between Columbia University in New York and three French institutions — Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University — has awarded 700 dual-degrees in the past ten years. Each one of these graduates spent half of their schooling in Paris and the other half in New York, making their education an equal product of...

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French-Speaking Comedians On-Stage in New York

The French Comedy Festival offers five French-speaking comedians a chance to perform on-stage in New York from June 21 to 24, 2017. The French Comedy Festival was founded in 2016, and this year will be hosting five comedians — two French, one American, one Canadian and one Belgian — across four New York venues. “The festival aims to promote French culture through humor,”...

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Dinner in New York, Dessert in Paris

Air France is set to open a pop-up restaurant in New York to showcase some of the French cuisine it serves in-flight. As a final course, diners have a chance to win a flight departing immediately after the meal that will land winners in Paris for dessert. Eat dinner in New York and dessert in Paris. This dream could come...