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The First Transatlantic Flight is French, Claims Paris

The city of Paris claimed that two French pilots were the first to make a non-stop flight between mainland Europe and America, a title that for decades has belonged to American legend Charles Lindbergh. In the 16th arrondissement of Paris, a plaque in the street named after French aviators Charles Nungesser and François Coli has been recently changed to read...

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Adrien Bosc: “The New Yorker Has No Equivalent in France”

The Avignon-born publisher and writer Adrien Bosc learned English by reading in-depth stories in the pages of Harper’s Magazine and The New Yorker, and went on to found the Editions du Sous-Sol publishing house and the Feuilleton review in Paris. He has since published the works of leading American reporters in French, and continues the very U.S. tradition of creative...

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The Struggle of 19th Century Women Artists in Paris

Despite the challenges, aspiring female artists flocked to Paris in the second half of the 19th century to seek careers as painters. In the face of societal and institutional pressures, these women created non-traditional paintings that played to their unique strengths. A selection of these will be shown in "Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900", an exhibition sponsored by the American...[Subscriber]

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“120 Beats per Minute”, a Lust for Life

Director Robin Campillo follows the struggle of Act Up-Paris, an advocacy group founded in Paris in 1989 to combat the AIDS crisis, inspired by the original New York organization. The movie, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been chosen to represent France at the 2018 Oscars, will be released in U.S. theaters on October 20. The movie...[Subscriber]

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Former French Minister Audrey Azoulay Elected UNESCO Leader

Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay was elected on Friday, October 13, by the UNESCO executive board to serve as the agency’s next chief. While the United Nation’s cultural arm has a world reputation for designating World Heritage Sites and preserving our collective history, recently it has been criticized for becoming too political and Ms. Azoulay will face the task...

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Costco, an Unexpected Hit in France
The Atlantic

In June, the hypermarket giant opened its first store in the outskirts of Paris. Costco, famous for selling cheap products in bulk, is the largest American membership-only warehouse chain and the second largest retailer in the world, after Walmart. Although its decision to cross into France was met with pessimism and predictions of its downfall, the brand’s performance seems to...

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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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Paris and Marrakesh Museums for Yves Saint Laurent
The New York Times

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a concept 10 years in the making, will open to the public on October 3. Housed in the old headquarters of Saint Laurent’s company, on Avenue Marceau, the museum will feature rotating exhibitions of the iconic designer’s couture with original pieces dating all the way back to 1964. In conjunction with this project, the...

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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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Who Actually Wants the Olympics?

It’s decided: Paris will host the 2024 Olympic Games. But this adventure is borne more by politics than sport, and we could be forgiven for asking if it is really necessary. And just how much will this mass entertainment cost the taxpayer? Paris has beaten Los Angeles in the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games. But where are the...

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A Lesson From iPhones

Of their trip to Paris, most people choose to remember a croissant that they ate at a café, the view from the top floor of the Eiffel Tower or Mona Lisa's smile at the Louvre. Our columnist Adam Gopnik prefered to remember the day he lost his phone! Not long ago I got to spend a couple of days in...

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Bringing Parisian Artists to a Chicago Museum

Palais de Tokyo’s Hors les Murs program has been bringing work from the Parisian institution all around the world since its conception in 2013. The contemporary art museum will hold its first large-scale project in the U.S. in Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History from September 13 to October 29. For the project, titled Singing Stones, eleven French and...

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Hurricane Harvey Echoes the 1910 Paris Flood
The Houston Chronicle

Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane of 2017, hit Texas on August 25 and wreaked havoc on the region for 8 days. Houses were ripped apart by heavy winds, flooded by torrential rains or affected later as storm water caused overrun rivers to flood onto land. Houston, the fourth most populous city in the U.S., received a majority of the...

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Notre-Dame of America

The most famous cathedral in France is appealing to American patrons in an effort to find funding for its estimated 179 million dollars of renovation work. The pearl of French gothic art has been a cornerstone of the country’s national history since 1163, but is now falling into ruin. Its gargoyles are crumbling, and its saints’ faces are growing smooth...

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The Facelift of Parisian Palaces
The Daily Beast

Parisian luxury hotels are working hard to bring foreign tourists back to the city after a series of terror attacks and security concerns caused many to stay away. According to the Vice President of the French association of hospitality professionals, certain luxury Parisian hotels lost up to 40 percent of their guests this summer as compared to the last. In...

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Deserving Tourists

Terrorist attacks have not damaged France’s appeal for travelers, and the country remains the world’s leading tourist destination. The current obstacles are above all the fault of the French government. Despite the recent terrorist attacks (and lunatics wandering around the foot of the Eiffel Tower holding knives) France’s appeal has not suffered any long-term damage. The country is still the...

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Trump Makes Merry in Paris

Donald Trump was Emmanuel Macron’s guest of honor at the July 14 celebrations in Paris, and seems to have forgotten the advice of his friend “Jim.” The American president has fallen back in love with France. Advantage: Macron. Macron hooked a big fish — Donald Trump — by using the bait that works best on the U.S. president: Flattery and...

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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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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...

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The Jeff Koons Affair

American sculptor Jeff Koons gifted one of his creations to the city of Paris last November. But the gaudy work inspired by the Statue of Liberty is still a point of contention. The artist’s large-scale sculpture representing a bouquet of tulips is supposed to be pay homage to the victims of the Paris Attacks in 2015. The project is supported...

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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...