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L’Amour à la Française vs. American Romance
Do we love in the same ways on both sides of the Atlantic? Are Americans prudish? Are the French more unfaithful? What about differences in sexual practices? For Valentine’s Day, Florida-based psychotherapist Bérénice Boursier-Baudouin answers our most risqué questions on French-American relationships! Also in this issue, read about the new golden triangle of contemporary art in Paris; meet French chef Gilles Epié, the culinary rock star out to conquer the U.S. capital; and discover how Barbie, who arrived in France sixty years ago this month, has become an outsize – and controversial – symbol, not only in her home country but around the world.
Celebrating 60 Years of the American Doll in France
Among the historical milestones being marked this year in France – the first public session of the Académie Française, Molière’s death, the launch of the Ariane space program – there’s one that may seem slightly frivolous. That’s right: 2023 is also the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the Barbie doll in Europe.
By Anthony Bulger
A Revolutionary Entrepreneur Network
Founded in New York City in 2014 by two expats, FrenchFounders drew its inspiration from the start-up model and is now shaking up communities of entrepreneurs living abroad. This new approach has since won over more than 4,000 members across the world.
By Benoît Georges
L'AMOUR À LA FRANÇAISE
vs. American Romance
Do we seduce each other in the same ways on both sides of the Atlantic? Are Americans prudish? Are the French more unfaithful? And how easy is it to be in a binational relationship? For Valentine’s Day, these questions are all answered by Bérénice Boursier-Baudouin, a Florida-based French psychotherapist.
By Juliette Démas
W.E.B. DU BOIS IN PARIS
An Exhibition against Racist Clichés
In 1900, the prominent sociologist worked with the Paris Exposition Universelle to showcase the newfound freedom and rapid progress of Black Americans. But Belle Epoque France was more interested in colonial expansion than social emancipation – which is the focus of an exhibition currently on display at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City.
By Roland Flamini
Table of contents
FROM THE NEWSDESK
Bis Repetita: Another Attempt at Pension Reform in France. By Anthony Bulger
COME ON OUT
French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
Woke, a Fashionable Dance. By Guy Sorman
Olivier Zunz: “Tocqueville Believed That Democracy Is a Constant Struggle.” By Guy Sorman
Celebrating 60 Years of the Barbie Doll in France. By Anthony Bulger
FrenchFounders, a Revolutionary Entrepreneur Network. By Benoît Georges
L’Amour à la Française vs. American Romance. By Juliette Démas
Gilles Epié: Out to Conquer the Capital. By Hélène Vissière
Herring-Style Marinated Scottish Salmon. By Gilles Epié
W.E.B. Du Bois in Paris: An Exhibition against Racist Clichés. By Roland Flamini
Constance Debré: Mother, Lonesome Cowboy. By Sophie Joubert
Sobriety: The Party’s Over. By Dominique Mataillet