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The Peak of French Chic
This month, we take you to the mountains – to Chamonix in the French Alps, where the very first Winter Olympic Games took place a hundred years ago, and to the Rocky Mountains, where a number of French clothing brands are setting up shop and offering chic outfits for the slopes and the streets. Also in this issue, meet the Norman count who devoted his life to French-American philanthropy; read about Yuka, the French app that will help you shop for healthier food and cosmetics; and walk in the footsteps of Napoleon, from Austerlitz to Hollywood!
Vichy France on Trial
The British historian, who specializes in 1930s and 1940s France, is turning his attention to the trial of Marshal Pétain. His book, translated into French this month, is in the same vein as American historian Robert Paxton’s work on the Vichy regime – another sensitive subject. This begs the question: Is it easier for foreign researchers to delve into the darkest hours of French history?
By Guy Sorman
AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE
for the Founders of Yuka
Can the success of Yuka, a French app that provides information about the ingredients in food and cosmetics, be replicated in the United States? To find out, its three co-founders have moved to New York City for a year.
By Benoît Georges
Inventing the Winter Olympics
One hundred years ago, 258 athletes from 16 countries and 10,000 spectators flocked to the French Alps for an event that would go down in international sporting history: the first Winter Olympics! In the run-up to Paris 2024 and the 2030 Winter Games, which will also be held in France, we take a look back at twelve days of sports and diplomacy.
By Diane de Vignemont
French Winter Chic, from the Slopes to the Streets
Fashion is coming down from the peaks once again this winter. Originally the preserve of shepherds, mountaineers, skiers, and mountain troops, alpine style is now making headway in the urban world. A number of French brands are embracing the mountain-to-city chic, and carving out a niche in the United States.
By Clément Thiery
Table of contents
FROM THE NEWSDESK
A Row over Olympic Surfing Is the Latest in a String of Controversies Surrounding the Paris 2024 Games. By Anthony Bulger
COME ON OUT
French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick
Julian Jackson: Vichy France on Trial. By Guy Sorman
Asterix and the French: How a Cartoon Character Helps to Decipher a Nation. By Anthony Bulger
Hollywood Takes on the Napoleonic Legend. By Diane de Vignemont
Denis de Kergorlay: A Philanthropic Journey from Normandy to the United States. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet
French Winter Chic, from the Slopes to the Streets. By Clément Thiery
Adam Shatz: “Frantz Fanon’s Work Is Understood Differently in France and the United States.” By Sophie Joubert
Indomitable Gauls! By Dominique Mataillet