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French Lands Adrift in the Ocean
Some 3 million people live in French overseas territories – islands like Guadeloupe, Martinique, Polynesia, New Caledonia, Réunion, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, remnants of France’s colonial empire. We explore these distant lands that are regularly pushing for independence. Also in this issue, meet the French community of Hawaii, read about Alma de Bretteville Spreckels – the “great-grandmother of San Francisco” and a friend of Rodin – and discover our interview with U.S. historian Stephen Bourque on the “the Allied war against France” during the Normandy landings. Lastly, we bring you the story of Disneyland Paris, which revived fears of Americanization in France when it opened 30 years ago.
A French Community on the Edge of the World
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 French people have made the American archipelago of Hawaii their home. They live in harmony with the ocean and mostly rely on tourism, a sector which is now making a comeback after the Covid-19 crisis and 18 months of scarcity.
A Masterpiece Under Threat
The Chantilly estate is a jewel in the French heritage crown. It is home to a famous racetrack, a horse museum, a 15,000-acre forest, 15 châteaux and residences, and the Musée Condé, which houses the second largest collection of ancient art in France after the Louvre. Sublime but struggling with debt, it is now looking for investments in keeping with its splendor.
What Do French Overseas Territories Want?
The protests in France’s overseas territories that regularly make the news should not deceive anyone. Today, the push for independence has petered out.
Building a Castle... by Hand!
Deep in the forests of Burgundy, a team of artisans is hard at work on a construction project unlike any other: to build a castle using only 13th-century tools! Twenty-five years in the making, this work in progress is now the most visited tourist destination in the Yonne département.
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FROM THE NEWSDESK
COME ON OUT
BEYOND THE SEA
A CANVAS, AN ARTIST
Documenting the Corsican Soul. By Kamil Zihnioglu
© Babak Tafreshi