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June 2022

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.

Featured Articles

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FRENCH CONNECTION

HAWAII

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.

HERITAGE

CHANTILLY

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.

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PERSPECTIVES

INSULARITY

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.

UNKNOWN FRANCE

GUÉDELON

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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Table of contents

FROM THE NEWSDESK

Le Troisième Tour: The Importance of Parliamentary Elections in France. By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

EDITORIAL

Winds of Change over Democracy. By Guy Sorman

INTERVIEW

Stephen Bourque: American Bombs Falling on France. By Guy Sorman

THE OBSERVER

Americanization Is Back (Did It Ever Go Away?) By Anthony Bulger

DIPTYCH ICONS

Le Château de Rastignac/The White House. By Clément Thiery

FRENCH CONNECTION

Hawaii’s French Community on the Edge of the World. By Benoît Georges

HERITAGE

Chantilly, a Masterpiece Under Threat. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

BEYOND THE SEA

Alma de Bretteville Spreckels: The Art of Extravagance. By Jérôme Kagan

PERSPECTIVES

What Do French Overseas Territories Want? By Dominique Mataillet

ALBERTINE DIARIES

Alain Gomis: In the Footsteps of Thelonious Monk in the United States. By Clément Thiery

BON APPÉTIT

Frank Adrian Barron, the American “Cake Boy” in Paris. By Gabriel Bertrand

Recipe: Rhubarb Pie

A CANVAS, AN ARTIST

Pierre Alechinsky, Featherweight. By Tracy Kendrick

FRENCH AMERICA

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. By Anthony Lacoudre

PORTFOLIO

Documenting the Corsican Soul. By Kamil Zihnioglu

ICONIC

The Striped Sweater. By Guénola Pellen

CINEMA

Lost Illusions: Fake News in the Time of Balzac. By Guénola Pellen

BOOK REVIEW

Camille Laurens: I, You, She. By Sophie Joubert

THE WORDSMITH

Resilience in the Face of… Anything. By Dominique Mataillet

UNKNOWN FRANCE

Guédelon: Building a Castle… by Hand! By Gabriel Bertrand

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