American Friends of French Culture

What do Versailles, the National Library of France in Paris and the Reims Cathedral have in common? All three owe their revival to American patrons. The passion of these philanthropists is vital to safeguarding France’s heritage and its soft-power influence in America. From Rockefeller to McDonald’s, we look back on a century of American patronage.

“France has it all, except money. If my contribution can help this country maintain its soft power in the world, I would be pleased. All it takes is a trip to France to visit châteaux, vineyards, and historic cities to be tempted to give everything to this country”, explains Mark, a donor, who could speak for hours about French heritage. “Let me have two more glasses of Bordeaux and I will tell you the story of Versailles and Postman Cheval’s Pala [...]

Subscribers Only

To be able to access this article,
log in or subscribe to France-Amérique.


  • In a Shipwreck, Relics of French FloridaIn a Shipwreck, Relics of French Florida Une épave découverte au large de Cap Canaveral contient ce qui pourraient être les vestiges de Fort Caroline, la dernière colonie française de Floride. Un monument de marbre frappé d’une […] Posted in Culture, History
  • Immigrants, the Lot of Us!Immigrants, the Lot of Us! The Americans do not descend from the Native Americans any more than the French descend from the Gauls. Both nations are in fact melting pots, and throughout our parallel histories, […] Posted in Opinion