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March 2022

What Makes a Francophone?

What is Francophonie? Is the French language disappearing in Canada? What do Martinican poet Edouard Glissant and NYU professor François Noudelmann have in common? Why is the distinction currently made between “French” and “Francophone” authors so problematic? We answer these questions on the state of the French language in North America in our March issue, right on time for le mois de la francophonie! Also in this issue, read about President Macron and the emmerder scandal; Mathilde Collin, the French woman reinventing email in San Francisco; Jacqueline Chambord, the grande dame of the FIAF; and chef Isaac Toups, the standard-bearer of Cajun cuisine in Louisiana!

Featured Articles

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INTERVIEW

FRANÇOIS NOUDELMANN

“The Future of the French Language Depends on its Creolization”

French professor and director of the Maison Française at New York University, François Noudelmann applies a universalist vision of French in his teaching and his cultural programs, focusing on Haiti, Quebec, and the Congo as much as Paris.

HERITAGE

CARNAVALET

The World of Paris in a Museum

After five years of renovation work, the Musée Carnavalet devoted to the history of Paris is reopening with a revamped space that showcases the finest period rooms of the French capital.

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FRANCOPHONIE

CANADA

Is the French Language Disappearing?

French is no laughing matter in Quebec. When in November 2021, Air Canada president Michael Rousseau thought it was a good idea to say that he hadn’t had time to learn the language, he sparked a storm of criticism and had to apologize.

PORTFOLIO

RRICARDO BOFILL

The Architect Who Wanted to Revolutionize Social Housing in France

The internationally renowned Spanish architect, who passed away in January at the age of 82, was known for designing the headquarters of Cartier and Dior in Paris, and of United Airlines in Chicago. However, he also created vast social housing complexes inspired by Ancient Greece. A utopian yet controversial vision.

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Table of contents

FROM THE NEWSDESK

Meat, Wine, and Cheese Cause a Political Controversy in France. By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

EDITORIAL

Storm over Democracy. By Guy Sorman

ENTRETIEN

François Noudelmann: “The Future of the French Language Depends on its Creolization.” By Guy Sorman

THE OBSERVER

When Political Language Is Weaponized. By Anthony Bulger

DIPTYCH ICONS

Le palais de la Légion d’honneur/The Legion of Honor. By Clément Thiery

ENTREPRENEUR

Mathilde Collin, the French Woman Reinventing Email. By Benoît Georges

PORTRAIT

Jacqueline Chambord: Manhattan Rendezvous. By Jérôme Kagan

HERITAGE

The World of Paris in a Museum. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

ALBERTINE DIARIES

Texas by Fatoumata Kebe

BON APPÉTIT

Isaac Toups, the Standard-Bearer of Cajun Cuisine. By Clément Thiery

Recipe: Drunken Shrimp

A CANVAS, AN ARTIST

Joan Mitchell, My Landscape II. By Tracy Kendrick

FRENCH AMERICA

St. Louis, Missouri. By Anthony Lacoudre

FRANCOPHONIE

Is the French Language Disappearing in Canada? By Dominique Mataillet

PORTFOLIO

Ricardo Bofill: The Architect Who Wanted to Revolutionize Social Housing in France. By Guénola Pellen

ICONIC

The Louis Ghost Chair. By Guénola Pellen

LITERATURE

Alice Kaplan: From Minnesota to Algeria, in the Footsteps of Camus. By Sophie Joubert

BOOK REVIEW

Lola Lafon: A Girl in Little Pieces. By Sophie Joubert

THE WORDSMITH

What Makes a Francophone? By Dominique Mataillet

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