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Analysis of French-American news • French cultural events in the United States • Interviews with leading intellectuals • Fashion tips • Traditional and contemporary recipes • Reports from across the United States • Authors’ perspectives on America • Portraits of artists, entrepreneurs, and other French-American personalities • The best of Francophone literature translated into English • French movies and series in theaters and online • French habits and linguistic subtleties • Unique places to visit in France • And so much more…


November 2020

In time for the U.S presidential election, meet the Americans voting from France. We then take you to meet the sapeurs, the fashionable dandies of the Congo, and Pierre Yovanovitch, the French starchitect who is “working magic in American interiors.” Last but not least, follow our French-American experts’ advice for adding a French touch to your Thanksgiving dinner!

Featured Articles




Absentee Ballots and Harry’s Straw Poll

Overseas Americans have the right to vote by mail, but expats in Paris continue to flock to Harry’s New York Bar in the 2nd arrondissement to participate in the straw poll, a tradition that dates back to 1924.



The Rothschilds’ Final Folly

Located on a rocky outcrop a few miles from Nice, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, with its pink walls, ornamental pools, and lush gardens, stands as a testimony to the French Riviera. A bygone time of transatlantic cruises, sumptuous receptions, and extravagance.




Working Magic in American Interiors

Pierre Yovanovitch is one of the most sought-after French interior designers in the United States. But just what is his secret? Clues can be found in his minimalist, eclectic compositions, a keen eye for detail, “haute-couture” services with the finest artisans and decorators, and unwavering availability. From Manhattan to the Hamptons and from Beverly Hills to Palm Beach, the rich and famous all want the “Yovanovitch treatment.”



Writing the Ghost

Hervé Guibert was born in 1955 and died of AIDS at the age of 36, having previously attempted to take his own life. He was the author of some thirty books while also working as a photographer and critic for French newspaper Le Monde. His best-known work, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life (1990), recounts his illness and the final days of philosopher Michel Foucault, who also died of AIDS. This and other writings have just been translated into English.


Table of contents


Balance ton bahut: Dress Discrimination and Sexism in Secondary Schools. By Anthony Bulger


French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: Just a Tiny Little Beast. By Guy Sorman

Mériam Korichi: “How Bullshit Has Become Transatlantic.” By Guy Sorman

Three Questions for Sylvie Kauffmann. By Guénola Pellen

Absentee Ballots and Harry’s Straw Poll. By Anthony Bulger


Trade War: American Lobster Farmers Off the Hook. By Benoît Georges


The Gentleman’s Style: La Sape, the Story of African Dandies. By Julien Scavini

Street Style: La Sape in Images. By France-Amérique


Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: The Rothschilds’ Final Folly. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet


French Turkey: The Transatlantic Travels of an American Bird. By Clément Thiery

Wine Pairing. By Nicolas Blanc


Pierre Yovanovitch: Working Magic in American Interiors. By Clément Thiery

Hervé Guibert: Writing the Ghost. By Sophie Joubert

Julia Kerninon: Portrait of a Powerful Woman in a Great Man’s Shadow. By Sophie Joubert


Translating Trump: Mission Impossible? By Claire Levenson

The Wordsmith: Synonymes et faux-semblants. By Dominique Mataillet


Chez Caillebotte: The Charm of the Belle Epoque. By Gabriel Bertrand

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