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November 2021

Josephine Baker

French-American icon Josephine Baker will enter the Pantheon on November 30. You may know her as a performer in 1920s Paris, but she was also a Resistance fighter, an antiracist activist, and a mother to 12 adopted children. Follow our writers as they take you through these aspects of her life and discover the Château des Milandes, in Dordogne, where she raised her family. Also in this issue, read about the U.S. submarine deal that angered the French president, the fight for reproductive rights in France and the United States, and the Marquis de Lafayette – another French-American icon.

Featured Articles




A Garden of Eden on the French Riviera

Nestled at the foot of the Massif des Maures between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez, and boasting Art Deco architecture in a vast, landscaped, Mediterranean garden overlooking the sea, the Domaine du Rayol only reveals its secrets to those who truly love the Côte d’Azur. An absolute must-see for anyone staying in the Var.



The French-American Resistance Fighter Enters the Pantheon

More than forty years after her death, the celebrated African-American dancer and singer will enter the Pantheon on November 30 on the orders of the French president. While often reduced to her banana belt in the 1925 Revue nègre show, she was also a Resistance fighter and an antiracist activist.




A Cinematic Journey

Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring in real life the symmetrical decors and bright color palettes of the American director of The French Dispatch? A New York couple, Wally and Amanda Kowal, made this dream come true in 2017 when they created Accidentally Wes Anderson, featuring some of the world’s most Wes Anderson-esque places shared by a global online community.



The Model Who Became a Master Painter

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is hosting a major exhibition of Suzanne Valadon, one of the greatest French painters of the last century. The show runs until January 9 and is the first American event for this avant-garde figure, who was long excluded from art history.


Table of contents


Un coup de Trafalgar: How a U.S. Defense Deal Angered France. By Anthony Bulger


French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: Everyone for Themselves. By Guy Sorman

Laurent Zecchini: “Lafayette, the Great Mediator.” By Guy Sorman

The Growing Threats to Reproductive Rights. By Anthony Bulger


Christine de Wendel: The French-American Woman Taking Restaurants by Storm. By Benoît Georges


The Gentleman’s Style: Flannel. By Julien Scavini


Le Domaine du Rayol: A Garden of Eden on the French Riviera. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet


A Canvas, an Artist: Paul Signac, Place des Lices, St. Tropez. By Tracy Kendrick

Josephine Baker: The French-American Resistance Fighter Enters the Pantheon. By Vincent Dozol

The Château des Milandes: Josephine Baker’s Third Love. By Gabriel Bertrand

Accidentally Wes Anderson: A Cinematic Journey. By Carla Peyrat

Suzanne Valadon: The Model Who Became a Master Painter. By Prune Perromat

Hervé Le Tellier: Literature Is Child’s Play. By Sophie Joubert

Franck Bouysse: In Blue Beard’s Castle. By Sophie Joubert


The Wordsmith: Le multiculturalisme en France. By Dominique Mataillet

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