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November 2022

The World-Leading French Language

“There is just one international organization founded on a language, and that language is French.” This is linguist Bernard Cerquiglini, speaking about the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Ahead of the OIF’s 18th summit, in Tunisia from November 19-20, he shares his take on la langue de Molière in North America and worldwide. Next, our columnist in Paris answers the claim by British journalist Simon Kuper that French has become a useless language in the face of globalization, while English reigns supreme. (Quelle idée!) Finally, discover our interview with philanthropist Monique Brouillet Seefried, who is fanning the flames of French-American friendship in Washington, and read about the forgotten World War II battle between France and the United States.

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THE OBSERVER

EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH

Or Do They?

France and the French can remain globally relevant only in English. Or so says British journalist Simon Kuper in one of a series of articles published recently by Le Monde. According to him, French is losing its utility, while English reigns supreme.

By Anthony Bulger

PERSPECTIVES

BERNARD CERQUIGLINI

"The French Language Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You!"

Who better than this jovial linguist to champion the French language? Bernard Cerquiglini holds a doctorate in literature, formerly directed the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and has been the vice-president of the Fondation des Alliances Françaises for the last two years.

By Dominique Mataillet

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BON APPÉTIT

HÉLOÏSE BRION

Gearing Up for Turkey Day in Normandy

Cookbook author Héloïse Brion is known for her homey seasonal recipes and her country version of the French je ne sais quoi style. Raised between Florida and France, her U.S. roots also influence her work, including her latest book, My Art of Entertaining. We caught up with the author and mother of two on an autumn day in Normandy.

By Caitlin Raux Gunther

HISTORY

CASABLANCA

The French-American Duel for North Africa

In the collective imagination, the name “Casablanca” conjures up the sweet nothings spoken by Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman: “We’ll always have Paris.” But for World War II historians, this Moroccan city is first and foremost the symbol of a forgotten clash between our two countries. The battle cost the lives of 1,346 French soldiers and 1,052 American GIs, and its 80th anniversary is commemorated this month.

By Clément Thiery

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Table of contents

FROM THE NEWSDESK

Joe Biden Chooses Emmanuel Macron for the First State Visit of His Presidency. By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

EDITORIAL

The More Things Change… By Guy Sorman

INTERVIEW

Monique Brouillet Seefried: Fanning the Flames of French-American Friendship. By Guy Sorman

THE OBSERVER

Everyone Speaks English. Or Do They? By Anthony Bulger

DIPTYCH ICONS

La tombe du Soldat inconnu/The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. By Clément Thiery

BUSINESS

Templon, a Transatlantic Epic. By Benoît Georges

ART

Druet vs. Cattelan: The Paternity Dilemma. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

PERSPECTIVES

Bernard Cerquiglini: “The French Language Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You!” By Dominique Mataillet

ALBERTINE DIARIES

Plants: Building Materials of the Future. By Dimitry Hlinka

BON APPÉTIT

Héloïse Brion: Gearing Up for Turkey Day in Normand. By Caitlin Raux Gunther

Recipe: Stuffed Butternut Squash

BOOKS

Pierre Singaravélou: History from the Perspective of the Colonized. By Sophie Joubert

HISTORY

The French-American Duel for Casablanca. By Clément Thiery

FRENCH AMERICA

University of Notre Dame. By Anthony Lacoudre

THE WORDSMITH

American or United-Statesian? By Dominique Mataillet

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