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Iconic by France-Amérique - The 80th Anniversary Issue
With a different cover, new content, and 132 pages instead of 92, this issue is one of a kind! France-Amérique is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and what better way for a magazine to mark such a milestone than with some carefully chosen words? With this in mind, we have searched our archives, identified 80 significant terms, and created an iconic, quirky, pop-inspired special edition. Across 80 years and 80 letters, we are giving you the very best of France in the United States. We hope that you will enjoy reading this unique magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
France-Amérique from A to Z
This vast body of water has carried the figureheads of two revolutions, the heroes of two world wars, and countless adventurers, artists, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs in search of new markets. From Alexis de Tocqueville to Marion Cotillard and from James Baldwin to Pamela Druckerman, many have crossed this ocean that both separates us and brings us closer together. Lafayette spent 39 days sailing across the Atlantic in 1780; today, Air France flights take just eight hours. Needless to say, our two continents – and our two cultures – are closer than ever.
The kings of the French Touch! With their crowd-pleasing, futuristic disco hits (“Around the World,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Get Lucky”), Parisian D.J.s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have spread French electro across the world. From 2009 to their split in 2021, the helmet-wearing duo won eight Grammy Awards, sold out major venues, and collaborated with top American musicians, including Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and The Weeknd. Even today, these two groovy robots are among France’s best-selling artists abroad.
In June 1885, some 241 crates were unloaded in New York City. Inside were different parts of the Statue of Liberty. These had been designed by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and assembled in Paris around a metal structure created by Gustave Eiffel (who had not yet built his eponymous tower), before being dismantled and shipped across the ocean. This gift from France to commemorate the centenary of the Revolutionary War, an allegory of “Liberty enlightening the world,” was inaugurated on October 28, 1886. “And France created the symbol that embodied America,” declared France-Amérique a full century later. As part of the 100-year anniversary, the giant copper lady was completely restored by French artisans, and the torch’s flame was coated with 5,000 pieces of gold leaf. It still watches over the city, supported by its “godmother,” fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg.
With a watchful eye and a raised fist, the director, who passed away in 2019, shook up the tiny film world in both France and the United States. The New Wave star, who first made a name for herself with her movie Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), moved to California in the late 1960s. She shot six films on the West Coast – including a libertarian manifesto set against the backdrop of free love and a documentary on the Black Panthers – and received an honorary Oscar in November 2017. Shortly afterwards, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her movie Faces Places (2017), co-directed with artist JR. She also entertained Hollywood by sending cardboard cutouts of herself to a dinner party she couldn’t attend!
Table of contents
By Clément Menet, president of Chargeurs Philanthropies
Eighty Years of France-Amérique, from A to Z
By Guénola Pellen, director of France-Amérique
FRANCE-AMÉRIQUE FROM A TO Z
Battle of New York
Simone de Beauvoir
Black Lives Matter
Call My Agent!
Emily in Paris
The French Laundry
Charles de Gaulle
Hubert de Givenchy
The Little Prince
Alexis de Tocqueville
Jean de Verrazane
© Harry Gruyaert/Magnum Photos, courtesy of La Martinière/Abrams, La Vie en Rouje, 2022