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The World’s Best Soccer Players Live Outside Paris
ESPN

To scout new members, soccer clubs took to exploring the Ile-de-France région, the area surrounding Paris which has become the world's top talent pool for professional soccer players. The area alone has provided a third of the French national team and more talent than Asia, Africa and North America combined. On rudimentary sports complexes ringed by dingy apartment blocks, children...

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Should France Publish Anti-Semitic Pamphlets?
The Washington Post

The French publishing house Gallimard announced that in May it will release Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Ecrits Polémiques (Polemical Writings), a series of three anti-Semitic pamphlets written by the beloved French author between 1936 and 1941. The Washington Post is questioning the timeliness of this decision as well as how to put into context pamphlets written in support of German and Italian...

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The 2024 Olympics, a Godsend for the Paris Banlieues?
Citylab

Paris will host the 2024 summer Olympic Games. The head of the International Olympic Committee sees the event as "a win-win situation" and Emmanuel Macron has called it a "victory." But how will France benefit from hosting the Games? The 1900 Olympics resulted in the construction of several famous Parisian monuments such as the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais....

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Is the 2008 Crisis Responsible for the “French Tech” Boom?
Bloomberg

The development of France’s technological sector was certainly not sparked by the election of Emmanuel Macron. Long overshadowed by England and Germany, the emerging “French Tech” is now thought to have begun with the 2008 crisis and the burst of the dot-com bubble. Young French graduates are now spurning traditional industries and civil-service jobs in favor of innovation and start-up...

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Is the French Language Sexist?
Foreign Policy

When it comes to gender in the French language, “the masculine always outweighs the feminine.” For example, if four female basketball players (joueuses) were joined by a male player, the group would become five joueurs. Does this mean the French language contributes to gender inequality? It does according to 314 French intellectuals, who signed a manifesto questioning this grammatical gender...

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The Savory Adventures of Six American Foodies in Paris
NPR

Les Trentes Glorieuses, the thirty-year period in France after World War II, saw a period of celebration and enlightenment in Paris that rebuilt the city as a capital of fashion, tourism, and, as American historian Justin Spring reminds us, food. Spring’s latest book, The Gourmand’s Way, chronicles the Parisian adventures of six American food writers — A.J. Liebling, Alice B....

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The French Revolution and the Birth of American Feminism
OZY

On January 24, 1793, when France officially broke ties with England during a bloody revolution that had just seen the beheading of King Louis XVI, cannons rang out in Boston to celebrate the new French Republic’s first victory. Although the American government did not support the revolution, everyday Bostonians celebrated their allies across the Atlantic. Exceptionally, women gathered and rejoiced...

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Philip Roth, a Rare French Literary Superstar
The Washington Post

Philip Roth is a surprising French hit. In early October, he was awarded one of the country’s highest literary honors, joining the ranks of French giants Albert Camus and Honoré de Balzac and expats Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Roth’s complete works will be translated and published in the famous Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, an anthology collection published by renowned...

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Once Again, the French Are Colonizing Quebec
CityLab

French expats in Montreal are having trouble fitting in. Though the Canadian city has long treasured its shared bond and culture with the French motherland across the Atlantic, they are not so respectful of the recent influx of immigrants that have been pouring through their borders. The Atlantic's CityLab website reports that many Montreal residents have been expressing disapproval at...

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Costco, an Unexpected Hit in France
The Atlantic

In June, the hypermarket giant opened its first store in the outskirts of Paris. Costco, famous for selling cheap products in bulk, is the largest American membership-only warehouse chain and the second largest retailer in the world, after Walmart. Although its decision to cross into France was met with pessimism and predictions of its downfall, the brand’s performance seems to...

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Charlie Hebdo is Taking on America
The Washington Post

While the satirical newspaper is a household name in France, it is most widely known in the U.S. as the target of an Islamic terrorist attack in 2015 that killed 12 journalists in its Paris offices. Often, the publication’s controversial and brash cartoons, such as a recent cover of Hurricane Harvey victims as underwater Nazis, have sparked controversy in the...

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Paris and Marrakesh Museums for Yves Saint Laurent
The New York Times

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a concept 10 years in the making, will open to the public on October 3. Housed in the old headquarters of Saint Laurent’s company, on Avenue Marceau, the museum will feature rotating exhibitions of the iconic designer’s couture with original pieces dating all the way back to 1964. In conjunction with this project, the...

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French Artist Lifts Mexican Child Over U.S. Border Wall
The New Yorker

French street artist JR has struck again. He's been traveling the world for his project, "Inside Out," and taking large photos of people to paste on the side of buildings. In the latest edition, he installed the image of a Mexican toddler peering curiously from the Mexican side of the border over the wall it shares with the United States....

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Hurricane Harvey Echoes the 1910 Paris Flood
The Houston Chronicle

Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane of 2017, hit Texas on August 25 and wreaked havoc on the region for 8 days. Houses were ripped apart by heavy winds, flooded by torrential rains or affected later as storm water caused overrun rivers to flood onto land. Houston, the fourth most populous city in the U.S., received a majority of the...

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Are Statues Historical or Political Symbols?
Bloomberg

The French have stories to share with the U.S. in their current struggle over Confederate statues and symbols. The tension caused by figures such as Southern general Robert E. Lee resembles the attitude of the French toward the French Revolution or later, the emperor Napoleon. In an op-ed for Bloomberg, Francis Wilkinson draws parallels between Confederate monuments in America and...

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Jerry Lewis, an American Misunderstood
The New York Times

American comedian, actor and filmmaker Jerry Lewis was not always as appreciated in the United States as he was in France. His brand of slapstick humor, penchant for physical comedy and outspoken views that were interpreted, especially later in life, as racist or out-of-touch, meant he sometimes fell out of favor with American media and audiences. However, across the ocean,...

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The Facelift of Parisian Palaces
The Daily Beast

Parisian luxury hotels are working hard to bring foreign tourists back to the city after a series of terror attacks and security concerns caused many to stay away. According to the Vice President of the French association of hospitality professionals, certain luxury Parisian hotels lost up to 40 percent of their guests this summer as compared to the last. In...

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First Ladies v. Premières Dames
History

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promise to make official the position of a ‘First Lady’ has backfired. Macron wanted to increase transparency in government by creating an official title and position for his wife, Brigitte, but when proposals began circulating to put this plan in place, they were quickly halted by public resistance to the idea and Macron’s falling popularity. French artist...

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Bloomberg
Jeanne Moreau, from Scandal to Glory

Respected by French and American audiences alike for her iconic roles in the 1950s and 1960s, French actress Jeanne Moreau died last Monday. She began her rise to French New Wave stardom in 1958 when she starred in two films for director Louis Malle, The Lovers and Elevator to the Gallows, which featured music by Miles Davis. She was honored with a lifetime...

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NPR
Escargots Aren’t French Anymore

Shocking but true, a recent NPR article reveals that the classical French dish, escargots de Bourgogne, no longer originates in France. In fact, all of the Burgundy snails used to prepare this buttery and garlicky delicacy are imported from elsewhere in Europe, as far as Hungary and Ukraine. Though these snails were once farmed in France, they have virtually disappeared...

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CNN
France Leads the World in Soft Power

In another recognition of Macron’s new government, France has emerged as the new global leader in soft power, according to an annual report published this week. « The Soft Power 30 », released by the PR firm Portland Communications, ranks 30 countries in terms of values such as education, culture, political values and foreign policy. This year, France has risen...