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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Are Statues Historical or Political Symbols?

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...

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,...

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...

First Ladies v. Premières Dames

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cheating, an Old Tour Tradition

This year’s Tour de France, which began on July 1, drew scandal once again when veteran Portuguese cyclist Andre Cardoso was suspended after testing positive for a prohibited drug, one also used by Lance Armstrong when he won the seven Tour titles that were taken away when his cheating was discovered in 2012. But cheating has actually been a part...

The New York Times
Can France Become the Next Silicon Valley?

An old train depot in the heart of Paris, which was inaugurated this Thursday, is the new symbol of France’s dream to become the start-up capital of Europe. Station F, a 366,000-square-feet space that hopes to house over 1,000 budding companies, is supported by tech giants like Facebook and Amazon as well as legislation from French President Emmanuel Macron. Though...

The New York Times
Trump's Yes to Bastille Day in Paris

President Donald Trump will celebrate Bastille Day and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American entry into WWI with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Macron extended an invitation to the American leader over the phone and now the two plan to review a military parade on the Champs-Elysées. So far, these two new leaders have clashed on multiple occasions but...

The New York Times
For Macron, Triumph and a Warning

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche won an overwhelming majority of seats in the legislative assembly on Sunday’s election. Moreover, many of the winners were first-time candidates that Macron was pushing in an effort to make the assembly more diverse. While this is largely seen as a victory for the new president, he still faces obstacles that...

The Wall Street Journal
Has France Found Its Ronald Reagan?

American conservative political commentator Walter Russell Mead compares Emmanuel Macron's victory to Ronald Reagan's election in 1980. Read more in The Wall Street Journal or on the Hudson Institute's website.

The Atlantic
Sciences: Trump Cuts, Macron Invests

Emmanuel Macron invests in science and invites to France American scientists left without a job due to Donald Trump’s budget cuts. Read more in The Atlantic.

W Magazine
Cannes Contests Netflix’s "Cultural Imperialism"

Two films produced by Netflix are in this year's competition at Cannes — Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories and Bong Joon-ho's Okja — and will never be released in theaters. This detail upsets French cinema owners. Read more in W Magazine.

The New York Times
Macron-Le Pen Channelled Clinton-Trump's Last Debate

Pugilat verbal plus que discussion raisonnée, le débat entre Marine Le Pen et Emmanuel Macron a marqué mercredi soir la dernière ligne droite dans la course à l’Elysée. Les deux candidats ont vraisemblablement calqué leur joute verbale sur celle de Donald Trump et Hillary Clinton. "Vous êtes la France de la soumission", a déclaré Marine Le Pen en coupant la parole à son adversaire. "La haute prêtresse...

What if America Voted Like France?

What would the American political landscape look like if the president was not elected by an electoral college, but by a popular vote as it is the case in France? Read more in Politico.