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Is France Doing Enough to Fight Anti-Semitism?

Last March, 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll was stabbed to death in Paris. This murder was the latest in a series of anti-Semite crimes that started a few years ago. In reaction, the Israeli Prime Minister urged French Jews to flee the country. These crimes, as heinous as they are, must be put into perspective, according to New York Times...

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France Wants Become an Artificial Intelligence Leader

"I think artificial intelligence will disrupt all the different business models and it’s the next disruption to come,” said Emmanuel Macron to the American magazine Wired. “So I want to be part of it.” The French president has recently announced that France will spend €1.5 billion within the next five years to catch up with the United States and China...

Are French Waiters Rude?

Rude, or just French? A waiter in a Vancouver restaurant claims he was fired for having a “more direct and expressive” culture than his North-American coworkers. "The much-maligned and often misunderstood French waiter is an inscrutable breed unto himself,” wrote journalist Cristina Nehring in the Wall Street Journal in 2015. And it appears this view still rings true today. Guillaume...

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Are the French More Optimist than the Americans?

American journalist Pamela Druckerman, who has been living in Paris and writing about French parenting for 14 years, is noticing a trend: "France is starting to seem like an upbeat, can-do country, while Americans are less sure that everything will be O.K." "The French haven’t become magically cheerful," she writes. But since Emmanuel Macron was elected last June, "there’s a...

The Great Cat Massacre: French History Revealed by the Americans

In 1730 in Paris, two apprentice printers staged a trial for their masters’ cats, condemned them to death by hanging, and carried out the sentence. This tragic event in the history of France continues to fascinate American historians and actors today. The Great Cat Massacre on the Rue Saint-Séverin was, in the words of the perpetrators, "the funniest thing that ever...

Happy as a Jew in France

The American press, conservative (Wall Street Journal) as well as progressive (New York Times), regularly proclaims that it has become impossible for Jews to live in France. I conclude that these papers know neither the history of France nor what antisemitism really was. Never in the thousand years that Jews have been in France have we been happier or less...[Subscriber]

“Faces Places”: A Journey Through France

Iconic Nouvelle Vague director Agnès Varda recently roamed across France with JR, an artist renowned for his giant, black-and-white photos displayed in public spaces. The resulting poetic road movie received the award for Best Documentary Film at Cannes this year and will come out in U.S. theaters on October 6. “Are you game?” asks JR at the start of the...[Subscriber]

Capturing Environmental Changes from New York to Perpignan

New York photographer Steve Giovinco is renowned for his dusky landscapes, and has received funding from the French Ministry of Culture to document the consequences of global warming in the south of France. With his camera hung around his neck, Steve Giovinco is hot on the trail of environmental changes. The New York photographer has captured the destruction caused by...

Deserving Tourists

Terrorist attacks have not damaged France’s appeal for travelers, and the country remains the world’s leading tourist destination. The current obstacles are above all the fault of the French government. Despite the recent terrorist attacks (and lunatics wandering around the foot of the Eiffel Tower holding knives) France’s appeal has not suffered any long-term damage. The country is still the...

Craft Beer’s Triumphant Return to France and the United States

American brewers have been rediscovering and remixing long-forgotten traditional French beer recipes since the 1980s. Some of these American beer artisans have even moved to France, and today are playing a role in the “craft beer revolution.” A sign of this evolution, the Mondial de la Bière international craft beer festival — which was created in Montreal in 1994 — will take place...

A Message to American Entrepreneurs: “Come to France, We Love you!”

While on a trip to New York for the French Touch Conference, the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, reiterated Emmanuel Macron’s message to American entrepreneurs: “Come to France, you have a home here.” It’s become something of a tradition; the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs has attended the French Touch Conference every year since...

Made in France, the “Cursed Film” is Released in the United States

The release of Nicolas Boukhrief’s film was pushed back twice. First in January 2015, following the attacks against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, then a second time the same year after the shootings and hostage taking of November 13. This thriller examines the birth of an Islamist cell in the Paris suburbs, and the “fiction” was deemed too close to reality....

France Reacts to Donald Trump’s Election Victory

The official result came in around 2am EST on November 9, 2016: Donald J. Trump had been elected 45th President of the United States. The reactions from French politicians and the media were quick to follow. In a speech given live from the Palais de l’Elysée, François Hollande offered cold congratulations to the elected candidate, “as is natural between two...